Skipper signs off with stylish win

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Deeping RFC 53 Spalding 10

THE Green Machine won their final match of the season – a friendly against a strong Spalding Development XV side – by a wide margin.

The friendly was hurriedly arranged after Northampton Mens Own, who Deeping beat 123-0 last year, failed to fulfil their league commitment.

Deeping president Peter Ward said: “It was great of Spalding to put a team together at such short notice so we could entertain our vice-presidents and so that our match ssponsors, Meadows Taxation and Accountancy of Stamford would actually have a match to sponsor. And also to see off our outgoing captain of the last five seasons Nic “Nobby” Coupland.

“We even had supporters come up from as far as Bristol”

The match started well for the home side with the top-points-scorer-of-the-season title to be settled between Vernon Horne who started the match on 19 tries (95 points) and Nick Dobie, who’s boot had earned him 96 points, set to battle it out.

Horne went on to score three of Deeping’s nine tries while Dobie was left some difficult touchline conversions. He managed to convert four but it left Horne as this season’s top scorer.

In his last game as skipper, Coupland was named man of the match before thanking the players and club for their support. He has vowed to play on next season and to continue to coach the senior mens and ladies teams.