Warren Spragg talks to the Gazette ahead of Leicester Lions game

By September 21, 20181st XV, Match Previews

Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg talked to The Blackpool Gazette’s Sports Editor Andy Moore ahead of his team’s trip to Leicester Lions on Saturday (ko 14.00). Reproduced courtesy of the Gazette.

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Tom Carleton is ready to step up to the plate as Fylde RFC’s emergency scrum-half, though first-choice Cam Crampton’s ankle injury is not as serious as first feared.

Full-back Carleton moved up to half-back when Crampton was stretchered off on only his third appearance for the club against Macclesfield last Saturday. The club feared a broken ankle but head coach Warren Spragg told The Gazette:  “It’s a sprain, not a break, and the ligament damage is minimal. He is up and about and has been at training this week. We’re looking at a few weeks out.

“Tom Carleton has that x-factor and is a threat with ball in hand. Scrum-half is a new role to him, though he played there a few times last season when Greg Nicholls was out.

“Full-back is Tom’s best position and that is where we want him to play long-term, but he has put the team first and understands that the best thing for the team is for him to play number nine for a few weeks. That’s the attitude we want.”

Second XV half-back Tom Forster is not an option after breaking his jaw last weekend, while a shoulder injury will again rule Nick Ashcroft out of tomorrow’s match at Leicester Lions. Fylde head to the Midlands as the form side, Leicester having lost all three games and collected just one point.

But while Spragg is satisfied with his side’s start, there is no question of complacency. He added: “We are traditionally a strong attacking side but we have the best defensive record in the league. But what we want is the best record after 30 rounds, not just after three.

“We can’t underestimate Leicester. They have played good rugby and have been unlucky so far but we want to get in a winning habit. We have won both our home games but we have to win away as well. We’ve picked up 10 points at home and the aim is to get four points at Leicester to get our away form started.”