10 of The Spartans met this morning at Keogh Barracks for training then headed up to Aldershot to meet the remaining 3 players. With only 13 players the team had a mammoth task ahead of them. The 18 man REME squad had 2 days perfecting drills and tactics for the fixture and came fully prepared.
The game got off to a fast start with REME scoring 2 tries in the first 10 minutes. The REME continued to pile on the pressure really testing The Spartans defence. The REME scored a further 2 tries before The Spartans scored their first try. The last 10 seen a couple more tries from both teams in and end to end the half.
The Spartans came out fast in the second half scoring 2 very quick well-deserved tries. The REME looked a little shaken by the 2 fast tries that were scored. They looked around thinking is this the same team we just played in the first half but the well-drilled team seemed to recompose and reapply the pressure scoring another 2 tries.
The Spartans really tested the REME defence today and final result doesn't truly reflect the game. All 13 Spartans left everything on the pitch today and all deserve a pat on the back. Anyone that has played Rugby League will know that it's always going to be a tough day with no subs. A huge well done to Stuart Silvester for dusting off his boots to play a full 80 minutes - still got it!! Another huge well done to 3 new Spartans players that took to pitch only learning the rules at 1000 this morning.
Final Score REME 96 - The Spartans 32
Man of the match - Pte Roche