Mon 08 Jan 2018 10:49 AM

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Fylde 2s 17 - 17 Caldy 2s

 

With Fylde's first team squad bolstered by the availability of several of the club's dual-listed Sale players they were able to put a strong side out to meet Caldy's 2s. That made for a very close contest, albeit one that Fylde looked to be winning for much of the game. Credit to Caldy for staging a strong finish that would see the honours in this game shared. 

 

The writing was on the wall for Caldy when Fylde took an early, and well deserved, 12 point lead - and for the balance of the game the visitors would learn that it would take several phases to break down Fylde's solid defence. When Caldy got this right they either scored or threatened to do so. They just didn't establish sufficient control for the entirety of the game to get on top of the opposition. 

 

As it was Caldy would go into the turn 12 - 5 down, courtesy of a gain line break from Jordan Tisdale, which was recycled for Mark Dixon to put Harry O'Loughlin over with a well executed grubber. In between times Caldy were forced to work hard for their exits, which, on the whole, they constructed well. 

 

The second half saw no particular change to the shape of the game, except for Caldy seeking to keep the ball in play more so than in the first half. Fylde's defence was up to the task for much of this period and, when the home team scored a third try to extend their lead to 17 - 5, it looked as though the game would die as a contest with less than 15 minutes left on the clock. 

 

Admirably, Caldy then started to translate possession into yards. Joe Doyle, Jordan Tisdale, and Mark Dixon found gaps: phases ensued, and Fylde's defence began to splinter. A flurry of penalties close to the line might have led to a yellow card for the home team but that was not to be. However, with Caldy now in the ascendant, and Alex White spinning long passes to the wing, Ben Eaves was able to put in one of his trademark finishes for a try converted by Liam Isaacs. Having avoided the fate of having his kicking leg cut off at half time with a rusty blade Luke Harris duly forced his way over from 5 metres out to level the scores at the death. 

 

Playing out of position at 7 Dafydd Jones showed great understanding of the game and promptly put in his best performance of the season. Jordan Tisdale also played out of position on the opposite flank to Dafydd in the second half and impressed with the ball in hand in both halves. Building on his last two outings with additional and critical yardage today, Joe Doyle led from the front and was Caldy's man of the match. 

 

1 Danny Salisbury 

2 Callum Ridgway 

3 Wade Williams 

4 Ryan Spencer-Wolfe

5 Joe Greenaway 

6 Luke Harris 

7 Dafydd Jones

8 Harry O'Loughlin

9 Jake Smethurst 

10 Liam Isaacs (capt)

11 Ben Eaves

12 Joe Doyle

13 Jordan Tisdale 

14 Tom Cornall

15 Mark Dixon

16 Alex White

17 Mark Higginson

 

Tries:

Harry O'Loughlin

Ben Eaves

Luke Harris

 

Conversion:

Liam Isaacs


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