Sat 27 Jan 2018, 14:00
A dominant second half display from Caldy saw them bounce back and ultimately overturn a nine
point halftime deficit to come away with all five points and leave Old Elthamians with nothing.
This was far from an easy task with tough conditions and an Old Elthamians side renowned for being
clinical and tough to break down. Yet Caldy thrived and showed the ever-growing Paton Field crowd
their quick progression in getting the job done, in what were similar circumstances to the previous
An early charge-down from OE had Caldy penned in for the opening ten minutes. A well-dealt with
early onslaught being further proof of Caldy’s learning curve in this debut season in National one.
After the fast start from the visitors, it was the Caldy who struck first with their first attack of the
match. A training ground lineout move orchestrated by Derek Salisbury, whose well-timed run from
the lineout gave Tom Sanders room to draw his man and put Tommy Banks in. Banks was
unstoppable in finishing off the move.
Three tries in quick succession for Old Elthamians put them in the driving seat. The most notable of
which came from a Joseph Carlisle chip which found acres of space in behind the rushing Caldy
backline. A lucky bounce and the ball fell to flanker Hamish Barton who impressively completed the
The importance of regaining the momentum going into halftime was recognised and Caldy ended
the half superbly, scoring one, and nearly another, had the use of TMO been available.
The momentum was with Caldy yet nine points still separated the sides at halftime.
It was Tom Sanders’ leadership that catalysed a second half performance full of determination and
endeavour from his pack.
After absorbing yet more OE pressure, Caldy’s first real attack of the half led to them clinically
scoring the first try. A precision kick to the corner from Rhys Hayes led to a catch-and- drive lineout.
After seven phases, Tom Sanders eventually got the ball down leaving Caldy within 5 points after
Ben Jones’ successful conversion.
JJ Dickinson scored a similarly amalgamated try to put Caldy level at 24-24. Up steps Ben Jones –
who filled in for the injured Gav Roberts impressively – to confidently score the conversion and give
Caldy the lead.
The remaining minutes saw Caldy show impressive game management, playing in the correct areas
of the pitch with an air of confidence to see the match out. It was confirmed OE left with nothing
through a Rhys Hayes drop goal and last play penalty converted by Ben Jones.
The final score of 32-24 was reminiscent of the improvements made in such a short amount of time
and moves Caldy into ninth position in National one.
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