Caldy confident that complacency will play no part
It may have been a well-earned bank holiday weekend off for Caldy but the buzz of beating
Birmingham Moseley in the final second of play has not yet died out.
The roar of Paton Field as Ben Jones confirmed an unlikely turnaround is still echoing in the minds of
the players and will undoubtedly be the driver in securing safety.
“It was a great feeling being able to give the supporters the finish we have missed so narrowly out
on so often this season,” Derek Salisbury explained. “If Ben Jones had pulled his finger out earlier we
would’ve won it sooner!”
It was a victory nonetheless and it puts Caldy in a commanding (but far from certain) position to
secure another season in National One Rugby – 15 points above the drop zone with 4 games to play.
“It’s drilled into us that complacency kills,” Salisbury said. “We can still go down so there is no taking
out foot off the gas.”
The first hurdle of the final straight begins with a trip to Old Albanians who are fighting for their lives
sitting second from bottom. A recent win over fellow strugglers Loughborough has given renewed
hope to Albanians knowing two similar results will give them a chance of survival.
“It’s always harder travelling to another team’s ground in this league. Everyone is stronger on home
turf and the position both teams find themselves in means the ramifications are huge.”
Clearly the 21-0 score line in which Caldy were victorious in the home fixture will be unlikely this
Yet a similar ‘stick it up your jumper’ style rugby may edge the game in Caldy’s favour with captain
Tom Sanders leading his pack of battering rams ever closer to securing National One status.
Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad
CONCU, STAGG, PARKER, GRAY, SANDERS, CROWE, COLLISTER, DICKINSON, JONES, HAYES, HIBBERD,
OTUAHA, BANKS, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: WHITTAKER, CROSS, GERRARD, JONES, DIXON
The 2 nd XV are at home this weekend against Waterloo (kick off 3pm) after a having a free weekend
for the last two weekends. Please come down and support the players if you have some free time in
The Junior Colts are training at home this weekend in readiness for their cup game next weekend at
The Under 16s and Under 14s are both training at home.
The Under 15s are In Ireland this weekend on tour.
The Under 13s are away at Sefton
In the Mini section, the 7s, 8s and 9s are at home and the 10s, 11s and 12s are away against Macclesfield.
Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!