Paton Field stage is set for underdogs Caldy
There was a slight deviation on course to such ambitions in last week’s 43-25 defeat. The score came as a surprise to many as Old Albanians produced their performance of the season to overcome Caldy.
Their need to call upon Saracens’ youth to aid their survival challenge was a testament to Caldy’s debut season and certainly a canny use of the unjust ‘dual registration’ rule. Yet Caldy fight on. An 11 point cushion with three games remaining is a favourable one considering the size of the club.
With two out of those games being at home, the team are confident they can carry on outplaying even the top Nat One sides, starting with Blackheath today.
“There’s no reason why we can’t take them on,” Derek Salisbury said.
“They are a good all-round side with a mobile pack and really sharp backs.”
“They’re outside centre Markus Burcham caused us a lot of problems in the 13 channel so our aim is to play proactively and limit their opportunities as much as possible.”
Treating Blackheath to another scintillating home performance will put Caldy close but not mathematically safe.
“The lads know they’re still in a relegation battle,” first team coach Andrew Soutar clarified.
“The senior players have been relentless in reminding them of that. So until it’s mathematically certain we will continue to work hard like we have all season.”
Blackheath arrive in good form and with plenty of experience. Last week’s 23-12 win against Cambridge secured a bonus point win and outside centre Burcham, who was making his 150 th appearance last week, playing 127 games consecutively, rather poignantly scored a try. This is a tough test for Caldy but passing tough tests with distinction is by no means out of the question.
Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad for this weekend:-
WHITTAKER, STAGG, PARKER, COLLISTER, SANDERS, CROWE, DAVIDSON, DICKINSON, JONES, HAYES,
HIBBERD, JONES D, ROBERTS, ROYLE, DIXON SUBS: CONCU, CROSS, GERRARD, GRAY, DOYLE
The 2 nd XV were also in action last weekend as they faced Waterloo at home in a friendly as Waterloo had been removed from the league a few weeks earlier. A one sided result saw Caldy win 58-14 but the Waterloo lads put in a real shift and never game up and scored two good tries of their own. This weekend, Caldy face Sedgley Park away (12pm) kick off.
The 2 nd XV lads will then be heading back to the club with a number of them doing Brave the Shave for the Brain Tumour Research Charity. Lynn Ridgway, our much loved Vice Chairwoman, recently found out she has a brain tumour and her sons Andrew and Callum who play rugby at the club as well as a group of their friends have decided to have their heads shaved for charity at the club after the 1 st XV game. Please read the Just Giving page for the full story. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-ridgway3
The Senior Colts are in action this Sunday in the Cheshire Bowl semi final against Sale FC away from home (kick off 2pm.)
The Junior Colts are also in semi final action as they take on Sandbach at home (kick off 12.30pm). Come down and support the lads.
In the Junior Section, the Under 15s face Douglas at home (kick off 12.00pm) in the Cheshire Plate tomorrow.
The Under 13s are away in Cheshire semi finals at Winnington Park in the Cheshire Shield Waterfall and Sandbach in the Cheshire Plate Waterfall
The Under 14s are at home in the Cheshire Bowl semi final against Sale FC on Sunday
The Under 16s are away against Ellesmere Port in the Cheshire Bowl semi final
Good luck to everyone in semi final action this weekend.
The Minis are training at home this weekend.
Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!