Fri 16 Feb 2018 14:18

Caldy travel to third place Ampthill this week in a fixture that would typically have the hosts taking
victory for granted.
Recent form suggests otherwise.
Caldy have enjoyed a hugely successful period winning five of their last seven matches. And with
both defeats consolidated by bonus points, a newfound confidence oozes from the club, especially
against the so-called ‘bigger teams’.
The likes of Darlington and Plymouth have come so close to defeat at the hands of Caldy, having to
graft to new levels to avoid it.
Ampthill can expect no different and captain Tom Sanders believes recent success is down to one
factor.
“It’s all about error-free rugby,” he said. “We have managed to cut out the errors which were costing
us games and that showed last week. We showed we are above and beyond the teams around us.
We are ready to kick on and build from here.”
The last outing against Ampthill ended in a 22-39 defeat at Paton Field during a frustrating period in
which Caldy were coming agonisingly close to wins as they were still finding their feet in national
one. A sign of things to come.
Ampthill house a wealth of experience, not least ex-Tongan internationals Maama Molitika and Aleki
Lutui, and were arguably the most impressive side to visit Paton Field, according to Sanders.
“When we played them at home, their pack turned up and were really organised,” Sanders
explained. “They were probably the only pack to come here and overpower us this season. They’re
one of the only teams to actually come here and beat us with good play, as opposed to us making
the mistakes to allow them to win, which is a big credit to them”

The Caldy pack are not accustomed to being overpowered. Their consistent performances
throughout this debut season have stretched and turned over even the most experienced units in
the league.

So there is little fear, and more anticipation in what Caldy are doing currently.
Another close encounter is on the cards as Caldy look to set alarm bells ringing in the East Midlands.
Head coach Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad to face Ampthill and District:

PARKER, HEARN, SALISBURY, COLLISTER, SANDERS, CROWE, DAVIDSON, DICKINSON, JONES B,
HAYES, HIBBERD, JONES D, DOYLE, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: WHITTAKER, CROSS, WEIR, GERRARD,
BANKS

The 2 nd XV are back in action this weekend after a free weekend last Saturday. The boys are involved
in a double header (league and cup) against Waterloo at Waterloo tonight (kick off 7.45pm) and will
be looking to progress to the semi finals with a win where they will face the runaway league leaders
Chester in a few weeks time. Caldy are also hoping to keep the pressure on Chester at the top of the
league with a valuable four points.

The Senior Colts did not have a game last weekend and this weekend are at home to Warrington
(kick off 2pm) The Junior Colts drew at home last weekend 27 all at Liverpool Collegiate with a late
rally and this weekend have no game as they have a number of player involved with Cheshire.

Due to it being half term, there are no games at the club this weekend but most age groups will be
training. Please check with your age group for details

Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!

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