Fri 19 Jan 2018 12:53

Last week a flooded pitch at Cambridge led to the postponement of Caldy’s National 1 fixture but they are back in action this week against promotion chasing Darlington Mowden Park who sit in second place behind the pace setters Coventry. In the first match between the sides, newly promoted Caldy pushed DMP hard and came away from the 25,000 seater Echo Northern Echo Arena with two losing bonus points after a close 32 - 26 reverse. The North East side will arrive at Paton Field full of confidence after last week’s hammering of Birmingham Moseley 42-7. Caldy presently sit in 10th place in the table with 41 league points and they know that wins at Paton Field are all important if they are to progress in National 1. The Wirral side have won their last 4 home games and will be very focussed on making it 5 in a row. Caldy’s Director Rugby Gareth Davies knows his team will have to be at their very best to overcome DMP. ‘It has taken us a little time to find our feet in this league which isn’t a surprise given the quality of the teams but we are getting there. DMP are an impressive side with some outstanding individual players. They can attack from anywhere and our match earlier in the season was a great advert for National 1 rugby with some super tries scored by both sides. Conditions on Saturday are likely to be somewhat different and we have prepared accordingly.’ Simon Verbickas has selected the following side: PARKER, STAGG, SALISBURY, COLLISTER, SANDERS, CROWE, DAVIDSON, DICKINSON, JONES, HAYES, HIBBERD, BANKS, JONES D, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: WHITTAKER, HEARN, CROSS, DOYLE, DIXON The 2nd XV did managed to get a gamer last weekend against Sale FC and a large number of the squad got some air in the lungs as they defeated Sale FC at Carrington. Many thanks to Sale FC for fulfilling the fixture despite their withdrawal from the league a few weeks ago. This weekend Andrew Soutar takes his men to Macclesfield in league action looking to maintain their good run of form against what is always a difficult foe and especially on their home patch. The 3rd XV have no game this weekend but are at home next weekend when they entertain Liverpool Tritons (kick off 2.15pm) The Senior Colts had not played since November when they took to the field last Sunday at home against a Lymm side who are pushing for the title. Caldy were competitive up front but in the end the talented Lymm backs settled the fixture as they ran out winners by 62-0. This weekend, the Senior Colts are at home again against Liverpool Collegiate (kick off 2pm) The Junior Colts did not have a game last weekend but helped the Senior Colts by supplying players and this weekend are away at Chester in what is always a good derby game between the two sides (kick off 12.30pm) The Under 16s are at home this weekend to Helsby and the Under 15s are playing Chester at home in a rearranged game. The Under 14s, Under 13s and Minis are due to train at home this Sunday weather permitting. AFYA part owned by former Ben Wood will be at Caldy tomorrow with the Shadow Man equipment and experienced rugby coaches, registration is at 9.30 and starts at 10am until 12.30pm when lunch will be supplied. Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!

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