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Caldy make the long journey to the south coast to play National one giants Plymouth Albion this week in what looks to be one of the toughest fixtures of the season.

The improvement on the pitch since the last meeting between the sides has given Caldy a boost ahead of their trip, with many writing them off in fixtures such as this earlier in the season.
Plymouth host Caldy off the back of a narrow defeat to Cambridge – a game they fully expected to win – leaving them in fourth position and searching for a resounding victory to get back on track.
Forwards coach Andrew Kyriacou is conscious of Albion’s capabilities, especially at home.

“They have got a top class pair of half-backs who put them in the right areas of the field,” he said. “They are ruthless and tough, they tackle hard and very well organised in defence. Ultimately we think about ourselves and the boys have confidence at the moment. Our main focus is to turn up and perform to the level we know we can.”
There is every right for Caldy to be optimistic at present after last week’s impressive victory against a clinical Old Elthamians side. This coming after a narrow and undeserving defeat to Darlington is proof of the progress and belief surrounding the club.

“The players lead everything in terms of the culture they have brought to the club,” Kyriacou explained. “They knew they didn’t reach the level of performance they expect from themselves. But we still managed to find a way to get on top, get the win, and send them home with nothing.

“The mental toughness and ruthlessness that has grown over the past 18 months, that’s all player led, and we are lucky to have players who understand what it takes to win at this level.”

The trip to Plymouth will require another level of ruthlessness if Caldy are to come away with victory. Yet the challenge is welcomed rather than feared as they continue their emphatic entrance to National one rugby.

Head coach Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad to play Plymouth Albion:

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

The 2nd XV are at home tomorrow as they face Sedgley Tigers looking to continue their good form after another good win last weekend away at Preston (kick off 2pm.) The 2nd XV still maintain their second place position on 68 points and still hold out hopes of chasing down Chester although this will be difficult as they maintained their almost perfect season with only one loss in sixteen games.

Last weekend the 3rd XV were at home against Liverpool Tritons and over 50 players were involved in a good day for rugby at the club. The 3rd XV will look to play a number of further fixtures before the end of the season as they remain unbeaten to date.

The Senior Colts did not have a game last weekend. The Senior Colts are at home to Bowdon in the quarter finals of the Cheshire Cup this weekend.

The Junior Colts now sit in third in the league after last weekend’s excellent 29-10 over local rivals Chester. The Junior Colts are away this weekend in the Cheshire Cup quarter finals at Bowdon.

In the Junior Section on Sunday, The Under 14s are playing Lymm at home and the Under 15s are away at Marple. The Under 13s and Under 16s are both at home training.

In the Minis section half of the minis are at home this weekend against Sandbach and the other half are away at Anselmians in the Paul Close Trophy.

Don’t forget that the Six Nations games will be shown in the clubhouse over the weekend.

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

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