Fri 09 Feb 2018 13:29

With 20 games completed and 10 to go Caldy sit in 10 th position in the table but still with a lot of
work to do to consolidate their position in National League One. This week they face Rosslyn Park at
home and Caldy supporter and sponsor Barry Pilgrim knows that a win is important to maintain the
club’s momentum.

“Caldy have done well to establish themselves at this level and there has been a clear improvement
in performance since the start of the season. We were unlucky to lose the away fixture to Rosslyn
Park and we need to make home advantage count on Saturday”.
Rosslyn Park are one of the famous names in English rugby and this will be their first visit to Paton
Field for a league fixture. A stuttering start to their season was due to an horrendous injury list and
since the end of the year they have put in a good run winning five and drawing one of their last
seven games. Like Caldy they sit on 48 league points but by virtue of their two drawn fixtures they
currently pip Caldy for 9 th spot. Barry Pilgrim believes that if Caldy show the same level of
commitment as they displayed at Plymouth last time out they are certainly capable of getting the
result.

“The endeavour and bruising determination that the lads showed last week against Plymouth Albion
was impressive. Although they lost 21 -16, Caldy picked up a losing bonus point and the match was
in the balance right until the end. Not many sides leave Plymouth with anything. It was a very good
all-round team performance by Caldy but special mention needs to go to the big lads up front. They
were exceptional.”

Despite the difficult conditions Caldy raced into the lead as young powerhouse centre Delwyn Jones
smashed his way through 4 or 5 would be tacklers to go in for a brilliant score under the posts.
Scrum half Ben Jones converted and struck a penalty to put Caldy ten points ahead.
Albion replied after a chip kick by fly half Dan Mugford caught Caldy napping leading to a simple
home try. Another Ben Jones penalty was countered by a further Albion try to send the sides in with
a 14-13 home advantage at half time. An early Albion try in the second half stretched the home lead
to 21-13 and despite persistent Caldy pressure they were unable to break down the Albion defence
until a final Ben Jones penalty secured the losing bonus point.

Caldy will be looking for their big ball carriers to continue in a similar vein this Saturday in what are
expected to be difficult conditions.

Head Coach Simon Verbickas has selected the following match day squad for the match against
Rosslyn Park which kicks off at Caldy’s Paton Field at 2 p.m.

WHITTAKER, HEARN, SALISBURY, GERRARD, SANDERS, COLISTER, DAVIDSON, DICKINSON, JONES,
HAYES, HIBBERD, JONES, DOYLE, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: PARKER, CROSS, WEIR, CROWE, BANKS
The 2 nd XV were involved in a true game of two halves last weekend at home when they entertained
Sedgley Tigers at Paton Field. The home side went into the break winning 21-5 and a second half
fight back saw the visitors close the game to 28-20 before the boys saw the game out. The 2 nd XV
have no game this weekend but next weekend are away on Friday night against Waterloo in a league
and cup double header (kick off 7.45)

The Senior Colts did not have a game last weekend and this weekend are away in league action
against Chester.

The Junior Colts are at home this weekend against Liverpool Collegiate (12.30pm kick off)
The Under 16s are away at Helsby this weekend and the Under 15s are at home against Sale FC.
The Under 14s are at home to Lymm and the Under 13s are at home against Stockport.
The Under 12s are training and the Under 10s and Under 11s are at home to Wilmslow.
The Under 7s, Under 8s and Under 9s are all away at Wilmslow this weekend.

The International games will be shown live in the clubhouse this weekend so please come along and
support the club.

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

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