Caldy’s 15-7-win last weekend at Fylde’s Woodlands ground increased the Wirral side’s lead at the top of the table to 21 points over 2nd placed Fylde. Caldy’s 22nd win from 22 games is a remarkable statistic but it is not something Head Coach Matt Cairns is dwelling on.
“It was a really tough game in difficult conditions, and we were pleased with both the win and the manner of the win. Due to injuries three players came up from the 2nd xv for this crunch game and they slotted in superbly. We kept our discipline and focus for the entire 80 minutes and we just had a bit more when it mattered”
This week Caldy travel to face 4th placed Sedgley Tigers at Park Lane. This is Caldy’s catch up fixture from the previously postponed match from earlier in the season when wet conditions had rendered Park Lane unplayable. Cairns believes that last week’s match against Fylde may just have benefited Sedgley slightly more than Caldy.”
“Due to Storm Dennis Sedgley didn’t play last weekend which will have given them a valuable mid-winter rest period and perhaps allowed them to get a few more of their squad back from injury. We obviously had a hugely tough game against Fylde but thankfully we didn’t pick up any injuries”
“Park Lane is a very difficult place to go and Caldy hasn’t a great record there. Although we won through 32-11 against Sedge a couple of weeks ago at Paton Field, I am expecting it to be a much closer game this weekend.”
“Sedgley obviously know their pitch better than any other side and they will be sure to have a particular game plan for the winter conditions we will face on Saturday. The pitch is certain to be heavy and with a break last week Sedge will be a lot fresher than us”
The arithmetic at the top of National 2 North is such that if Sedgley on 74 points can win their two games they have in hand over Fylde with bonus points, they will propel themselves into 2nd place. This motivation isn’t lost on Cairns.
“I cannot see any of the chasing three or four teams in the league dropping many points on the run in to the end of the season and we did Sedgley a big favour last week against Fylde. Unfortunately, that will have only increased Sedge’s determination to turn us over this week.”
“We have last week’s experience against Fylde to draw on but two tough fixtures like this in consecutive weeks away from home against highly motivated opponents is just about as tough as it gets in National League rugby. The lads will need to be at their determined best.”
Matt Cairns has selected the following squad for the game against Sedgley Tigers which kicks off at Park Lane at 2.30 p.m.
1. Jack Parker, 2 Ollie Hearn, 3 Derek Salisbury, 4. Jack Collister, 5. Tom Sanders, 6. Harrison Crowe, 7. Adam Aigbokhae, 8. JJ Dickinson 9. Cameron Davies, 10. Lewis Barker, 11. Tom Cornall, 12 Mike Cartmill. 13. Gavin Roberts, 14. Nick Royle, 15. Rhys Hayes 16. Ryen Spencer Wolfe, 17.Jacob Ainscough, 18. Martin Gerrard, 19. Callum Ridgway, 20. John Whittaker