This weekend Caldy will entertain Blackheath in the first of back to back home matches for the National 1 league leaders who will be looking to keep up their 100% home record against one of the world’s oldest rugby clubs.
The game against Blackheath starts a run of potentially difficult games for the Ravers in the next few weeks as we head to the midway point of the season just before Christmas.
Caldy’s fitness levels have been one of the key components of their success so far this season and it really showed in the last quarter of the game against Cambridge.
Caldy's home form has been impressive this season even if the games have been close with only one defeat in eight games stretching back to March including an impressive 42-18 victory against this weekend’s opponents last April.
The squad will only be missing Harrison Crowe this weekend who picked up a knock in the game at Cambridge.
Blackheath currently sit fourth in National one with an identical win/loss record as Caldy. However Blackheath are below due to having fewer bonus points. Last time out they beat second bottom Birmingham Moseley at home in another of National one’s tight games winning 30-26.
Blackheath first played a competitive game of rugby in 1850 against Richmond with both clubs becoming members of the newly founded Rugby Football Union along with 20 other clubs.
Blackheath have had many international players represent the club over the years including Frederick Stokes who was the first captain of the England International side.
Arthur Conan Doyle also mentioned Blackheath in his Sherlock Holmes stories as it was where Dr Watson played his Rugby.
The game will be part of a double header of games at Paton Field this weekend with Caldy's 2nd team playing a top of the table clash against Chester 2nd team in the Haribo Northwest Counties League at 1pm.