CALDY came away from Hull with a 32-28 win in National Two North against a Hull side that were littered with top class players.
Caldy’s newest recruits Chris Kohler and Martin Gerrard were both excellent on debut and Stuart Cross put in a Man of the Match performance, in his first appearance in the second row.
Caldy scored three deserved tries in another accomplished performance as the young side are visibly growing week by week.
The game could not have started any better for Caldy as within two minutes Chris Kohler put Matt Van Sertima into space and he ran half the length of the pitch to score out wide.
Vasey converted from the touchline. Tom Sanders had to leave the pitch after three minutes with a facial injury but replacement Gerrard got involved from the start and looks like an excellent prospect.
Three minutes later, Stu Cross got over the whitewash after Caldy retained the ball through several phases and Cross powered over from close range. Lound hit back for Hull with a penalty but Vasey kicked a long range effort to keep Hull at a distance.
Two unconverted Hull tries from Alex Piercy and Alex Campbell saw Hull get back into the game, but two further penalties from the boot of Vasey kept daylight between the sides at half-time.
Lound kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to five points but two penalties from Vasey on 52 and 56 minutes increased Caldy’s lead to 11.
Ben Eaves scored a superb try following some brilliant team play as they dragged the Hull side all over the park and then spread it to the backs with Eaves diving for the corner as Caldy took a 32-16 lead and looked to have the game sewn up.
Hull are a quality side and never gave up and two late tries from Dutton and Wigglesworth brought Hull to within four points but there was not enough time left as the referee blew for full time.
Caldy were deserved winners with their back play being sensational at times.
This weekend, Caldy travel to Otley in another difficult encounter in National Two North (kick-off 3pm).
NEVER has a try – or not, depending on your point of view – stirred up such strength of feeling at Moss Lane.
But despite the controversy, coach Martin Jones wants his Liverpool St Helens side to forget their hard luck in defeat to Vale Of Lune at the weekend.
He said: “We can only control the controllable and we will continue to work hard to do just that.”
This weekend LSH travel to Rochdale, the scene last season of a last gasp one-point victory and Jones, pleased with the way his team are playing, is looking for another solid performance to get them back on track.
“We still have areas for improvement,” he said. “But if we keep focusing on what we know and do well, together with everyone working hard, we will be there and thereabouts.”
Dave Cunliffe returns this week.
Meanwhile the girls and women’s season at LSH is now in full swing, recording an early notable achievement with 13 of the LSH U15 team chosen to join the Lancashire County squad. They are Holly Aitchison, Sarah Beckett, Nicole Boardman, Amelia Cadman, Gemma Donaldson, Eleanor Grey, Olivia Johnson, Olivia Lynan, Hannah Madden, Daisy Morrissey, Beck’s O’Dwyer, Hannah Walton and Charlie Wilcock.