CALDY secured their third successive Cheshire Cup final appearance with a 21-15 win against a Stockport side looking to regain some form ahead of the re-start of the league campaign next weekend.
Stockport brought a strong side and played some excellent rugby but the superior fitness of Caldy saw them edge home in a close affair.
Stockport were much more clinical in the first-half as they managed to score two tries and a conversion despite a heavy pitch and greasy ball.
Caldy had their opportunities to score but poor handling and the conditions continually broke up their possession.
Stockport kept the ball much better than the home side in the opening half and it was tough to see Caldy getting back into the game at 12-0 down.
After the break, Caldy were revitalised and it was not too long before they got onto the scoresheet after a driving maul started by Jon Sewell was pushed over the line and fellow lock Martin Gerrard found the space to touch down.
Stu Cross, who had an excellent game, then found space to stretch over the line for Caldy’s second try which Rich Vasey converted.
Back-rower Dave Jones scored Caldy’s third try on the touchline after some good forward play and Vasey again converted to make the score 21-12.
Stockport kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to six points but they were unable to score the try to snatch a victory as Caldy held on to win 21-15.
This coming weekend, Caldy first XV face Bromsgrove at home in National Two North (kick-off 2.15pm).