CALDY did not manage to come away with any points at Stourbridge but can take great heart from an excellent performance in which they put the champions-elect under some pressure.
Caldy’s defence was excellent for the most part and but for a 15-minute period at the start of the second half they matched Stourbridge in most areas of the game.
Jon Sewell was fantastic with an all-action performance.
Stourbridge started the game well and full-back Tom Jarvis scored an excellent try after two minutes when he broke free from a tackle and touched down out wide.
Fly-half Ryan missed the conversion. Caldy hit back almost straight away as a misplaced kick from Stourbridge was chipped back over their heads by Matt Van Sertima who ran onto the ball and touched down. Rich Vasey kicked the conversion to give Caldy the lead.
Both sides had further opportunities to score in the first half but neither took them through both the heavy pitch and some handling errors.
Stourbridge made an excellent start to the second half with centre Will Hurrell touching down in the corner after good pressure from the home side.
Ryan missed the conversion but kicked a penalty five minutes later to give the home side a 13-7 lead.
Winger Nathan Bressington and full-back Tom Jarvis scored good solo tries which were both converted to further stretch the lead to 27-7 and fly-half Ryan kicked a penalty to take the score to 30-14.
Despite the scoreline, Caldy were always a threat and on 72 minutes, Gavin Roberts found space out wide to score his 14th try of the season and Vasey converted.
Caldy attempted to reduce the deficit but were foiled in their chances.
This Saturday Caldy travel to Stockport for a re-arranged league fixture (kick off 2pm)