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Your News Fylde 23 - Caldy 22

The sight of Caldys forwards going through extensive routines forty minutes after the end of this crucial National Three (North) game under the stern direction of no nonsense coach Matt Holt said a great deal about the fate of the once leaders of the division against Fylde on a still, dry day at the Woodlands. Successive defeats have really knocked the chances of the Cheshire club in their pursuit of promotion favourites Nuneaton.

Fylde were always going to provide difficult opposition and so it proved. Caldy had the best of the first half and were somewhat unfortunate to be 9-10 in arrears at the interval. A stirring second half display by the Lancastrians saw them clawing themselves further in front before scoring a conclusive try on 77 minutes to take them, decisively more than a score ahead. Caldy came back and replied with their first try on 79 minutes but it was too little, too late - other than for a rather important losing bonus point.

Fyldes influential fly-half Steve Nutt, just recovered from an ankle injury, was in fine fettle at the start of the game and looked as if he was enjoying his return leading the Fylde backline. Matters soon went down hill for him, however, as firstly he missed a kickable penalty on nine minutes and then ten minutes later walked painfully off the pitch with damaged ribs. Replacement Richard Kenyon came off the bench to take over the 10 position. This disrupted the cohesion of the Fylde backs as it was a tough ask of the experienced Lancashire county centre or fullback to take over the role of fulcrum in Nutts absence. An attempted penalty kick by Kenyon reminded everyone that he has been out of action most of the season and has had no kicking practice of late.

Caldy were dominating territory and especially possession. They were fierce at the breakdown and their big men Bradshaw, White and Sam Dickinson carried the ball well. On 14 minutes the Caldy backs moved the ball left well inside their own half. A telegraphed pass to their winger was clutched out of thin air by Fyldes Oliver Brennand and he raced in unopposed behind the posts. Nutt converted and Fylde had a 7-0 lead.

One of the ingredients of Caldys fine season has been the superb goal kicking of young centre Gavin Roberts. As soon as Nutt disappeared from the action Roberts took centre stage and he reduced the deficit on 20 & 28 minutes with sweetly struck efforts.

Although Caldy had more ball at this stage, their scrummage was under great pressure right through the game. Exceptional young props Adam Lewis and Kieran Brookes were giving their highly rated opponents Gavin Woods and Derek Salisbury a torrid time. On one occasion the Fylde scrummage drove the Caldy eight backwards at a rate of knots to win turnover ball.

Behind the scrum, Caldy posed numerous questions to a disciplined Fylde defence. On one occasion they broke through the Lancastrians' line down their right and only a marginally forward pass robbed them of a try. But on the stroke of half time Roberts kicked his third penalty to reduce the deficit at the break to 9-10.

The 2nd half was rather different. The Fylde forwards took control and their backrow achieved at first parity and then advantage. Flanker Mark Stephenson was everywhere, driving into Caldy defenders and supporting Fylde runners all over the pitch. Caldys discipline faltered and they gave away a succession of penalties. With no practiced goal kicker available, centre Tom Albinson, who had perhaps his best overall matches for the Club, took on the role and converted straightforward penalties on 50 & 61 minutes to put Fylde 16-9 in front.

Back came Caldy and 'Dead Eyed Roberts' replied in kind on 63 & 71 minutes to reduce the deficit once more to a single point at 15-16. The second of these followed the sinbinning of Fylde flanker Dave Wilks for interference at the tackle breakdown. It looked as though Caldy had the position to take the game against 14 men in the last ten minutes.

But, against the odds, Fylde pressed the visitors back on their 22m line on 77 minutes and Caldy overthrew at a lineout. Flanker Stephenson snapped up the loose ball, sprinted clear and gave a try scoring pass to replacement no 8 Dan Palmer. The former Waterloo player made the line with ease and gave Albinson a straightforward chance to convert for a 23-15 lead.

Caldy were not dead yet as they immediatley launched their own attack centre field and a beautiful piece of handling saw Andrew Soutar cut right through the otherwise impregnable Fylde defence for a fine score, with Roberts inevitably converting. It proved insufficient as Fylde controlled the last few minutes and achieved an excellent victory, their second in successive weeks by a single point. Fylde stay in 4th place, now within seven points of Caldy who, with the benefit of their last minute try, salvaged a bonus point putting them level with leaders Nuneaton.


FYLDE: Wallwork, Royle, Wiseman, Albinson, Brennand, Nutt (Kenyon 20), Aikman, Lewis (Irving 59), Holmes (Darlington 48), Brookes, Atkinson(A), Banks, Wilks, Stephenson, Bowman (Palmer 62).

Tries: Brennand 14, Palmer 77. Conversions: Nutt x1, Albinson x1, Pens : Albinson x3

CALDY: Turner, Soutar, Roberts, Woof, Devaney, Buck, Broxson, Woods, Dowridge (Cooper 78), Salisbury (Remfry 73), White, Bradshaw (Westhead 78), DickinsonJ (Mercer 58), Lamming, DickinsonS.

Try: Soutar 79. Conversions: Roberts x1. Pens.: Roberts x5

STAR MAN: Mark Stephenson (Fylde)


Fylde Caldy

7 Penalties conceded 12

8 Lineouts won 8

4 Lineouts lost 3

9 Scrums won 7

- Scrums lost 3

1 Sin bins -

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