CALDY first XV failed to take advantage of their opportunities and allowed a determined Harrogate side to claw back a nine point deficit in the last ten minutes of the game and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
It looked ominous for the home side when in the first few minutes of the game Caldy scored a try through Andrew Barnish, after a clearance kick from Richard Davies was charged down.
Roberts missed the conversion. Harrogate hit back with a penalty from the boot of winger Jack Lactus after Caldy were adjudged to have strayed offside. Two minutes later, Harrogate took the lead when prop James Browne powered through two tacklers and stretched over the line to give Harrogate the lead at 10-5.
On 28 minutes, some good footwork from Josiah Dickinson allowed him to wriggle free of the Harrogate defence and race under the posts. Roberts converted the try to give Caldy a half time lead of 12-10.
After the break, Caldy looked the better side for the most part and it was not long before Woof allowed Gavin Roberts to find space and he weaved past the Harrogate full back to score Caldy’s third try.
As Harrogate had shown all day they were not going to be overrun by Caldy, and following some dogged forward play, Ryan Peacey bundled his way over the line to touch down in the corner and leave the scores 17-15 to Caldy.
Gavin Roberts found space again on 61 minutes after a poor kick out of defence by Harrogate and ran past the covering defenders to score under the post. Roberts duly converted his own try and it looked like Caldy would win
On 76 minutes, Jack Lactus kicked a penalty for the home side following hands in the ruck and Harrogate glimpsed a chance to snatch the game. From the re-start, Harrogate kept hold of the ball for some ten minutes, and eventually, in the final minute, Harrogate centre Kyle Dench stretched over the line to bring the teams within one point.
Jack Lactus kicked the close range conversion to win the game and give Harrogate a chance to avoid relegation.
l Caldy get the opportunity to maintain their push for a play-off place this weekend with the visit of fifth placed Luctonians to Paton Field for the last home game of the season and a crucial game in their season as a whole (kick off 3pm).
Please come along and show your support, it promises to be a cracking game.