CALDY produced one of their grittiest performances of the season so far as they came back from a 13-3 deficit after 45 minutes to secure a well deserved 17-13 win.
Tries from Gavin Roberts and Andrew Soutar turned the game on one of the heaviest pitches of the season. Despite the conditions both sides tried to play rugby but were hampered by the deteriorating surface.
The Bees started much the better of the two sides and took a 3-0 lead after four minutes with a penalty kick from Jack Jolly following an infringement at the ruck.
The Bees doubled their lead on 11 minutes with another penalty kick from a difficult angle and distance.
On 25 minutes, Caldy went down to 14 players after hooker Christian Jones was sent off following a 20-man melee where many punches were thrown but one player punished possibly somewhat harshly.
Caldy’s play was improving slowly throughout the half and they deservedly cut the lead to three points with a penalty from Rich Vasey to close the half.
The Bees stretched their lead to 10 points at the start of the second half when full-back James Oliver benefited from a mix up in the Caldy defence and raced under the posts to score. Jolly converted.
On 56 minutes, a good move in the backs saw Gavin Roberts break free, swerve around the full-back and touch down under the posts. Vasey converted.
Caldy continued to dominate the game and three minutes later Andrew Soutar scored after he volleyed a poor pass ahead and then collected it to get his first try of the season. Vasey kicked a conversion from the touch-line to stretch the lead to four points.
Caldy could and probably should have scored more tries with Gavin Roberts unlucky not to get a second after he was adjudged to have committed a double movement.
Caldy retained the ball for the bulk of the last 20 minutes and deservedly took the four points.