CALDY got their National League Three North season off to a good start with a victory against a well-drilled Loughborough Students.
The men from Paton Field faced a challenging first assignment, but their great experience showed through as they held a 22-0 lead, before allowing two late scores for the home team.
Andrew Souter kicked a penalty for Caldy after five minutes, when the home team strayed offside.
But it was perhaps no surprise then, that it was great defence that led to the first try, Matt Lamming winning turnover ball 30 metres out from Loughborough’s line. Quick hands saw Shaun Woof break and put Mark Turner in for the try, Souter converting.
It stayed that way until just before half-time, when a set move straight from a scrum saw Jon Sewell, John Broxson and Turner combine to send Souter in at the corner for a wonderful score.
After the break, Caldy gained a measure of control and were camped in Loughborough’s half. Despite Derek Salisbury being yellow carded, they scored a further try from Lamming, who forced his way to the line after consistent forward pressure. With Souter’s conversion, the score was 22-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Although it was disappointing to lose two tries before the end, 22-14 was perhaps a fair measure of the game. Next week, Caldy travel to Darlington.