Match report: Cambridge vs Caldy

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Two late trys from winger Nick Royle secured Caldy’s sixth win in eight National One games and also the league lead at the expense of Cambridge who can feel unfortunate not to have taken the points themselves after an exhilarating game at Granchester Road.

It was the home side who struck first within the first two minutes through a penalty from Laurence Rayner.

Caldy hit back almost immediately through a converted try from Gavin Roberts playing at Centre who strolled through the Cambridge defence, with the conversion from Ben Jones making up for an earlier penalty miss.

In the 17th minute Cambridge took the lead after Conquest powered through to score the home side’s first try of the afternoon.

On the half hour, last week’s man of the match Harrison Crowe finished a fabulous Caldy move to allow the Ravers to have a four point lead at half time.

The tough contest continued in the second half with a number of scrums in the middle of the park and on 46 minutes a scuffle at the scrum saw Caldy captain Tom Saunders sent to the sin bin and the home side were awarded a penalty try.

Cambridge took advantage of the extra man scoring their third try of the afternoon after some good interchange play and Asiedu crossed to give the home side a seven point lead going into the final quarter of this topsy turvy match.

When Saunders returned from his time on the sidelines Caldy moved into top gear pressuring the Cambridge line with a number of attacking phases and when the ball got to Nick Royle the league’s top scorer wasn’t going to miss bringing the Ravers back into the game.

With the seconds ticking down Caldy continued to press and once again the ball got to Royle who crossed to send the away fans into raptures.

Caldy now have two matches at home the first of which is on Saturday against fourth placed Blackheath who will give the team their toughest test at Paton Field this season.  Kick off is at 3pm.

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