Caldy Review and Kendal Preview

By David Wilkinson

 

Last Saturday’s Cheshire Cup game against, what turned out to be a Caldy XV rather than their second-string, had always been earmarked as the fixture to give opportunities to some of the 2nd team players. However, Caldy’s first team fixture against the Jersey Reds had been cancelled, and for whatever reason their coaches had decided to bolster their 2nd team with 8 of their Championship players, and as such were a bit disappointed that they were not playing a full-strength Macc team. This is what Head Coach Darren Lamond had to say after the match: “With 8 Championship players up against 8 Macc 2nd teamers on debut, there was obviously going to be a gulf, and that was there to be seen from the off. A number of the lads had been knocking on the door and really earned their opportunity and it was a good hit-out for them. The obvious learning for us was our failure to get the ball back when we made a mistake, normally our defence gives us a quick opportunity to regain possession, Caldy didn’t let that happen. Also tackle height was an issue, with the difference in the tackle height laws, between the divisions; our boys were always chop-tackling where their senior players stayed upright, the result was some easy offloads. Overall the boys did really well, and scored four excellent tries, it was a good contest and great to have Caldy at the Club”.

Darren’s focus now is firmly on the next block of three games starting with the visit of Kendal, and then Wirral, both at home, with Stockport away before the Christmas break. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaches, that Kendal is a different side to last season, which is proven by their stats. They sit in 6th place in the league and part of the chasing pack; Darren: “They didn’t play last week and will be well trained, they’ll see this match as a possibility to take points off one of the top three and move them ahead of the other teams in their pack of three. They have a solid back row and we will need to be at our strongest to ensure the win”.

Macclesfield pick a strong scrum with Tom Morton getting the 10 shirt this week, and Ollie Church getting his first start in the league off the bench, kick off is 3.00pm at Priory Park, please check the website and socials for weather cancellations.

  1. Dan Percival, 2. Ollie Longmore, 3. James Cross, 4. Rhys Davies, 5 Harry Harding, 6. Brendan Berry, 7. Tom Burden, 8. James Oliver Captain, 9. Dan Martin, 10. Tom Morton, 11. Sam Adu, 12. Terence Babarinsa, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Sam Brown, 15. Harry Blackwell, 16. Elliot Alston, 17. Simeon Meek, 18. Ollie Church.

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