The boys announced themselves onto the National 1 scene with a stunning 37-19 victory over northwest rivals Fylde.
The crowd were as radiant as the weather as they watched their team frustrate Fylde into submission in what was a fiery and physical opening home fixture of the season.
The game started with a bang and the visitors were blown away. Fylde were left sleeping as Rhys Hayes broke through the defence to score the first try of the game within a minute of the whistle. A statement of intent from the flawless fly-half.
After ten minutes of constant Caldy onslaught, Fylde eventually found their feet and their pacey winger, Tom Carleton, went over in the corner.
The rest of the half was Caldy’s with tries from Gavin Roberts and JJ Dickinson putting Caldy into a commanding lead of 25-12 going into half time. The latter of those tries belonged to the forward unit whose tenacity and graft at the breakdown had everyone in awe.
The second half’s physicality had supporters on the edge as Fylde ramped up the pressure with a second from Tom Carleton making it 25-19. However the defence stayed strong and impressively weathered an attempted Fylde fight back.
It was Caldy’s outstanding professionalism which saw them run away with the game in the final fifteen minutes. Gav Roberts went under for his second shortly before a superlative cross field kick from Rhys Hayes put Ben Jones in for Caldy’s fifth and final try of the day.
This was a true team performance from Caldy. Harrison Crowe soared once again making himself a nuisance to every Fylde player on the pitch. Rhys Hayes’ creativity and game management allowed Dickinson, Salisbury and co. to be used as battering rams all over the park, just to mention a few.
A remarkable league debut for Paton Field with everyone involved enjoying the day, and most importantly, the team’s performance. This was certainly not a day where rugby was the winner however. Caldy were the winners. Five tries. Five points. And a statement of intent.