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Caldy fall to Stockport
CALDY did not produce enough enthusiasm or aggression as they fell to a 14-29 reverse at Stockport in their latest National Two North League.
It was sweet revenge for Stockport who had lost at Paton Field both in the first league clash of the season and the Cheshire Cup.
Caldy started well enough with a Dave Jones touch down converted by Richard Vasey and later in the first period Gavin Roberts crossed with the extras again added by Vasey.
Stockport however clawed ahead by the break thanks to two tries, a conversion and a penalty.
They stretched to 22-14 with a converted try in the third quarter and made the game safe with their fourth touch down again converted in the 72nd minute. Caldy are now eleventh in the table.
Birkenhead Park could not open their account at Billingham and a 0-32 reverse leaves them with an uphill battle to avoid relegation from National Three North League.
The odds are also against Anselmians maintaining their place in North One West. They fell 6-29 at home to leaders LSH and are third bottom.
Chris Wells landed a brace of penalties.
Wirral kept up their winning form with an 18-5 win away to Fleetwood.
Conditions were very heavy and chances few as the first-half ended scoreless.
Wirral went ahead after the break with a Dan Harvey penalty answered by an unconverted home try.
But then the visitors took control and sealed victory with a couple of Matt Brown touch downs and a second penalty and a conversion by Harvey.
Hoylake after a somewhat lean spell produced a solid display for a 27-12 victory over struggling Bowdon at Melrose Avenue.
New Brighton's match at Ruskin Park was a weather victim and a new date will have to been fixed.
There was agony for Wallasey in Division Two when they were edged out 10-11 by visiting Southport but they are fifth bottom and out of the danger zone at present.
Oldershaw had a miserable trip to the Isle of Man as they went under 6-41 against Douglas. Two kicks were successful but their defence on the day was overrun.
Port Sunlight did not have a fixture in Division Three but a local derby finished as form predicted with promotion chasing Prenton beating Oxton Parkonians.
The visitors however made a real fist of things and it was only 16-7 at no side.
Prenton head the table by eight points but second placed Manchester Medics have three games in hand.
Ellesmere Port beat winless Knutsford 58-0 and sit fourth in the table with Sunlight third.
Caldy face an interesting home test against Leicester Lions this Saturday whilst Birkenhead Park have a must win clash against Burnage at the Upper Park.
Wirral welcome third placed Carlisle and Anselmians take the road to Fleetwood who have won only once so far this campaign.
New Brighton resume action against Tyldesley at Hartsfield and Hoylake face a tough ask at West Park.
Wallasey cross the river to take on their league leaders Sefton and Oldershaw are at home to Moore in a key clash with both clubs on the same points total.
Ellesmere Port are due at Linley and Oxton Parkonians welcome Trentham. There is also a tasty Port Sunlight v Prenton derby.