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Gavin Roberts show as Caldy victorious
IT was the Gavin Roberts show at a blustery Paton Field on Saturday.
The centre helped himself to four tries as Caldy posted a bonus point victory over Bromsgrove in National Two North League.
It finished 31-13 but the final scoreline was undoubtedly harsh on the lowly Midlands outfit who threatened a leading score midway through the final quarter but then had their line breached twice in the last six minutes.
Caldy faced the diagonal wind for the first period but could not have started better and two touch downs by Roberts in the first few minutes giving them a 10-0 advantage against shell shocked opposition.
Bromsgrove to their credit clawed their way back with a Rich Mahoney penalty followed by an Aaron Higgins try after a solo dash from near his own 22 line. The Higgins goal made it 10-10 at the interval.
Roberts completed his hat-trick of tries in fine style on 53 minutes with Richard Vasey converting but it was game on again when Mahoney popped over a Bromsgrove penalty at the start of the last quarter.
Caldy weathered a period of worrying Bromsgrove pressure before moving back upfield for Roberts to go in for the fourth time when set up by Dom Kohler on 75 minutes.
Vasey added the extras and then finished the match with another kick after forward pressure culminated in a Tom Gerrard touchdown in added time.
This was a tenth victory for Caldy who are now in the top half of the table. Bromsgrove remain one place off the bottom but will have been boosted by an encouraging display and will fancy their chance of avoiding the drop.
The weather took a hand elsewhere with many matches off including Birkenhead Park v Widnes, New Brighton v Hoylake, Anselmians v Ruskin Park, Manchester Medics v Wallasey, Linley v Ellesmere Port and Liverpool University v Oldershaw.
Wirral's clash with Wilmslow in North One West went ahead and a bonus point 26-0 victory puts them six points better off than Birkenhead at the top of the table.
Wilmslow proved tough opposition but first-half tries from Rob Pearl and Sam Broadbent both converted by Craig Harvey left Wirral in the driving seat.
Influential No.8 Pearl went on to complete his hat-trick of touch downs in the third quarter with one more goal from Harvey but the expected home avalanche did not come about as the East Cheshire side defended stubbornly.
Port Sunlight finished 15-3 to the good against Moore in South Lancashire/Cheshire Two.
In Division Three Oxton Parkonians shocked table toppers Trentham with a 22-10 victory at Holm Lane.
They scored four tries via Jordan Langton, Paul Lennon, Ben Sadler and Terry Williams with the latter goaling once.
Parks certainly handed a favour to Prenton who are second in the table three points adrift of the leaders after a 15-5 success away against Congleton.
Only Caldy and Oldershaw will be in league action this Saturday with all the other local clubs having a league free weekend unless there are some hastily re-arranged matches after last weekend’s postponements.
Caldy are on the road to Luctonians for a National Two North League clash. The game was abandoned part through last month due to injury to a Caldy player and also a waterlogged pitch.
It means that the Cheshire Cup semi-final between Caldy and Wirral provisionally set for Saturday has now been put back to Saturday March 15 with a 2.15pm kick-off.
Oldershaw are at home to Knutsford in a re-arranged South Lancashire/Cheshire Two game.
New Brighton were scheduled to meet Eccles in the Intermediate Cup but with Aspatria already having qualified from their group it has become a dead rubber with both sides agreeing to a cancellation.
On Sunday, Cheshire play their second match in the Under-20 County Championship.
They meet Yorkshire at Hull and need to step up on their performance against Northumberland at the start of the month when they went down to a disappointing 17-23 reverse at Sale.
Meanwhile Oxton Parkonians should know their Cheshire Plate final opponents on Saturday.
Christleton and Southern Nomads are due to play their semi-final tie. The last phase will be on Easter Saturday at a venue still to be finalised