Old Elthamians 34 -7 Caldy

CALDY succumbed to another defeat after an epic second-half performance from Old Elthamians.

Caldy started the game well pressuring the home side's try line right from the kick off, making the breakthrough in the ninth minute after some great work down the wing from Nick Royle.

It looked like it was going to be another good afternoon on the road for the Ravers, but their hosts had other ideas.

Elthamians hit back within five minutes through Golledge's athletic try which sprang them into life.

They didn't look back for the rest of the afternoon taking a stranglehold on the game and having success in all areas of the pitch, Caldy had no answer to their strength and power particularly at the scrum.

A second try came on the half hour after a successful move that saw Dockery slide in at the corner and despite their best efforts Caldy couldn’t level before half time.

The break seemed to inspire the home side even more, scoring a try in the third minute of the restart through Messum with an example of the free flowing rugby that has seen them move to joint top of the league with their neighbours Blackheath.

As much as they tried Caldy couldn't break down a resolute Elthamians defence and, as has happened over the last few weeks, became vulnerable to the counter-attack and when Brown scored on 52 minutes it looked like it was going to be a long final half hour for the visitors.

Having already secured the bonus point, the home side went looking for more.

It was only thanks to the weary Caldy defence that they only crossed the try line once more through Morgan with ten minutes remaining.

Caldy will be looking to bounce back again next weekend against a struggling Darlington Mowden Park at Paton Field on Saturday (kick-off at 2pm).