CALDY lost their second Championship Cup game 7-26 against the Cornish Pirates but gave the fully professional side a scare on their first ever visit to the Wirral.

During the first quarter of the game, Caldy were the better of the two sides as the Pirates found it difficult to go under the posts and Caldy kept their shape well.

The Pirates took advantage of an interception on the 16th minute which saw Arthur Relton run the length of the Caldy half to score under the posts with the extras added by Harry Ballzegette.

Despite great play from both sides, particularly by Caldy’s Eliott Gourlay, neither side was able to find another score before the interval.

Caldy were the brighter of the two sides in the second half and were rewarded after 48 minutes when Martin Gerrard, appearing in his 150th Caldy game, went over in the corner after a great maul to the delight of those on the bank.

Caldy were unable to hold the visitors for long though. After the Pirates were able to steal the lineout on 54 minutes, the first phase saw some world-class play from the backs which allowed Tommy Wright to score in the corner.

As the Caldy players started to tire, the Pirates showed their professional fitness levels, allowing the ball to be shifted wide and Relton in to score again.

With the clock ticking down, Sam Nagle Taylor went over after a tap and run and grounded after beating two players to seal the bonus point win.

The Championship Cup continues this Friday evening as Caldy travel to London to face Richmond. The Caldy team will go to the Capital full of confidence having gained victory in the league at Richmond earlier in the season.