CALDY produced a superb second-half performance to beat previously unbeaten Ealing Trailfinders in the Championship game of the season so far.

Both sides have a strong pack, which made for a tough opening quarter hour - and it was the visitors who eventually made the breakthrough when Jan Henning-Campher scored the opening try of the afternoon after driving across from the maul with Craig Willis slotting away the conversion.

The game’s flashpoint came when Ealing’s Ross Kane was sent off after a tip tackle from the tighthead prop leaving the visitors with 14 men for just under an hour.

Caldy put in a good performance and reduced the Londoners to just a penalty before half-time and were unlucky not to score themselves just before the half-time break.

Ealing came out firing in the second half and extended their lead after two minutes when a pass out wide saw Ruben Bird Tullock run in unchallenged to score in the corner.

Caldy bounced back almost immediately, taking advantage of an interception that saw Nick Royle run in to add another scalp.

Ealing hit back straight away with Hennning-Campher pushing the maul over to score his second of the afternoon and, with half an hour left, it looked as though Trailfinders would run away with the game.

But back came Caldy when Louis Beer broke away from a number of tackles to score a fantastic try.

Into the final 15 minutes and, with the Caldy pack putting pressure on Ealing, Louis Beer was able to steal the ball to bring the home side within three points with the crowd on the bank giving Caldy as much vocal support as they could.

With just minutes remaining and Caldy pushing for victory, Ealing lost their discipline and had two players sent to the sin bin leaving the visitors with just 12 players to finish the game.

With the crowd behind them going into the fourth minute of overtime, Caldy swung the ball out wide to Beer who managed to find the space in the corner for his hat-trick and secure a dramatic 26-24 victory.

Head coach Matt Cairns said: “That’s an incredible result first and foremost. We were under no illusions what the challenge was going to be today; our lads dug in and never gave up and got the result they deserved.”