DESPITE a great start to the game, Caldy will be disappointed not to take more than a four try bonus point from their trip to Bedford Blues on Saturday following a 32-24 defeat.

The away side scored the opening try of the game in the third minute when Adam Aigbokhae scored from a lineout.

Callum Atkinson scored the second in the ninth minute after the ball went through more than 10 phases and saw the summer signing crash over for his first for Caldy.

The turning point in the first half came when Atkinson went to the sin bin for not rolling away from the scrum and Bedford made the extra man count with a try on the half hour mark after some great play down the wing.

With minutes to go before the half time break, the game was level after number eight, Cameron King, got the ball over the line after a mad scramble.

The Blues kicked a penalty with the last kick of the half to take a three point lead into the break.

The home side came out with more purpose in the second half and scored a quick try coming from Joey Conway after a well worked scrum.

Caldy made a game of it for a while but had problems breaking Bedford down and were caught by a Conway offload allowing Jordan Venter to score in the corner.

Caldy found a way back into the game with 10 minutes remaining when Matt Gallagher went over to give the Wirral side hope of a comeback.

As Caldy pressed ahead, all hope of a five point victory was squashed when a penalty from Will Maisey took the game away from the visitors.

There was still time in the final play of the game for Gallagher to score his second of the afternoon and secure the four try bonus point which is the least that the team deserved.

Next week Caldy host last season's Premiership runners up, Sale Sharks for the first time in a professional match. Fans must arrive early at Paton Field and buy their tickets on the club website beforehand.