CALDY and Nottingham played out a 75-point thriller at Paton Field, as the Archers outscored their hosts by seven tries to five to win 31-44.

It was Caldy who took the lead in the opening minutes when a fast paced, well worked move was finished off by Will Robinson.

However it was from that the visitors took control of the game with their new signing Marcus Ramage who showed his pace to evade every tackle to score in the corner.

Ramage was a thorn in Caldy's side for the entire first half being involved in every try that the Midlanders scored as they secured the four try bonus point before the break with Caldy's kick and run game not working.

Into the second half and Caldy came out the better of the two sides as everything started to click for the Wirral outfit with JJ Dickinson going over after great work down the right wing.

This sparked Caldy into life with Lewis Barker going over for Caldy's third of the afternoon just moments later after a great break from Mike Barlow opened the defence for Barker to slide in and reduce the deficit to just three points.

Nottingham hit back with a try of their own two minutes later but their celebrations were cut short after Aniseko Sio was sent to the sin bin. Caldy took the opportunity to score their four try bonus point although they could not break down Nottingham and were caught on the counter attack with just minutes remaining.

A quick penalty in the final minutes looked to have secured two points when Matt Gallagher went over in the corner and a lack of concentration from the kick-off allowed Nottingham in again to score to win by a 13 point margin.

Caldy travel to one of the favourites for the Championship title, Coventry, next weekend. The RFU confirmed this week that there would be no relegation from the Championship this season meaning Caldy are guaranteed a third season at the second tier.