CALDY suffered a heavy 14-32 defeat at home to Cornish Pirates on a cold and wet day at Paton Field.

The Pirates flew out of the blocks and were a try up in the opening few minutes through a score under the posts from the captain John Stevens. The ball was threaded through neatly to Stevens to the delight of the supporters from the South West.

The players got bogged down in the heavy conditions, but it was Pirates who were able to make the better of the conditions, scoring a second try after 25 minutes when Will Terwin picked the ball up from Bruce Houston who scored in the corner.

A third try came on the half hour as the Pirates won the scrum and from an offload Matt Johnson got the ball over the line and Caldy, despite playing well, had no answer to the visitors before the break.

Caldy started the second half the better, gaining their first points through a penalty try and seeing two Pirates players sent to the sin bin.

The hosts pushed with the advantage of two players but were unable to break down the resolute Pirate's backline.

Once the visitors were back to full strength they took the game away from Caldy and scored the bonus point with a try from replacement Tom Georgiou.

Caldy scored a consolation try in overtime from Joe Sproston who slid in the corner.

Caldy now have a spare week as they were due to play the now defunct Jersey Reds next week, however the Islanders' amateur side have invited the Caldy 2nd XV over for a challenge match and put the Ravers 91 game winning record on the line.

The next Championship fixture is in three weeks time away at Bedford Blues.