Match Report– Sale FC 2 34 Caldy 52
With the weather set fair for this fixture, it found itself leading to fast expansive game of rugby, that as it turns out would be a try fest for all to see at the CorpAcq Stadium. From the off Sale were definitely on the back foot, with the Caldy players running the hard lines looking to set up scoring opportunities for the visitors.
As it turned out Caldy would cross the try line after just 4 minutes, through some crisp passing from the backs that led to the winger Tom Cornall scoring for the visitors, the extras were then added by a very skillful No.10 Matt Underwood, who throughout the game created a platform for the visitors to work from.
With the scoreboard showing a 0-7 deficit to the Sale FC cause, it seemed that Sale were going to have to try and out physical the pacey Caldy players, in what turned out to be a tense midfield battle, one that certainly meant that both packs were going to give up penalties for throughout the game.
In the 14thminute, Caldy added another try thanks to No.13 Tom Fletcher finishing off in the corner after some great movement of the ball by the Caldy backs. The score was now 0-12 to Caldy, and you would have thought that Caldy would continue to run away with the game, due to the way in which they took a stranglehold of the first 20 minutes, however after some hard graft from the Sale FC pack led by the impressive Witness Mandizha, they were able to pass the ball out to No.12 Callum Ramsey for him to scythe through their visitors defence on 22 minutes to score under the posts.
With Sale getting themselves on the scoreboard, and looking to build on this platform it was important for the guys to score again to reduce the visitors lead, unfortunately after some sloppy play by Sale it meant that they would concede a further 14 points due to the Caldy backs running the hard lines around the outside, as well as through the middle of the heart of the Sale FC defence creating a 21 point gap going into the last 12 minutes of the first half.
Thankfully, the Sale players showed that grit that would serve them so well in the second half, thanks to a series of penalties that saw hooker Ollie Longmore crash over from a fantastic lineout win from John Blanchard Jr taking the ball on our own throw. The kick was missed, but it left Sale encouraged heading up to half time.
The last hurrah went to Caldy though, as they won ball from the breakdown before moving it wide allowing their winger to score once again making the half time score Sale FC 10 Caldy 33.
With Caldy in the ascendency, they took the game to Sale once again moving the ball around, after Sale tried to run through the Caldy defence before they were turned over allowing Caldy winger Ben Eaves to score taking Caldy 28 points ahead.
With the game seemingly over as a contest, Sale showed for the next 15 minutes that they weren’t prepared to lie down and accept defeat, thanks in the main to their hard-working forwards Mandizha, Kelly and Blanchard Senior and Junior, who worked well all afternoon to keep the Sale hopes alive. The efforts of these players were rewarded when scrum half Sam Stelmazsek went over for the first of his two tries, leading to Sale getting themselves in to the game.
This meant that we would be seeing a grandstand finish to what was a great match for the watching public. With the Sale tails up they added further scores through the impressive Mandizha, followed a few minutes later by some sublime work from No.12 Callum Ramsey who slotted in to the fly half position due to the loss of Mark Lawrence early on.
The score at this point was now Sale FC 27 Caldy 38, with little under 15 minutes left in this thrilling encounter. With their never say die attitude, Sale were hungry for more, however after Caldy were reduced to 13 thanks to indiscretions by their forwards, they got the bit between their teeth and scored through their impressive back three, creating a score for winger Tom Cornall, Underwood added the extras leading to them increasing their lead to 18 points once again.
With the game coming to a close Sam Stelmazsek scored the final points of the game, just after Caldy had added to their account once more. For the viewing public this was a great game of rugby to watch, leaving Sale FC somewhat disappointed, but ready for action heading into next week’s fixture against a South African Provincial Touring Team.
|29th September 2018||15:00||Cotton Traders Premier League||2018-2019|
|Sale FC Rugby|
|Sale Rugby Club, Heywood Rd, Sale M33 3WB, UK|