Luctonians Rugby Club slip to 30-22 defeat at Caldy in National League Two North (From Hereford Times)
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Luctonians Rugby Club slip to 30-22 defeat at Caldy in National League Two North
Caldy 30 pts Luctonians 22 pts
LUCTONIANS’ failure with the boot sentenced them to a first defeat of the season in National League Two North.
Director of rugby Alex Davidson was pleased with Luctonians’ four-try haul but disappointed with their failure to convert kicks at goal.
Brad Talbot scored his maiden try for Luctonians, while Paul Hulland, George Thomas and Drew Cheshire also crossed the whitewash.
But Luctonians paid the price for not turning their first-half pressure into points and trailed 17-10 at the break.
The Herefordshire side, who had Geraint Langdon yellow-carded, will be trying to bounce back at home to Preston Grasshoppers this Saturday.
Caldy opened the scoring with a first-minute penalty in last Saturday’s match but Luctonians hit back with a well-worked try from Talbot.
Caldy responded with a converted try from their winger before a trademark score from Hulland levelled the match.
Luctonians looked destined to score a third try when they camped on the Caldy line.
However, a loose pass proved crucial.
A Luctonians’ fly-hack rebounded off a defender and was then claimed by the on-rushing Caldy defence.
Some neat hands and good pace saw the home team’s backline work the length of the field to score under the posts for a converted try.
Thomas crashed over at the start of the second-half and Langdon added the two points to level the match once again.
But Langdon was yellow-carded for slowing down opposition ball and Richard Vasey slotted the penalty.
Despite being down to 13 men, with Adam Clayton injured, the Herefordshire side continued to play well.
Cheshire showed great strength to score a fine try, but the conversion was missed. Luctonians led for the first time in the match but it was short-lived.
Vasey added a further penalty goal and a converted try gave the hosts a two-score cushion.
Caldy saw out the match fairly comfortably to inflict Luctonians’ first defeat and end their fivematch winning streak
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