A particularly dominant second half Broadstreet performance against Wirral side Caldy RFC was not enough to take the points as lady luck again denied Broadstreet’s gallant roving outfit as they played their seventh game away in ten, slipping to a 14 – 12 loss, against a club sitting now in seventh place.
Despite playing against a strong wind in the first half ‘Street had the greater share of territory and possession but were desperately unfortunate to not go a few tries ahead, as both left wing Ashley Elvers and full back debutant Ben Palmer scorched through the Caldy defence; only to, respectively, lose the ball near the line in an off-load to a supporting player and; be pulled back for a debateable crossing discretion. The forwards had their moments too, as they drove at the home line without result against some ‘streetwise’ defending.
A rare early breakaway up field after 25 minutes brought the game’s first points to the home side as right wing Ben Eaves dived in at the corner following some decent approach play, initiated by Dom Kohler. Richard Vasey converted from out wide to give Caldy the lead against the run of play. Within minutes, ‘Street worked good phases to win a penalty lineout deep in Caldy territory from where Captain Jamie Harrop grounded the driven ball. Fly half Andy Murray converted to square the score at 7 - 7. From the restart, Caldy kicked deep into the right corner and ‘Street’s forwards worked their way to centre field to give Murray a clearance kick opportunity, however, the ball ricocheted off a colleague’s shoulder and fell for the Caldy’s backs and Craig Smithson found space on the right, fed Eaves who beat the retreating cover for a gift of a try. Vasey landed an excellent wide kick, 14 – 7 and 31 minutes played. ‘Street again took control but knock-ons and that Palmer ‘crossing’ prevented them going ahead. ‘Street had several more chances to redress the deficit, but wily defence and lapses of ‘Street composure prevented further scoring.
Half Time: Caldy 14 Broadstreet 7.
‘Street restarted with the wind behind them and the second half was mostly confined to Caldy territory. Countless times the visitors held onto possession for long periods only for mistakes or penalties to repel them to around half way. After fifty minutes, during one of few sorties to the ‘Street line, Caldy drove a penalty line-out and replacement prop of one minute, Harry Pendleton was ‘deemed un-streetwise’ when yellow carded for “dropping the maul” (particularly galling given the some ‘streetwise’ home defending). ‘The Boys’, however, managed to defend well themselves and break back up-field. Amazingly, ‘Street had very few penalties in attack awarded them and the best of them all was forfeited in favour of a kick to the corner. After a couple of drives for the line the visitors found themselves in error and Caldy relieved the pressure with a penalty kick. ‘Street did eventually get over the home line after 66 minutes when awarded a close-in penalty. Quick thinking replacement scrum half Pierre Ferre tapped and caught the defence retreating to score a try half way out left of the posts. Murray was unable to slot the kick to draw level, so 14 – 12. Try as they may, ‘Street were unable to snatch what would have been a well-deserved win, even being held up over the line, as the clock, mistakes and penalties did not work in their favour.
Final Score: Caldy 14 Broadstreet 12.
Squad: Ben Palmer; Jeff Gregson, Nathan Tilsley, James Otutaha, Ashley Elvers; Andrew Murray, Nick Thatcher; Joe Foreman, Mike Worthington, Jake Dodd, Callum Tucker, Matthew Solomon, Alex Beddows, Jamie Harrop (C), Dan Martin. Harry Pendleton, Stewart Pearl, Beau Carney, Pierre Ferre, Jack Webber.
Thought for the Game:
I do not know why us beings are be affected by the home/away mental aberration promoted so vociferously by soccer pundits; but, affected all are, and it has showed in most games so far. To considerably dominate play at Caldy and do so with such authority supports my view that we are a far better side than results are showing and, with a tad more composure at score time, we know we could have taken a few more away wins to date. I am suspecting that playing away 7 out of 10 games has had an affect so far, but why? Treat all games the same!