The second week of Cotton Traders Premier League fixtures saw the Fylde Hawks take part in the Caldy/Fylde double header away at Caldy.
The Hawks travelled with a strong squad including returning lock Carl Capstick from 1st team duties as well as a number of players making their Hawks and season debuts.
10 Minutes in and Fylde were looking like they had a week earlier away at Waterloo with a mixture of handling errors and lack of composure. Strong runs from Hooker Ben Gregory and Captain Gregor Aitken weren’t able to be capitalized on and Caldy went 3-0 up with a straight forward kick in front of the posts, this seemed to be a wake up call for the Hawks who had yet get into the fast paced rhythm they are associated with.
The response from Fylde was a good one as the next 18 minutes saw Fylde begin to create holes in the strong Caldy defence with some slick handling from Zac Coultas and James Torky Torkington. Unfortunately, the final pass wasn’t quite there for them and Caldy kicked another penalty to make the score 6-0 after 28minutes on the clock.
Fylde then suffered a loss as fly half Ellis Whorlton-Jones was taken off after suffering a wrist injury. This required a reshuffle in the pack as newcomer Seb Smith came into the back row with James Torky Torkington being moved to centre.
Fylde’s strong defence was dominant with Zac Coultas and Andy Stevens bringing physicality that forced Caldy backwards into their own half. Unfortunately, a penalty allowed Caldy’s fly half to kick the ball deep into the Fylde 22 and allowed their strong pack to drove within 5m of the Hawks line. After a substantial period defending on their own try line Fylde’s defence finally gave in with Caldy scoring a much deserved try. The conversion was kicked. Caldy 13-0 Fylde.
Hawks were struggling to get into any rhythm and were paying the price. However straight from the subsequent kick off Fylde began to look like they were getting into their stride with some powerful forwards drives and straight running from their backs. After a well worked lineout their backs were able break through and Jake Foster put Zac Coultas through and after an excellent finish scored under the posts. Fylde beginning to look strong. The conversion was kicked by Ben Gregory and that was the interval. Caldy 13-7 Fylde
The start of the second half saw a much more solid Hawks performance. Fylde’s back line started to operate at a much more familiar electric speed with the forwards setting a strong platform.
51 minutes in and after a considerable amount of Fylde pressure Christian Williams was able to score a well worked try and put the Hawks back within a point of Caldy having only showed glances of what they can do. The conversion was missed after a great attempt but flashbacks from Fylde’s comeback last week at Waterloo seemed to be happening.
Fylde kept the pressure on but several missed tackles and one out runners allowed Caldy to turn over the ball and get back into the Fylde 22. Fylde’s defence was one again called upon and strong tackles from Jack McCutcheon kept Caldy out until the 68th minute until they capitalized on a number of mistakes by the Hawks and scored in the corner. The conversion was kicked and left the score 20-12.
This again sparked a response from Fylde the replacements of Tom Fox and Alex Preston adding power to the attack and scrum. Zac Coutlas was again on hand to score a powerful try which really matched the strong game he was having as always. The conversion was missed however and this made for a nervous last five minutes. 20-17 (75th minute).
The last five minutes however wasn’t what Fylde were accustomed to with errors and mistakes as they were forced to try to run the length of the field to get that winning score. Caldy were a powerful pack and slowed the game down and then brook out to score in the corner on the last play of the game to end the hopes for two Fylde comebacks in two weeks.
Final score Caldy 25-17 Fylde Hawks
MOM: Ben Gregory, excellent carries and all round performance from the hooker
Notable performances: Zac Coultas, James Torky Torkington, Gregor Aitken, Jack McCutcheon and Seb Smith
15 Dexter Eaves; 14 Christian Williams, 13 Jake Foster, 12 Zack Coultas, 11 Sam Fisher; 10 Ellis Whorlton-Jones, 9 Jake Christmann; 1 Andy Stevens, 2 Ben Gregory, 3 Josh Oldland, 4 Karl Capstick, 5 Conner Scrivens, 6 Tom Steer, 7 Gregor Aitken (c), 8 James Torky Torkington.
16 Tom Fox (FR), 17 Alex Preston (FR), 18 Jack McCutcheon, 19 Tom Benstead, 20 Luke Woodward, 21 Seb Smith.
Support/Coach Team: Ian Pearson, Paul Moran, Henry Pearson, Chloe