Huddersfield suffered yet another away defeat at the hands of an impressive Caldy to drop into the bottom two of National II North, write Patrick Moore and Daniel Zelnis.
Gareth Lewis’s side went down 31-15 on the Wirral to slip a place in the standings ahead of Saturday’s visit of fourth-bottom Preston Grasshoppers to Lockwood Park.
Caldy were 12-0 up within four minutes when Ben Elliot and Forbes Edwards both sailed over.
Despite the gusty winds, though, Huddersfield revitalised themselves as Dan Jeffery pounced over the line to put his side on the scoreboard.
Chris Bell kicked a penalty just moments later and then, with great footwork, Elliot Hodgson touched down and Bell added the extras to give Huddersfield a 15-12 lead.
Unfortunately, though, Lewis’s men couldn’t go into the break ahead as Nyle Davidson scored following neat play through the middle.
A scoreless second half for Huddersfield left Caldy to run away with the game as Davidson and Nick Rhodes tore through a young defence; Gavin Roberts converting both tries.
Austen Thompson’s sin-bin midway through the second half, for coming in from the side of the ruck, gave the away side no real chance of repeating their first-half heroics.
Huddersfield captain Bell said: “We’re all obviously disappointed with the result.
“Structurally it was probably the best we’ve been all season in the first half. We thought we played a lot of good rugby out there.
“It’s just about bringing the performance together to get the result,
“In these conditions anything can happen. We gave them a head start by being 12-0 down straight away. From then on it’s a massive ask.
“This time last year we were in a similar position. We’ve got to take the positives and also the pressure from the match to thrive off it to get the results we need. We haven’t won away from home yet this season and it’s killing us.”
Coach Lewis admits the away record is puzzling.
“I don’t know why we can’t win away from home,” he said.
“The pitch sizes are the same dimension and it’s still 15 against 15. Each game is different, but it’s just little aspects of the game which need to change.
“The first half performance was really pleasing. We had a positive phase and retained the ball well.
“But we couldn’t keep the ball in the second half and, ultimately, that’s how we didn’t win. We’ll keep battling though. We have a huge game next week and it’s a must win.”
Adam Malthouse was carried off in the 10th minute and an ambulance called for, and Lewis gave an update on the injury.
“It looks like a ligament injury,” he explained. “We’ll just have to take medical advice and hope it isn’t as serious as it first looks.”
Looking ahead to the home clash with the Grasshoppers, Lewis added: “Maybe we do need some experience in the squad, but I am backing the players.
“Next week is huge and we need everyone behind the team. Lockwood Park needs to be the 16th man.”