Mistakes prove so costly as Ionians' unbeaten run ends
HULL Ionians made far too many errors as their unbeaten run came to an end in a 27-22 defeat at Caldy
Playing against a lively Caldy team who were determined to get back to their winning ways, Ionians will have been disappointed by their performance.
Caldy knew they were in for tough National Two North contest and raised their game for the occasion, always getting in the face of Ionians whenever they had the ball.
In reply, when Caldy had the ball they created space for the fine running lines of centre Gavin Roberts, who claimed a hat-trick.
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Ionians spent 90 per cent of the first half camped in the Caldy 22, but poor decision making, poor passing and catching meant they struggled to break through, with even a simple penalty goal being pushed wide.
In contrast, Caldy cleared their line twice from penalty kicks and created a brace of tries for Roberts on 11 and 23 minutes, with Richard Vasey converting both.
Ionians finally turned pressure into points when a stolen five-metre scrum saw Danny Hague pick up and race over, with Glenn Boyd adding the goal.
Another good attack down the wing saw Sam Wilson chip over the top, but the ball went too far and the chance was lost.
Pressure was maintained and at last they went through all the phases as Ally Forth danced through the final tackle to dive in by the posts. Boyd converted to level the scores.
From the restart, though, over enthusiasm led to a silly penalty being conceded and allowed Vasey to secure a 17-14 half-time lead.
Ionians were slow out of the blocks after the break, allowing Caldy to claim their own kick-off and enjoy sustained possession, which finally created space for Roberts to complete his hat-trick. Vasey successfully converted.
The final quarter at last saw Ionians reassert command, but a resolute defence gave nothing away until a blindside break by Mike Bateman and Will Heylings saw them chip ahead for Kerry Wood to dive in and score.
In extended injury time, Caldy once again had a penalty to increase their lead, but Ionians came straight back and on the final whistle had a penalty under the posts which Chris Reakes converted to at least take a bonus point.