CALDY came into Saturday's game more in hope than expectation against the Yorkshire side that are way too hot for the teams in the league above to handle.
This was an opportunity for the home side to measure themselves against a team that have scored 469 points in their eight league matches so far this season and have five of the top six try scorers in the league.
Not only did Bradford not disappoint but they demonstrated a good hard brand of open, running rugby and showed themselves as a team that have a number of very talented players.
Caldy were not disgraced by any stretch and indeed this message came through loud and clear from the opposition.
"We had to play well to beat you," said Bees coach Andy Bemrose. "You never gave up and the lads are saying Caldy were possibly the best side we have faced this season."
Fine praise from a coach who feels that Caldy have what it takes to maintain a position in the next league up should they make it happen this season. Marcus Coast opened the scoring for the hosts on six minutes with a long - now trademark - penalty kick in the swirling breeze.
Caldy took the game to the Yorkshire men and a good break from Coast was supported by Jake Lyon and Mark Broadhurst. Bradford's full-back Ben Greaves was forced to produce a fine tackle to prevent a try and the chance fizzled away.
Caldy had the opportunity to advance the score with a wide penalty attempt that fell short and on 18 minutes the reply came from the visitors as they capitalised on a scrum on five metres to score in the right corner from flanker Ian Judson.
Captain Tom Rhodes was not up to the conversion but in the next 20 minutes Bradford showed their ability to run the ball from all points and create tries for both wingers.
Caldy did have a further penalty attempt but once again the reply was decisive as Rhodes and his scrum half Joe Nau interlinked beautifully and Rhodes finished off his own break for 3-22.
A less subtle but nonetheless effective burst from the Bradford hooker produced another try and with the seconds in the half ticking down there was still time for the marvellously pacey Dixon in the centres to round off the half at 3-36.
Caldy were not about to give up the ghost and battled hard at the start of the second period.
However, once again hooker Scott added to the Caldy misery as the powerful Bees pack drove him on from five metres out and Rhodes obliged with the conversion.
Lamb and Green were replaced by Wallace and Woods as Caldy dug deep to produce a positive response. They continued to take the game to the Bees and were rewarded when Pennington and Broadhurst made the break and popped the ball up to Wylie on the charge in the corner. Marcus Coast produced the successful conversion from the touch line for 10-43.
A fine break from Nau, how had looked a class act all afternoon required solid Caldy defence but they had no answer to the fantastic running of Bees full-back Ben Greaves. It was a joy to watch.
Rhodes brought up the half-century with the conversion. Ben Wylie intercepted the ball on his won 22 and sprinted the length of the field, finally to pass on to Broadhurst who scored in the left corner and Coast further narrowed the Caldy deficit to 17-50.
As the final whistle approached Caldy were still throwing everything at Bradford and the spirit of this young team is not in question.
Their adventure came at a cost as winger Suttcliffe bagged his second of the day to leave the final score 17-57.
Caldy return to league action next week as they travel away Rochdale who may be languishing in the lower ranks of the league but have recently shown good form especially in their last game, beating Broughton Park away.