Dave Christian reports on today's Manx rugby matches (18/01)
An under strength
Ramsey lose at Garstang
There was no joy for Ramsey on the road when they went down 52-0 away at Garstang. There was a hint of optimism ahead of the game after a 19-19 draw at the Mooragh earlier in the season however a string of injuries and un-availabilities meant Ramsey travelled with a less than full strength squad but they dug in for the first half and trailed just 12-0 at the break. Lawson Whittaker ran in a second half hat trick for Garstang though as they raced clear for a big win.
Vagabonds take bonus point on the road
Vagas avoided a potential banana skin at Parkonians when they won 35-17 in a game shifted to Caldy due to a waterlogged pitch. Rob Keelan crossed twice for Vagas and there were also tries from James Clarke, Jordan Luyt, Dylan Chambers and Jon Reilly, with Ryan de la Harpe adding a penalty and a conversion. Vagas remain in second place in the Lancs/Cheshire 2 standings.
Nomads truck by The Sherwinator
Douglas Celts beat Southern Nomads 52-14 at Port-e-Chee with hooker Dave Sherwin’s brace of tries providing the highlight.
At the Mooragh Park Ramsey B picked up their first win of the season with a 48-19 defeat of Castletown. Dave Keenan went in twice for Ramsey with other tries coming from Jamie Arneil, Alex McMillan, Ben Pickett, Mikey Craine and Connor Cracknell. Ben Harding kicked one conversion and Dave Keenan kicked three. For Castletown who trailed just 17-12 at the break, Callum Coulthard, Tom Bielich and Morgan Armstrong-Paton all picked up tries with Aaron Kiernan converting two.
Results 18 January
North 1 West
Garstang 52-0 Ramsey
Oxton Parkonians 17-25 Vagabonds
Ramsey B 48-19 Castletown