2012 didn’t start too well for the three local sides competing in South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two.
League leaders Douglas slipped up at Marple going down 19-17 in a very tight game, with Marple kicking the winning points in the last minute.
Douglas had engineered a winning position with tries from Andy Evans (two) and Ian Geddes, plus a conversion from Bryn Snellgrove.
Marple, however, snatched the points at the death.
The result, plus others, see Douglas drop from top to fourth but there’s still only a point in it.
Vagabonds didn’t do Douglas any favours away at Oswestry when they were out powered by a huge Oswestry pack and slumped to a 41-0 defeat.
Ramsey also had an opportunity to assist Douglas when they hosted Crewe & Nantwich at Mooragh Park but Crewe came out 44-15 winners.
Ramsey were right in it and trailed only 17-15 thanks to tries from John F Watling and James Wren, plus a penalty and conversion from Fintan Cummins.
Crewe powered clear late in the second half and picked up a winning bonus point too.