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Ramsey romp to first English league crown

Watling double seals comeback win

Two tries from Ramsey’s two-hundred appearance superhero John F Watling were the icing on a title winning cake at the Mooragh Park where Ramsey claimed the Lancs/Cheshire Division 3 title with a 34-14 win against third placed Old Bedians.

Watling played in Ramsey’s first league game back in 2008 and has played in more than 80 per cent of all their matches in between.


He was also the only member of the 2008 squad playing this weekend.


The game didn’t all go Ramsey’s way, with Bedians not over to make up the numbers and actually led 14-13 at half time.


Their two converted tries were almost matched by tries from Dan Bonwick and Harri Radford at the other end with a Scott Kneale penalty keeping Ramsey in touch.


Watling bagged his first early in the second half and Scott Kneale’s conversion pushed the lead out to six points.


Bedians came back strongly but as the clock wound down Ramsey’s “Melvin minutes” kicked in and fitness coach Tom Melvin saw his hard work pay off with Kieran Kneale and Watling crossing for late tries to clinch the game and their first ever English league title.

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