Rugby results for Saturday, 7 December
Douglas defeated in tight contest
Northwich confirmed their status as a bogey team for Douglas with a 17-6 win at Port-e-Chee. Douglas conceded ten points in the very early stages of the game and never really recovered. A Northwich try, plus a conversion and penalty from Nick Baldwin gave them a 10-0 lead. Will Cain pulled back two penalties to leave the Northwich lead at 10-6 at the break. In a tight second half the only other try in the match came from Northwich with Baldwin again converting. Results elsewhere mean that Douglas drop to ninth place in the crowded midfield of North One West
Ramsey continue to make progress but once again the win evades them
Ramsey lost out 39-17 to New Brighton at Mooragh Park to continue their run of poor results. Ramsey trailed 20-10 at half time with Matty Meechan crossing for the score and Dan Bonwick kicking the conversion and adding a penalty. An early second half try saw New Brighton claim their try bonus point before Dave Keenan pulled one back for Ramsey which Bonwick again converted. New Brighton however had the final say and Ramsey remain rooted to the foot of Lancs/Cheshire 1.
Vagabonds win at Ruskin Park
Ruskin Park may be bottom of Lancs/Cheshire 2 however at home, they’re a formidable side and Vagabonds had to work hard for their 19-15 win. Captain James Clarke scored a try for Vagas with other scores coming from Tom Gascoyne and try machine Steve Gawne who ended a somewhat barren spell. Cam Findlay converted two and his four points earned Vagas the win. They did miss out on a try bonus point though and that may prove costly. Defeats for Old Bedians and Oswestry in the chasing pack means that Vagas remain top.
Leigh win at Vagabonds
Vagas, missing a handful of key players, lost 27-12 at home to Leigh at a cold and windy Ballafletcher. Vagas took the lead after Isla “the machine” Curphey raced in from fifty metres and Sammie Macdonald converted. Carly Burrows pulled one back for Leigh though and when Keli Morris ran in, Leigh took a 10-7 lead into the half time break. Morris bagged her second early in the second half, but Jules Harrison struck at the other end to leave Vagas trailing 15-12 with just over ten to play. Late tries from Abi Kay and Leanne Johnson sealed it for Leigh. Vagas remain top of Womens NC1 North West but just by a point, with their rivals all playing on Sunday.
Celts forge ahead in Manx Shield
Douglas Celts beat vagabonds Hornets 36-0 at Ballafletcher to forger further ahead in the Manx Shield. Mike Osborne ran in two for Douglas with other tries coming from Kyle Martin, Dave Sherwin, Rob Todd and Danny Creer and there were three conversions from Jack Rowlands, Craig Martin and Kyle Martin respectively. Elsewhere in the Shield, the official result at Poulsom Park was a home walkover for Castletown against Ramsey B however a high scoring friendly was played with Town winning 95-45.
Results 7 December
North One West
Douglas 6-17 Northwich
Ramsey 17-39 New Brighton
Ruskin Park 15-19 Vagabonds @ Ruskin Park
Womens NC 1 North West
Vagabonds 12-27 Leigh
Castletown HWO Ramsey B (friendly played, Castletown 95-45 Ramsey B)
PDMS Southern Nomads p-p Emerging Nomads
Vagabonds Hornets 0-36 Douglas Celts