Argon Technologies Douglas Rugby Club play host to Glossop the week in South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 at Port-e-chee in what should be a great battle.
Both teams have been flying high so far and are sat in second and third respectively,this season Douglas have won all five of their games whilst Glossop were narrowly beaten by Sefton last week which ended their unbeaten record. So this should be a real game with Douglas hoping to widen the gap to third place and Glossop hoping to overtake them into second.
There are few changes to the Douglas charges this week most notably in the front row which dominated Hoylake last time out, Rob Todd travels to sunny Spain and leaves a sizeable 17 stone hole for which Dan Creer should slide comfortably into and Carl Markl-Ferns makes way for James Lidgett. The rest of the pack should remain the same with Nick Horsthuis showing his strength in the second row last week with skipper Hooson-Owen. The abrasive back row of Tansell, Wyllie and McGee were everywhere last week and it is a case of same again please lads. The returning Niall Killey and Daryn Thompson will have to make do with places on the subs bench.
The backline has a few alterations also, Shaun Wyllie is unavailable at scrum half which means Snellgrove will move in there and in the centres Ryan Maddox, Adam Howarth and Glenn Smith are all fighting for starting berths with the loser most likely condemned to the loneliness of full back. On the wings Liam King and Callum Randle should retain their places but with Callum Carine and Andy Corris putting in good shifts for the second string last week there is plenty of competition.
This should definitely be an entertaining match of flowing attacking rugby, Glossop are travelling with plenty of their home faithful and will be in full voice come Saturday afternoon. This Douglas side really stood up last week and showed that they are more than capable in this division and they are certainly no pushovers. The pack will once again have to front up and the backline will be hoping for another dominant performance from the big boys. A solid platform and quick ball to release the wide men is what they will be after but at the same time if the forwards can dominate they will be equally happy to sit back and watch.
Kick off is at 2:30 and all are welcome and encouraged to come and support the lads as they are aiming to keep their run of form going!