2E2 Douglas were victorious at Oldershaw on Saturday. Douglas never really expressed themselves fully on the game against a physical Oldershaw side.
The first 20 minutes of the game was a bit of a damp squib with neither side doing much in the way of putting their stamp on the game. Skipper Scott Goodall landed 2 penalties and the Oldershaw 10 landed a penalty and a drop goal.
Douglas then seemed to have a little bit more purpose. Bryn Snellgrove sent a cross field kick to the touch line where Ryan Maddox collected and brushed off the winger to score the first try. Half time score 11 - 6 to Douglas.
The second half started much better than the first Daryn Thompsons half time words rung in the ears of the forwards as straight off the kick Carl Markl-Ferns was all over the catcher who spilt the ball. From the scrum Snellgrove fed Goodall who slid in for the try, duly converted!
The Douglas forwards then came to the party and a series of mauls from their own 10 and a penalty allowed Snellgrove to put the ball in the corner. Forwards carried and Glyn Hooson-Owen went over, converted again by Goodall.
The rest of the game Douglas found themselves defending against a very spirited Oldershaw side who never gave up for one minute. Some bodies on the line tackling from Douglas was the only reason Oldershaw never got the score they were after but credit where it's due they kept battering at the door.
Douglas were again not at full tilt this week and were patchy but the positives are there in that the defensive application was good. No one shirked their duties. Douglas still not at their best but managing to grind out victories can only be a positive for the future!
Next week Douglas take on Ramsey in what promises to be a good game of attacking and open rugby. And the first installment of the Manx trilogy!