Douglas have passports at the ready
Friday, 07 December 2012 16:03
2E2 Douglas rugby club make the long trip to the welsh border to visit Oswestry this weekend in South Lancs/Cheshire division 2. Oswestry have not lost at home this season and Douglas only have one blot to their season thus far so we are in for a good match.
These two sides both narrowly missed out on promotion last year and the two fixtures last season were played in good spirit and there was good rugby on show. Oswestry are currently mid table and Douglas are near the top however statistics can be misleading. Oswestry are similar in style to Douglas in that they have a mobile pack and a quick back line.
There aren’t too many changes to the Douglas team this week and hopefully they will be firing on all cylinders. In the pack Glyn Hooson-Owen should shake off a hamstring niggle to bolster the second row with either Paul Leivers or the try and assist machine Daryn Thompson. Craig Lea and James Lidgett are also in contention this week together with Nick Horsthuis. This presents skipper Goodall with plenty of selection headaches and different combinations.
In the backline Douglas will be missing Niall Killey in the centres, however Andy Corris should have recovered from his lacerated ear to fill the void. The rest of the back line is much the same with Goodall likely to line up at 12 and Simon Heggs start at full back.
Douglas will hope that their strong travelling contingent will do the job and bring back the points but Oswestry from experience do not roll over and with their home record in tact are not going to give Douglas their own way. Douglas showed signs against Wallasey of what they can do and hopefully this team can click once again come the weekend in what will be a good game of expansive rugby.
Douglas bounce back at Ballafletcher
Monday, 26 November 2012 09:39
2E2 Douglas rugby club got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 49 - 15 win over wallasey at Ballafletcher on Saturday with port e chee suffering after the rain.
Douglas set out to avenge last weeks defeat and on 15 minutes after a try by Niall Killey and a Bryn Snellgrove penalty and conversion Douglas were 10 nil up.
Snellgrove slotted another penalty and Wallasey sprung into life. Some good forwards play allowed their centre to crash over.
Douglas then strung together some good phases and when speedster Callum Carine was offered the outside he accepted and raced in for the try. Half time 18 - 10.
Douglas started the second half with a little more purpose than the first and were starting to build the phases. Eventually enough space was crafted for Snellgrove to glide through an touch down which was converted.
Wallasey then battled their way back into it and eventually they created an overlap in Douglas 22 and scored to keep the game in the balance.
Then Callum Carine struck, he was again afforded the outside and scored 3 more tries in quick succession when he simply outpaced his opposite number which added gloss to the scoreline.
That wasn't it for Douglas, Nick Horsthuis had been on the pitch a matter of minutes when he picked off the base of the scrum to race in from the 10 metre line.
Final score 49 - 15. Much better this week from Douglas. They stuck to their task throughout and got a deserved result against a good Wallasey side who I think will be a good match for any team with their physicality and hard running.
A job well done Douglas!