2e2 Douglas score bonus-point win over Sefton
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:33
2E2 Douglas put in another bonus-point winning performance as the sun shone down at Port-e-Chee in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two on Saturday.
Sefton came to play and play hard with a bull-dozing approach to breaking the gain line.
Nick Horsthuis and the rest of the Douglas back row made crunching hits to bring down the big runners that just kept on coming down the 10-12 channel, but as hard as they knocked the Douglas line stayed firm.
It was the Manx side who put points on the board first through skipper Ryan Maddox, Mike Hebden narrowly missed the conversion.
Sefton made ground crashing their way into the Douglas half and on occasion worried the try line. However, sterling defence and a number of key turnovers kept a clean sheet for the home side.
Douglas in true style added two further tries, one from a great break by skipper Maddox and the other a crunching run by young back row Liam Murphy which started on the halfway. Murphy broke five tacklers ran over two and went in under the posts. Hebden added the extras and Douglas went in to the second half 19-0 up.
Sefton started with greater purpose in the second period and finally got the score they wanted.
The heavy impacts started to take their toll with Cal Carine came on for Maddox whose wrist injury flared up again - hopefully it’s just a case of rest. Carine, however made an instant impact scoring a great try sliding over on the far left, which Hebden just wide to make the 24-5.
The scoring was all Seftons for the next period, as they managed to suck in the Douglas defence, scoring out wide on one occasion before sneaking another round the side of a ruck. At 24-15 changes were forced to the hosts with Horsthuis and Murphy both suffering blows to the head, so on came Craig McGee and Mark Dimsdale.
Douglas played most of the rugby the the last 10 minutes thanks to some great individual efforts but this really was a good team performance both in attack and defence.
Andy Evans was to have the final say with a great try to make the final score 29-15, denying Sefton a losing bonus point.
So many good performances, too many to mention lads but you know who you are. Massive game next week against Vagabonds so everyone needs to get to training and build on this great showing. Well done all and welcome home Dan Creer and Mark McGee!
Promotion hopes look to be over for 2e2 Douglas
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:57
THE promotion race looks to be over for 2E2 Douglas as they went down fighting at Southport on Saturday afternoon.
Mathematically, it may still be possible for the Manx side to gain promotion to South Lancashire and Cheshire Division One as both Crewe and Oswestry also lost [the latter side to Ramsey]. But Douglas will have to put in some bonus point wins and hope that sides below them in the league beat the other top teams to gain promotion after this disappointment.
Injuries to skipper Ryan Maddox, Will Latta (both broken wrists) and Simon Heggs (hamstring), along with the imminent happy arrival of baby Goodall, meant the Douglas backline was virtually unrecognisable.
Able vice-captain Rob Todd faced an uphill struggle against a well-drilled, stable Southport team.
With two local derbies coming up, Douglas face a tough end to the season and, no matter what, will be aiming to finish as high up the table as possible.
Proper congratulations to Scott and Kathryn on the arrival of Heidi Rose Goodall at 7.10am Sunday morning, although Scott freely admits all the congratulations should go to Kathryn as she did all the hard work!
Well done guys from all at Douglas Rugby Club.