Douglas and Ramsey go head-to-head

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DOUGLAS and Ramsey meet in South Lancs/Cheshire Division Two at Port-e-Chee this Saturday in what is the last big Manx derby game of the season.

Douglas could still mathematically be promoted this season but they would need to win both their remaining games and rely on rivals Oswestry losing all theirs.

The Shropshire outfit face struggling Moore at home this weekend knowing that a bonus-point win will put them up regardless of the Douglas result.

For Ramsey, the stakes are a little different. They lie seven points clear of the relegation zone and know that three points or more will see them safe and even then, if rivals Trentham fail to pick up two or more points this week, they’ll be safe whatever the Douglas result.

Forgetting about the league briefly, this is Douglas against Ramsey!

They drew 19-19 each at the Mooragh earlier this season and Douglas won 24-20 in the Manx Cup semis.

This Saturday promises to be as big a game as the other two and should attract a bumper crowd to Port-e-Chee.

Both sides play an expansive running game and if the weather gods smile at the weekend, spectators can expect fast hands and strong running.

For Douglas their key man is likely to be number eight Niall Killey whose direct lines in midfield create so much space for those around him. Ramsey’s key back row man is Lance Wyllie, who also picks great running lines in open play. The battle between these two will be key to the game.

There was little between the set scrummages in the cup meeting and similarly, both lineouts went well too. With no real set-piece advantage for either side this promises to be tight and is virtually impossible to pick a winner.

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