Important game in the Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy

TRY: Referee Simon Murray is right on the spot as Southern Nomads' Rob Keelan crosses the whitewash against Vagabonds in Saturday's BSM Manx Cup semi-final at Ballafletcher. Vagas won the match 47-14

TRY: Referee Simon Murray is right on the spot as Southern Nomads' Rob Keelan crosses the whitewash against Vagabonds in Saturday's BSM Manx Cup semi-final at Ballafletcher. Vagas won the match 47-14

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SHIMMIN Wilson Manx Shield champions Southern Nomads travel to Glencrutchery Road on Saturday to meet runners up Vagabonds B in the former’s first outing of the campaign in the Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy.

Vagas are current polesitters after a narrow win over Castletown and will be anxious to keep this momentum going in the end-of-season three-way round robin competition.

Each team plays the others home and away and the results are compiled into a league table. When all games are completed the top two play off on Shimmin Wilson finals day which this year is currently scheduled for April 16.

These two met twice in the Manx Shield with Vagas winning at Nomads and vice versa. There was only one point difference in the aggregate scores and this suggests a mighty close game.

Nomads had a long spell with no fixtures but acquitted themselves well in the BSM Manx Cup last week against Vagas’ first string. This suggests to me that they’re on the up.

Vagas, however, will be wanting to bounce back from their Shield defeat at Douglas B a fortnight ago and I think they might just sneak this one.

Saturday’s Fixtures

South Lancashire/Cheshire Division One

Bowdon v Vagabonds @ Bowdon

South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two

Ramsey v Trentham @ Mooragh Park ko 1.30pm

Douglas v Wallasey @ Port-e-Chee ko 2.15pm

Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy

Vagabonds B v Southern Nomads

@ Glencrutchery Road ko 2.15

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