SKANCO Douglas won the points in a hard-fought battle with Wallasey in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two at Port-e-Chee on Saturday.
The visitors from the Wirral started the day one place from the bottom of the table, but level on points with Southport and were determined to leave the island with the spoils.
A tight first half saw a missed penalty from the visitors and a successful one from Douglas’ Tim Mitchell to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage at the break.
The second half saw much more rugby and just three minutes into the half a great break by Tom Chamberlain saw him get clear of the Wallasey defence. The former Vagabonds and Southern Nomads half-back fed speedy hooker Karl Markl-Ferns who went into score. Mitchell converted to give Douglas a 10-0 lead.
As has happened on more than one occasion this season Douglas then allowed their opponents back into the game.
Determined forward play saw Wallasey score from close range in the 59th minute to halve the home side’s advantage.
The visitors then levelled the scores when some weak tackling allowed a blindside break from a scrum to develop and Wallasey touched down in the corner.
Douglas hit back with the best try of the afternoon. Geoff Miles fielded a long kick and fed Scott Goodall. Ferns, Guy Wood and Niall Killey were all involved in the move which was stopped short.
Prop Ragnar Toompere picked up from the resulting ruck to barge over and Mitchell converted to give Douglas a 17-10 lead.
With one minute plus injury time remaining Wallasey equalised, having been held up over the Douglas line. From the resulting five-metre scrum they scored under the posts and the try was converted to make the score 17-17.
Only injury time was left and with the final play of the game Douglas snatched a dramatic win when the ball was won and moved left. Wood made good ground before releasing Markyl-Ferns with about 20 metres to go. His determination took him over the line to claim the victory score.
Douglas travel to Trentham this weekend to face the team who lie one place below them in the league. It is bound to be a tough test.