Western Vikings’ made a successful Manx Cup comeback with a narrow 20-17 win over Castletown at QEII on Saturday in the competition’s preliminary round.
The weekend’s victory books the westerners a winner-takes-all showdown with Southern Nomads next week with a place against Douglas in the Manx Cup semi-final up for grabs.
Vikings led 5-0 at half time through a Chris Williamson try. Two tries in the second half from Martin French, including his first try for Vikings, plus a Tony Grundy conversion saw the hosts build a 17-0 lead.
However, a spirtied Castletown hit back with tries from Mike Condra, Lee McIver and Gary Stephenson and when Stephenson added a conversion the game was tied at 17-17.
This was the cue for Vikings’ skipper Mike Sheeley to enter the fray and in the final minute he kicked a penalty from wide out on the touchline to bag the win. Don’t tell his surgeon mind!
l In the Manx Plate, Vagabonds B beat Emerging Nomads comfortably 62-13 at Ballafletcher and booked themselves a home semi-final in the Manx Plate where they will play either Western Vikings or Southern Nomads.
l Vagabonds women’s side’s clash away at Northwich in NC North One on Saturday was postponed with the West Cheshire outfit unable to secure an alternative pitch with their own ground water-logged.
The game will be played later in the season, but only of it affects promotion or relegation.
Shimmin Wilson Manx Shield
Douglas B 7-8 Southern Nomads
Manx Cup Preliminary Round
Western Vikings 20-17 Castletown
Manx Plate Preliminary Round
Vagabonds B 62-13 Emerging Nomads