2e2 DOUGLAS travel to Oldershaw this weekend in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two.
Oldershaw have in previous seasons had a big pack and an astute backline.
This season they seem to be languishing at the lower end of the table while Douglas are nearer the top, but don’t let league position fool you.
They are a well-organised and physical side and Douglas will have their hands full come saturday.
There are a few changes to the Douglas team this week with Carl Markl-Ferns the only surviving front row from last week’s victory over Dukinfield.
He will be joined by the returning Rob Todd and Glyn Hooson-Owen.
Daryn Thompson and James Lidgett are also available and will fight for the slot left by James Creasey in the back row.
Liam ‘Mandingo’ Murphy is also pushing for a start after some impressive run outs from the bench.
The backline is much the same this week with Simon Heggs easing his way back to fitness at fullback.
The Manx side were far from impressive last time out and there is room for improvement across the board.
Douglas need to revert to type and play with the structure and intensity that was there in the first few weeks of the season.
This Douglas side, when playing at its full potential, is a handful for any side. If the Port-e-Chee outfit can find their form on Saturday then they are capable of getting the win.
However, Oldershaw are a strong physical side who will have a big impact on Saturday and Douglas will write them off at their peril.