AFTER last week’s disappointment, Ramsey skipper Davide Mazzone must try to build his team back up for a tricky trip to Dukinfield in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two on Saturday.
The sides have met on a number of occasions at Blocksages Playing Fields, however, Ramsey have yet to win there. On their most recent visit last season Ramsey lost by just seven points.
This campaign has been a little steadier for Dukinfield. They aren’t out of the promotion race just yet, but their results suggest that a mid-table finish is most likely.
They have lost against Moore and Southport both of who have been beaten by Ramsey. Conversely, they’ve beaten Sefton and Oldershaw, who have both recorded wins over the Manx side.
Ramsey can be pleased with their showing last Saturday. Despite being out powered up front they were right in the game until the very end and were competitive in all areas except the tight play.
Retreating scrums meant poor quality ball for the half-backs and a big lineout game from Vagas also made life difficult. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries from the Vagas game so it’s likely that the only non-travellers will be those with work commitments.
A bonus point for Trentham last week means that Ramsey now occupy bottom place in the standings. Marple and Moore have, however, also now picked up five-point deductions for player registration issues so it’s starting to get quite crowded at the foot of the table and an away win this week would put a totally different look on the table.