RAMSEY travelled to Trentham in the Staffordshire Potteries for a big fixture at the foot of South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two on Saturday.
Despite initial concerns over a frozen pitch the game got under way as scheduled. Trentham chose to play down the slope in the first half and seized the early initiative, taking advantage of winning a line-out, to go over for a try.
The subsequent conversion kick deflected in off the left upright taking the score to 7-0 after eight minutes. Ramsey replied quickly though, with a well-taken penalty kick by Fintan Cummins from the left side of the opposition’s 22.
However, after an infringement by Ramsey deep in their own half Trentham extended their lead to 10-3 on 15 minutes with a straightforward penalty kick.
Ramsey’s pack performed well with prolonged periods of possession and strong scrummaging from Davide Mazonne, Myles Ellis and Rory Nicholson, however, Trentham made the most of the possession they did secure. Moving the ball quickly through many sets of hands Trentham grabbed a second try which was duly converted.
Shortly before the interval Cummins’s boot again found its mark with a penalty leaving the half-time score 17-6 in Trentham’s favour.
Ramsey now had the advantage of the slope and of the opposition looking into a bright, low winter sun. It was Trentham though, that opened the scoring in the second half with a successful penalty kick. Ramsey came back into the game with Cummins gaining territory with a huge, well-placed kick into the opposition’s 22.
Ramsey won the arising lineout to see their powerful second row forward John F. Watling drive over for a try, which was converted by Cummins to take the score to Trentham 20, Ramsey 13 after 18 minutes.
Now back in touch Ramsey needed to kick on, but it was Trentham who scored two further well-taken tries one of which was converted. Final score Trentham 32 Ramsey 13.
With both teams at the foot of the table this defeat may well be one Ramsey come to lament.