Ramsey travel away to take on fallen giants Orrell

Ramsey's  Ben Barlow can only look on as Ormskirk's Dan Hitchlock takes lineout ball from Luke Robertson, during the visitors' 44-11 win at Mooragh Park on Saturday. The Lancashire side host Vagas this weekend - MP131019(30)

Ramsey's Ben Barlow can only look on as Ormskirk's Dan Hitchlock takes lineout ball from Luke Robertson, during the visitors' 44-11 win at Mooragh Park on Saturday. The Lancashire side host Vagas this weekend - MP131019(30)

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Ramsey face a tough trip to Wigan in South Lancs/Cheshire Div Two on Saturday where they meet Orrell, one of the fallen giants of English rugby.

The club were up there at the top end of the professional game in the mid-1990s, but the withdrawal of their backer saw them sell their ground and a fall down the leagues.

After just one win in the division above last season Orrell were relegated and as often happens, their results haven’t quite gone to plan in the lower league either.

Several defeats has dropped them down to 10th. That said, they have had a pretty difficult opening to the season and both their wins have come at home. This suggests they will be a tough outfit to beat, especially given the Manx side’s poor away form.

The Ramsey pack were easily a match for Ormskirk last week and even in the closing stages of the game, the home scrummage was able to push their visitors back.

That will be a big positive as the northerners aim to climb away from the foot of the table.

It will, however, only help if the club can assemble a stronger travelling side. Zach Claydon stepped in as hooker last Saturday and performed well, while Josh Carine is holding his own at scrum-half and Dan Bonwick appears comfortable in any position in the backline. If Ramsey can harvest the positives they’re capable of getting a result.

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