SOUTHERN Nomads bounced back from last week’s defeat with an emphatic 89-12 win at near neighbours Castletown in the Shimmin Wilson Manx Shield on Saturday.
Steve McHugh was the star for Nomads with four tries, Glen Buckley got three, Ally Kelly and Ian Hargreaves two apiece, with solitary scores from Ben Farmer, Harry Brereton, Alex Wilkinson and Vaughan Paddock. Dave Caldwell kicked seven conversions.
Douglas B maintained their challenge with a narrow 7-10 away win at Ramsey B. Douglas had the early pressure in the game and went in front after 14 minutes.
Stand-off Adam Howarth started and finished the scoring move. His touchline break down the left set up good field position. Conor McCaughen actually grounded the ball, but as referee Paul Daugherty was unsighted he awarded a five-metre scrum. The ball squirted out of the scrum before Douglas could get a nudge on and Howarth forced his way across the line from close range.
Four minutes later, Ramsey took the lead. Aneurin Pritchard intercepted and headed off upfield. Garry Vernon took the ball on when Pritchard was caught and he offloaded to supporting Mark Oldfield who ran it in under the sticks. Dan Bonwick converted to make it 7-5.
It wasn’t to last however and, with the Douglas forwards dominating in the tight play, it was only a matter of time before they scored again. McCaughen eventually bagged the try from close range to make it 10-7.
Half-time substitutions nearly cracked it for Ramsey. Luke Robertson and Mark Oldfield moved into the back row and gave Adam Howarth no time on the ball. After one huge Robertson munch, Howarth retreated deeper into the pocket and started to kick. This gave Ramsey more possession but they were unable to break the visitors’ defence.
Pritchard went in from 40 metres with a spectacular dive, but unfortunately hadn’t heard the whistle back upfield for a forward pass.
Ramsey attacks grew more and more frantic as the half wore on but in the end Douglas clung on.
Emerging Nomads were within a whisker of recording their first win of the season when they narrowly lost 13-17 to Vagabonds B. Tom Collins and Andy Joughin picked up tries for Nomads, with Dave Edge adding a penalty. Jonny Beckley’s boot kept Vagas in the game before a try from Jason Bowden sealed the win.