Trentham visit Mooragh Park

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WITH all the excitement of the BSM Manx Cup now over (until April 30 at least), Ramsey settle down to more mundane matters this Saturday when Trentham make their first visit to the Mooragh in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two.

The Staffordshire side won the away leg 23-11 back in November and Ramsey will want to take revenge this time around.

The game in Trentham was dominated by the home side’s physical pack and they bullied their way to the win.

I suspect things could well be different this time around on the big Mooragh pitch and the Manx side will seek to keep their guests moving at a high tempo for much of the game.

Ramsey hold a big advantage over Trentham in the league standings and will be seeking to close the gap towards the top end of the table as the season nears its end. It’s unlikely that they’ll get near the promotion places at this stage, but a five-pointer will still be high on this weekend’s agenda.

There are no reported serious injury worries after last weekend, but Peter Verrall remains on the sick list and skipper Will Keenan is still troubled by a quad niggle.

Max Singer has returned to his studies so Henry Lord or Chris Hancox are likely to partner Johnny Watling in the second row. After an intense few weeks, however, Ramsey may rest one or two players and blood some of their promising youngsters. Whatever the side, the northerners should win.

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