Vagabonds B beat a young-looking Southern Nomads team 34-5 at Ballafletcher on Saturday to secure a place in next week’s Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy final which, by coincidence, will be against Southern Nomads.
Nomads got off to a flying start and when Adam Young wove his way through the Vagabonds midfield, the defence was stretched. Quick ball was shipped right where Harry Brereton’s clever dummy created just enough space for Glenn Buckley to squeeze over in the corner for a 5-0 lead.
Vagabonds, however, hit back right away and when a Nomads’ clearance found its way to Andy Pease, his pace was too much for the Nomads’ chasers and he leveled the score with a well-taken solo try.
Five minutes later Vagas took the lead. Once again, a Nomad error gave Vagas field position and the ball was spun quickly along the Vagas backline to right wing Steve Gawne who finished it off for a 10-5 lead.
Sam Liver made it 15-5 20 minutes in again prospering down the right flank. As half-time approached Vagas effectively killed the game off with tow quick tries. The first, was some opportunistic broken field play which saw second row Ben Sharples canter in and the second was a driving maul which saw game skipper Matt Rockwell emerge from under a pile of bodies with the ball.
Jonny Beckley converted one of these to leave it 27-5 at the break.
A Nomads comeback from a 22-point deficit always looked unlikely and 13 minutes in it became mission impossible. Vagas opted to play a little tighter going onto the wind and as their forwards rumbled for the line and Luke Purdy crashed over for the try which Mark McGreal converted.
An improved Nomads defensive effort meant the remainder of the game was scoreless.
Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy
Vagabonds B 34-5 Southern Nomads