Weakened Ramsey travel to Southport

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A HOST of unavailabilities mean that Ramsey travel to struggling Southport with a much weakened side for their South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two game on Saturday.

The dilemma starts in the front row where injured hooker Peter Verrall is not quite ready for his comeback, while stand in Ben Harding can’t travel and emergency back up Myles Ellis is away at Twickenham.

In the second row, Chris Hancox can’t travel and in the back row skipper Will Keenan is also unavailable.

The better news, however, is that the Wyllie brothers are available to travel and the backline looks to be OK.

Southport have been flirting with the relegation zone for several months, but since Christmas their results have picked up a little and they earned losing bonus points against Ruskin Park and Oldershaw, as well as wins against Trentham and Wallasey.

This suggests that their form is inconsistent rather than poor and a quick check of the league table shows that they’ve won three at home, whereas Ramsey have only won once away.

The game will be a huge challenge for vice-captain Aneurin Pritchard who will lead the team in Keenan’s absence. An away win is a good possibility but will require some effort to overcome the disruption to the team.

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