Vagabonds Rugby Club are in a perilous position in Counties Three ADM Lancs/Cheshire league.

They are six points adrift at the foot of the table and have only four fixtures remaining. From those four, one is against third place Garstang and another is against second-placed - and as yet - unbeaten Hoylake.

Vagas therefore need wins from their other two games and hope that someone else slips up. This week it’s Garstang who visit Ballafletcher and, while a home win is possible, the formbook suggests it’s unlikely.

Vagas lost 41-8 when they visited Garstang back in November and, while the squad has remained fairly constant, the results haven’t improved as they might have hoped.

Garstang currently boast the meanest defence in the league and this, coupled with Vagas’ attack being the bluntest, suggests a low-scoring game for the Manx team this week.

But they do have new signing Dan Bonwick in the squad though. He has previously scored against Garstang for Ramsey and by all accounts had a good Vagas debut in the defeat at Thornton Cleveleys two weeks ago.

The Vagas backline is capable of points and Bonwick in the 10 jersey may be the man to get them moving. Cal Donnell is solid at centre with Cam Findlay and Jon Reilly both capable of turning it on in the back three.

The Vagas pack should welcome back Joe Louw this week and he will give some extra stability to the set piece. They’ll need it too.

Two games in Manx

Trophy this weekend

There are two fixtures in the Ravenscroft Manx Trophy this weekend

At Mooragh Park, Ramsey’s Blues take on Western Vikings and Nomads Whites, while at Poulsom Park Castletown host Nomads Green and Eastern Barbarians.

It’ll be a tight call in the north of the island: the Blues were pretty good at Ballakilley two weeks ago and, but for a lapse in concentration for 20 minutes, could have picked up some points.

Vikings will face the Blues this time around and a few Nomads heads in the team should give them enough to take the points.

Castletown have really struggled since the autumn and Nomads Greens plus the Barbarians are likely to be too strong for them.


Saturday, February 11:

Regional Two North West

Douglas v Bowdon

@ Port-e-Chee ko 2pm

Counties Three

ADM Lancs/Cheshire

Vagabonds v Garstang

@ Ballafletcher ko tbc

Women’s NC1 North West

Vagabonds v Broughton Park

@ Ballafletcher ko 1.30pm

Ravenscroft Manx Trophy

ko @ 2.15pm

Ramsey Blues v Western Vikings and Nomads Whites

@ Mooragh Park

Castletown v Nomads Greens and Eastern Barbarians

@ Poulsom Park

REPORTS in next Tuesday’s

Isle of Man Examiner