Mon 24 Apr 2017 12:15

Douglas 1st XV show cased one of the best defensive efforts of the season, to take a well deserved 20-0 win over a solid Glossop side.  A faultless kicking display from Bryn Snellgrove ensured the points board continued to tick over, with Adam Boyd dotting over for a 1st half try taking Douglas into the break 13-0 up.  An enormous defensive effort from Douglas in the 2nd half put a hault on a Glossop come back, and 50m Max Singer try from a lineout had the Douglas crowd on their feet with the extras added by Bryn Snellgrove.  A big team effort, puts Douglas back to second with 2 games in hand and a chance to take back top spot.

‘ A prelude to the forthcoming Manx Plate final saw Douglas Celts and Western Vikings put on an entertaining and competitive spectacle at Port-e-Chee. Josh Carine kicked Celts in to a 3-0 penalty lead and used the handy breeze to pin Vikings back. Jack Moore, Seamus Doolan and Owen Maroney were making big carries for Celts, the inroads helping Tom Dutnall score two tries with Carine converting.  Kev Mellor and Harry Goodwin were a handful for the Celts defence as Vikings responded, but Johnny Howarth blasted over for Celts at the break for 22-0.

Ed Alderson set the Vikings template and carved an opening for Mellor to barge over for an easy Joe Whitelegg conversion, and Mellor then danced through the Celts defence minutes later to score a second and 22-12.  The Westerners had the ascendency but turned over the ball deep in home territory with Celts newcomer Wade Shrives influential, and Nathan Knights stretched his legs to the line.  Shay Waterworth ran a superb angle from Celts skipper Mark Shortland’s pass at a ruck to score, and Andy Vernon-Brown scorched up the touchline for a trade-mark try. Chris Horsthuis then helped torch any hopes of a Vikings comeback as he broke from a scrum and linked with Shortland who ushered Vernon-Brown in for his second. ‘

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