They have to B the talk of the Town
Castletown B produced one of their finest ever displays in Isle of Man Bank Men’s division one last week with a brilliant maximum 10-0 home victory over high flying North Ramsey A at the Crofts.
It is hard to quantify just how rare it is for a side outside the top 2 or 3 teams in each division to record a whitewash, especially against quality opposition such as the Northerners who beat their A team 8-2 in the previous fixture.
On paper, before the match, they looked like they could sneak a home win but for every one of their players to dig to unknown depths and secure wins, 5 of them either 19 or 20, is quite simply awesome and the Town lads deserve every accolade afforded them.
Town A, however, didn’t fare as well on their trip to Marown as they went down 9-1, with Mike Hargraves 21-15 over home captain Neil Withers the main highlight for them. This is a great result for the Crosby men and keeps them hot on the heels of league leaders Onchan A.
Castletown C are holding their own in the top flight and another 4 points at home, this time against the other newly promoted team Port Erin, keeps them in the battle for survival. Port, who are also faring well in the seasons early stages, will leave the happier though as they edged the match on aggregate to pick up a vital away win.
Playing at a temporary home does not seem to be affecting title favourites Onchan A and they put in a great display to beat Peel A 9-1 at the cattery and get their title aspirations very much on track.
The Govags will feel hard done by to not have left with more after what was a highly competitive and entertaining encounter. Jack Beecham was the visitor’s only winner and he will be delighted to have gotten the better of Jordan Cain, especially on a green where the Onchan man was undefeated in the winter league.
Port St Mary A have started the season very strongly indeed and a strong 8-2 win, this time at the expense of Ballaugh A, keeps them fighting it out near the top of the tree. Strong home form is expected from this class act but it will be how they perform on their away trips which will determine their final league position. Ballaugh find themselves in a bit of deep water at present and will be hoping to get some more points on the board soon.
South Ramsey A bounced back from last week’s defeat with a solid 7-3 away win over Douglas A at the Villa Marina. South should be in the hint this season and if they can eradicate the odd bad result and find some consistency they have a genuine shot at top honours.
Finch Hill A find themselves at the top of division 2 after a hard fought 6-4 win away at the Mooragh over North Ramsey B. Both of these sides are fighting it out at the summit and there were some good performances from both sides.
Onchan B were in pole position before their match in the Sunset City against Peel B where they were stunned and left licking their wounds after the home side produced a brilliant 8-2 win, dropping Onchan down to fourth overall.
A rejuvenated Nobles Park A continued their fine start to the season and move into second place after a strong display to beat Castletown D 8-2.
The third division is the most open and unpredictable tier this season and I think the lead will switch hands on multiple occasions before the end of the season. Port Erin B currently occupy top spot after a massive 9-1 win over Nobles Park B.
The Nobles team might be struggling to put points on the board in these early stages of the season but I had the pleasure of watching some of their match in the Rayner Shield and its brilliant to see so many new faces taking up the sport.
South Ramsey B and Marown B both won 6-4 at home to keep them in the fight for silverware and they now occupy second and third spot respectively.
Team of the week (Division 3)
John Kelly (Marown B), Howard Corlett (Douglas C), Sam Stannard (Onchan C), Peter Blower and Ben Mowle (Port Erin B), Tom Wilson (PSM D), Ray Hardman (Peel D) and Alan Moore (S Ramsey B)