Burnage in the Isle of Man.

A quick post to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all who travelled to Douglas IOM at the weekend.

What a weekend it became. A magnificent and much needed win for the in-form Burnage First XV against a strong Douglas side who have only lost three home games in two seasons in their IOM stronghold. But the 11-25 final scoreboard said it all. 

After a tough contested first half and an equal share of the spoils at eleven all with the wind in our favour, the non-believers could have been forgiven for expecting the worst at the turn. 

But step up Burnage RFC – every man did his job and great performances all over the park were augmented by timely and brilliant use of replacements at around 60 minutes to continue the momentum and see the game through with another memorable win in North 1 West. A league like no other at level 6 in the UK where sadly one team will see relegation next week despite amassing over 60 points.

Statistically it could still be Burnage and we host Broughton Park next week with a slim shadow of some frankly unbelievable coincidences in the form of high scoring draws in other fixtures taking matters out of hands and the heroics of 14 points from the last three games would come to nothing.

But take a single point or more n our final game and it should be enough. It’s been tense, it’s been frustrating, but it’s definitely been entertaining and frankly I can’t wait to do it all again in this league from September. (If the gods of rugby deem it to be!)

I can’t let this post go without a huge thank you to our travelling supporters. Over 30 Burnage faithful, many in full Stripey’s, made the trip, surviving without hot water for 3 days in what has to be the worst hotel in the UK, (Are you reading Best Western?) including a significant number of our ladies of a certain age, who never missed a drink all weekend.

My thanks also to acting Chairman Tony Wilson-Sprat and President Gareth Hoosen-Owen (apparently you have to have a double barrel name here) for their superb hospitality and for being a ‘proper rugby club’ on and off the pitch. I hope we return next year.

Next week its home to Varley Park and our visitors Broughton Park, who have arrived back in level 6 this season with clear intentions to stay. We were mostly asleep in the first fixture back in September, let’s make sure were wide awake on Saturday with a big crowd to see us through and out of the most nerve shredding season for years with a win.

Steve Willock

Chairman