Playing some of their best rugby of the season so far, despite the conditions, Firwood Waterloo closed the first half of their season with a well deserved 30-35 win away to Isle of Man side Douglas, a result over the third place side in North One West that lifts them into eighth place.
"It was a very satisfying win despite the very wet conditions," ackowledged director of rugby Steve Wood after the final whistle. "We went out with the right attitude our game management was much better and although were were 'under the cosh' for about fifteen minutes in the second half when they took the lead we dug in and came back to take the honours."
"Even just a few weeks ago we might well have folded at that point but the boys showed great resilience and it means that we can go into the Christmas break with a spring in our step."
Firwood Waterloo took the early lead with a penalty from Tom Booth before, with the full back entering the line to create the extra man, Jacob Allen went over for the opening try .
Douglas came right back with a converted try but from a catch and drive and a missed pass by Booth opening up the space, Scott Davidson went over for the second. Booth added the conversion and a penalty for a 7-15 lead.
Following a penalty by Douglas, from a scrum in mid-field Booth put Jimmy Muir through the gap for the third also adding the conversion.
Coming up to the interval Douglas managed a converted try to close the half with Firwood Waterloo 17-25 in front.
The home side had the better of the opening stages of the second period and with two tries and a conversion took the lead for the first time going 27-25 ahead.
Firwood Waterloo refused to concede and keeping the ball tight worked their way up field with some forceful pick and drive play to get Wilbur Harris over for what proved to be the winner.
Douglas however managed to close the gap to two points with a penalty which left nerves jangling before Booth sealed the win with a penalty right at the end.
Firwood Waterloo now take a two week break before returning to action on 6th January at home to Wilmslow.
Updated 13:50 - 18 Dec 2017 by Andrea Davidson