DESPITE the scoreline, Ellesmere Port held Douglas for long periods and led the game twice on Saturday.
Travelling to the Isle of Man always causes a selection problem so Port handed debuts to four players - James Callaghan, Joe Joinson, Ben Payne and Simon Randle.
And they really showed their potential against Douglas, a big, strong team currently lying in second in South Lancs/Cheshire Three.
Callaghan marked his debut with the opening try which was soon equalised and overhauled by Douglas.
Chris Byrne then collected a Douglas clearance kick and launched an up-and-under which he collected himself before picking out Joinson to also score in his first appearance.
Just before half-time, Douglas sneaked into a 15-12 lead but Port were pleased with their perfor mance.
In the second half, experience and fitness told and the hosts ran in four tries in succession as they stormed to a comfortable victory.
Port player-coach Dave Layder said: 'We were not battered.
'They played well in the second half and deserved their win but the team we fielded did very well.
'The debutants especially looked good and hopefully they are the future for the club.
'We have one eye on next season and these lads could form the basis of a side with a younger look about it.'
Port have no game this weekend but the following Saturday they host fourth-placed Prenton.
It is sure to be a tough match and Layder added: 'It makes us appreciate the points cushion we have over Holmes Chapel at the bottom all the more.'