Battle for survival goes to final week

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Sudbury 55pts,

Wisbech 19

This was always going to be a difficult game for Wisbech as they battle to survive in London North East 3.

The pitch at Sudbury is probably the widest in the league and the home side will always select a squad which will take advantage of the conditions.

“The final scoreline did flatter the home side,” said manager Cliff Humphreys, “and did not reflect the commitment and passion shown by the 16 man squad who travelled.”

After 10 minutes the referee controversially allowed a try when Sudbury’s scrum half appeared to take the ball from out of the Wisbech scrum. Wisbech fought back: Jack Malkin narrowly missed a penalty and Sam Anderson was bundled into touch before grounding the ball over the line. Wisbech heads went down as Sudbury added three tries before half-time.

At start of the second half Greg Brownlow, James Patrick and Nathan Goodale’s efforts were rewarded when Goodale scored; Malkin converted. Sudbury continued to score at regular intervals but Goodale scored his second and James Griffin notched up Wisbech’s third try.

Humphreys added: “Our league survival is going to go down to the last round of games on Saturday. We are at home to Beccles who are now secure having taken two losing bonus points. Relegation is now between Brentwood, who won at the weekend, and us. If we beat Beccles and Brentwood lose away to Upminster we will survive; any other results will mean we are down.”

Wisbech 2 41, Swaffham 2 17

Wisbech 2nd XV for their final Woodfordes Norfolk League 2 fixture for the season were without regular skipper Oliver Mackett who skippered the 1st XV.

They were 17-0 down after 30 minutes. De la Rey Veenendaal came off the bench to slice through the defence only to be stopped 10 metres out. Quick ball from the ruck allowed Andy Heighton to go over for a try.

Further tries from: Nick Thompsett, Darryl Veenendaal, younger brother De la Rey (2), Dave Brodie, Harry Newman; conversion: fly-half Darryl Veenendaal (2), Newman. Skipper of the day Iwan Jones was shown a yellow card.

With 15 minutes remaining Wisbech coach Leonard Veenendaal after 13 years out of the game took the field as replacement left wing.

“To have had the opportunity to play and be on the pitch with both my sons was fabulous,” said Leonard Veenendaal.

Man-of-the-match: centre James Comben.

n Wisbech Under 8 won all three games against Peterborough Lions on Sunday, with brilliant teamwork.

Team: Harry West, Harry Fowler, Charlie Bradshaw, Bradley Shippey, Amelia Mitchell, Max Broomfield, Lucas Drew, Ben Allen, Harry Davison and Connor Sands.

Wisbech U11s won all three games at Peterborough Lions.

Scores: 4-1, tries: D Eaton, L Hare, B Wilcox, C Melton; 6-1: Eaton 2, Wilcox, J Fowler, F Murdoch, G Howat; 6-0: G Howat, Murdoch 2, Wilcox, Eaton, T Trundle.