Changes hit survival bid

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Wanstead 26pts Wisbech 5pts

Wisbech fielded a very much changed side from the one that defeated Newmarket last weekend, coupled with a shortened warm up at the ground, Wisbech never really got into gear.

Some uncharacteristic errors in defence and lapses in concentration gave Wanstead the advantage early on.

Questionable refereeing at the breakdown and set piece would not allow the visitors the platform they needed to launch their game. The Wanstead fly half was happy to repeatedly kick the ball back to Wisbech, turning the defence around all afternoon. Tom Long scored the only points for the reds chasing a neat kick through from Shane Vickers, it might have sparked a comeback, but it was not to be.

The ongoing battle to avoid relegation is really coming down to the wire. With two league fixtures left against Lowestoft and Yarmouth and Norwich , Wisbech need to be firing on all cylinders from now on.

Away from the league Wisbech host Lowestoft and Yarmouth in the cup this weekend, and a victory here would give them a lift going into the final stage of the league campaign. So as much support as possible will be welcomed this Saturday at Harecroft Road.

Wisbech 2nd XV 3pts,

Norwich Union 31

Steve Priest scored a penalty for Wisbech’s only points at home on Saturday in a tough fixture. In truth the score flatters the visitors as the tie was a much closer affair than the scoreboard suggests.

Jim Mitchell’s men look to be almost safe from relegation again this year and will want to finish the season in good form.