Coach baffled by Wisbech display

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Harlow 41pts,

Wisbech 24pts

Wisbech club coach Leonard Veenendaal is at a loss to explain why the team do not perform for 80 minutes.

“We have some very talented players but there seems to be something missing,” he said.

“We really should have got something out of this game as for long periods especially in the second half we dominated but to concede five first half tries, four of which came from missed tackles, was too much for us to peg back.”

Harlow scored in the first five minutes when their winger brushed past a covering tackle. Wisbech responded and levelled matters when David “Holloway” Brodie crossed the line. Harlow then scored a well worked try when their influential wing forward created space for the centre to score.

Once again Wisbech responded when James Napier collected the ball after a powerful forward drive to score. Wisbech then gifted Harlow three tries as tackles were missed to trail 31-10 at half-time.

In the second half Wisbech looked a different team. Ben Chapman put in another sterling performance at number 8 and was rewarded when he scored and with Sam Anderson slotting over Wisbech reduced the arrears.

Wisbech continued to dominate and came close on a number of occasions. Napier scored his second try when he intercepted a pass - Anderson converted. Wisbech were now within a converted try of Harlow who then kicked a penalty to ease the pressure.

In the last five minutes Wisbech were encamped in Harlow’s 22 metres as they went in search of a try but a defensive clearance kick was chased down by the home winger who scored on full-time.

“If only we could start the games as we finish them,” reflected club manager Cliff Humphreys. “The final scoreline did flatter Harlow but we cannot keep giving away easy tries.”

Wisbech are at home to promotion challengers Sudbury on Saturday kick off 2pm.

Wisbech second XV won 34-12 against West Norfolk.