Depleted Wisbech run out of gas

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Southwold 38, Wisbech 22

On the face of it this scoreline looks like another heavy defeat for Wisbech as they struggled to select a squad of 18 players as a number of regulars were not available.

However after turning up with 16 players, a sterling team performance was led brilliantly by first team captain Solomon Prestidge and Wisbech won the physical battle. They took an early lead when Jack Malkin slotted over a penalty but the home side scored a converted try.

A slick passage of play through the backs created the space for winger Nick Thompsett to score.

Shortly after a power burst by back row Nathan Goodale saw him crash over and Malkin added the conversion.

Just before half-time Southwold scored their second converted try to reduce the arrears to 14-15.

In the second half Wisbech squandered a number of attacking moves but midway through the half De La Rey Veenendaal intercepted the ball midway in Wisbech’s half to touch down under the posts; Malkin converted.

With no substitutes the visitors began to tire. Wisbech were leading with about 10 minutes to go but in the end the home side were able to benefit from their pressure to run in the points.