Dogged title chasers Wisbech beat Mersea

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Wisbech 24

Mersea Island 13

This was a dogged home performance by Wisbech against an improving and physical Mersea side, who had disposed of fellow title contenders Wymondham earlier in the month.

Wisbech were well worth their 12-0 early first half advantage when, from two well-executed driving mauls by the home pack, Sam Anderson touched down for the tries. Jack Malkin slotted over a conversion. The visitors scored a converted try.

The referee dished out two yellow cards to Wisbech either side of half-time. Down to 13 players, they restricted Island to a solitary penalty. Once Wisbech were back to full strength they were rewarded with another try from a powerful forward drive.

Shortly after the referee awarded Wisbech a penalty try under the posts which Malkin converted, which secured a valuable bonus point. Despite another Wisbech yellow card the defence restricted Mersea to a single penalty.

The backs’ defensive performance against a heavy and more physical opponents was key to the victory and they were led by man of the match, centre James Napier.

“Both Wymondham and Ely recorded bonus point victories at the weekend to maintain their advantage over us, but we still have a game in hand.

“It looks like the championship is going to go to the wire,” said manager Cliff Humphreys.

The next tricky league game is away to Crusaders on March 5.