Harsh decision to dock points

Wisbech rugby club first team kit pres from sponsor, Elgoods. Paul Marshall (Elgoods) hands the kit to Wisbech Rugby Club president Pete Turner (right). Manager Cliff Humphreys (front right).
Wisbech rugby club first team kit pres from sponsor, Elgoods. Paul Marshall (Elgoods) hands the kit to Wisbech Rugby Club president Pete Turner (right). Manager Cliff Humphreys (front right).
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Wisbech were forced to concede their home game against league leaders Beccles on Saturday and were deducted four points for not fulfilling a fixture.

A pitch inspection on Friday afternoon confirmed that the Harecroft Road ground was very wet and club manager Cliff Humphreys said: “If the weather remained dry before Saturday’s 2.30 kick off, the pitch would have been just about playable.

“But the forecast predicated more heavy rain so it was decided to contact the league secretary to advise them and that we were looking for a possible postponement.

“The league rules state that every effort should be made to reverse the fixture and that the game should be played at Beccles.

“On Friday evening Beccles confirmed that their pitch was playable. Unfortunately due to late notice Wisbech could not then raise a team to travel and we lost the game and received a four-point deduction.

“In hindsight we should have called off on Saturday morning and the rain started around 12.30.

“I feel that the league decision was extremely harsh and we are considering an appeal.”

Wisbech travel to Old Priorians, who are currently top of London North West 3, in the Senior Vase third round on Saturday.

The club are hoping to take a coach down to this fixture and anyone wishing to travel on the bus please contact Cliff on 07774131480.

West Norfolk 2nds 0,

Wisbech 2nds 47pts

Wisbech continued their march towards the top of Norfolk Merit 1 with a convincing seven-try win.

Full back Joe Barfoot cleverly intercepted for a 70 metre sprint to the try line for the first score and he completed a hat-trick before the half-time break. Sam Anderson, who was stepping in at scrum-half, decided to get in on the show burrowing over under the posts to give himself an easy shot at the posts, He converted six out of seven.

At half-time Wisbech were 28-0 up and Barfoot was off again this time supported by winger Richard Crosbie. Barfoot fed Crosbie who used his pace to finish off a neat backs move. West Norfolk began to mount numerous challenges but stout tackling from Daniel Roberts, Steven Priest and Tom Williams kept them out.

Barfoot scored another two tries to take his tally to five as the forwards won quick ball and the backs were able to show some real class.