Wisbech 2nds 22pts,
Lakenham Hewett 19
Wisbech finished the year with another win against tough opposition.
Wisbech started off well, making use of a quick skilled set of backs to work a try beautifully into the corner with some great hands from the backs. Luke Feaviour was unable to convert with such a strong crossfield wind, meaning Wisbech led 5-0 within five minutes.
Lakenham returned the try after some poor missed tackles.
The conversion was charged down, 5-5.
The game began to become a scrappy affair with Lakenham scoring, 5-12.
Nick Thompsett planted the ball in front of the posts, which was cooly converted by Feaviour, 12-12, then Thompsett scored into the corner, 17-12 at the break.
Wisbech were put under pressure with some great tackling from Lewis Mews who put in a man of the match performance.
Wisbech left a gap in the middle for Lakenham to break through under the posts, 17-19, but Wisbech were able to capitalise from a turnover to work the ball from the breakdown through the hands to Derrick Hart on the wing, who carried it over, 22-19.
Captain Olly Mackett said: “It wasn’t one of our greatest performances, but we didn’t give up.”
Wisbech were well truly beaten by rivals Cantabs on Saturday.
“I cannot understand why the squad, which was virtually the same as the squad who played so well at home to Sudbury the week before, played so badly,” reflected a disappointed club manager Cliff Humphreys.
“We received two yellow cards which did not help our cause. I really feel for coach Leonard Veenendaal as he has worked really hard since August and the team’s performance hurt him.
“We have a two week break before our next match home to Wanstead on January 4. It is up to all players to rally and collectively attend training nights.”
Wisbech’s consolation try was scored by Joe Barfoot and converted by Sam Anderson. Jack Malkin, Kerrie McMullen and Steve Priest all tried their best.