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Cambridge Exiles 24pts, Wisbech 2nds 22pts

Wisbech second team fell agonisingly short of reaching the Cambs Cup final in a close fought semi-final encounter with the Exiles on Saturday.

In the opening exchanges it was clear to see that the Exiles were a well drilled outfit but the Wisbech defence held strong. Wisbech looked dangerous on the attack and number eight Matt Mitchell tore a hole in the Exiles defence and made a 30 metre dash to score under the posts, Sam Anderson converted.

Wisbech looked to be on top when Dan Roberts sprinted to the corner to put Wisbech 12-0 up. But, it was the Cambridge outfit that finished the half strongly scoring an unconverted try to leave the half-time score 12-5.

It was the Exiles that came flying out of the blocks in the second half to leave the Wisbech second team stunned. Two quick tries from the Exiles left Wisbech trailing 17-12. The belief did not disappear and Sam Anderson knocked over an awkward looking drop goal.

With the score at 17-15 going into the last 20 minutes it looked as if anyone could win it. Wisbech’s Nick Thompsett collected the ball in his own half and set off on another of his trademark runs. Josh Seale was in support and broke the line, as he had been doing all game. The passing interplay was exquisite and with 15 minutes left Wisbech were 22-17 up on the scoreboard.

Going into the last 15 minutes a spirited Wisbech side started to show some cracks as fatigue and injuries set in. In a mismatch an Exiles player broke the Wisbech defence and darted to the try line. Wisbech were 24-22 down with 10 minutes left to play. From the restart, Thompsett collected and ran past the Exiles winger who then tried to slide tackle him.

Wisbech were able to turn over an Exiles scrum and with the defence rushing up Sam Anderson went for another drop goal, but missed.

Wisbech had given their all however it was not quite enough on the day.