Skipper Vickers puts Wisbech in seventh heaven

Wisbech Town Rugby Club. Front LtoR - Will Pettit, Dave Lamcraft, James Napier, Mark Laws, Shane Vickers (capt), Nathaniel Humphreys, Andy Heighton, Chris Dorling, Tom Martell. Back LtoR - Joshua Anderson, Greg Brownlow, John Turner, Andy Claydon, Phil Martell, John Blunt, Graham Saunders, Ben Chapman, Matt Steed, Joe Barfoot.
Wisbech Town Rugby Club. Front LtoR - Will Pettit, Dave Lamcraft, James Napier, Mark Laws, Shane Vickers (capt), Nathaniel Humphreys, Andy Heighton, Chris Dorling, Tom Martell. Back LtoR - Joshua Anderson, Greg Brownlow, John Turner, Andy Claydon, Phil Martell, John Blunt, Graham Saunders, Ben Chapman, Matt Steed, Joe Barfoot.

Wisbech 1st XV 27 pts,

Ipswich YMCA 0pts

Wisbech made it seven straight wins in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 against a tough Ipswich side at home on Saturday.

Skipper Shane Vickers stole the limelight with four tries in a game really dominated by the forwards.

James Napier opened the scoring with a try under the posts after good work with Phil Martell and Mark Laws converted.

Laws then struck a penalty against a post and the ball dropped perfectly into Vickers’ hands to score the first of his tries to make it 12-0 at the break.

Vickers went over again early in the second half after a good passing movement but Wisbech then lost James Griffiths who was sent off.

A third Vickers try came when Wisbech collected the ball on their own 10 metre line and the skipper went over in the corner after good work by Laws and Napier.

The final try arrived when Will Pettit tackled and turned the ball over to feed Vickers on the blind side and he sprinted over.

Wisbech now trail Cantabrigians by three points at the top of the table, but have a game in hand.

Coach Ben McCall said: “We were forced to make changes in the front row with Nathaniel Humphreys away, but we put in a good performance. We were expecting a tough battle among the forwards and that is what we got against a much bigger pack.”

This week Wisbech are at Southwold in the league, and they have been drawn at home to Thetford in the second round of the Junior Vase to be played on November 26.

Vickers commented: “I think it is a very good draw for us.”

West Norfolk 2nd XV 7pts

Wisbech 2nd XV 52pts

In their best performance in recent years Wisbech dominated this local derby running in ten tries.

With a very noisy travelling support Wisbech began the match firing on all cylinders, by running in a try in the first three minutes. Returning players Solomon Prestidge and Jack Malkin showed great class – with Prestidge running in a hat-trick of tries. He overpowered West Norfolk in the loose and controlled the line-out.

Jack Malkin governed the game very well from fly-half.

Wisbech were able to offload in the tackle and play fast-flowing rugby which West Norfolk were unable to cope with. This was well demonstrated in a 30 yard break by Josh Anderson, who was able to offload to fellow prop Ali Comden.

A man-of-the-match performance from stand-in scrum-half Matt Mitchell was topped off by a try of his own. There were also tries from new signing Rich Pearson, Kerrie McMullen, Ryan Tate, Dave Brodie, Olle Lake and Nick Thompsett.