Beccles 36pts, Wisbech 22pts: Wisbech opened up their 2013/14 London North East 3 campaign with a spirited but losing performance.
It was a good display given that Wisbech have had a fairly disruptive pre-season as the club could not afford coach-elect Carl Douglas’s financial requirements.
As a result former player Leonard Veenendaal has stepped in to take on the role.
Veenendaal has only been working with the senior squad for a couple of weeks and brings a high level of passion typical of all South African rugby players.
This influence was very much in evidence as the squad battled to the end.
“Unfortunately this is a bad time for us as many of the senior squad members are engaged within agriculture and this is a very busy time at work,” said club spokesman Cliff Humphreys.
On Saturday Wisbech perhaps should have scored in the first five minutes as the forwards drove the ball within a metre of the home try line.
Shortly after Beccles converted a penalty and scored a try.
Mark Laws converted a penalty which took his points tally for Wisbech to over 1,500.
Beccles then eased ahead with a couple of penalties before full-back Joe Barfoot cut through Beccles to score. Laws added the points to make the score 14-10.
As half time approached prop Richard Cavill was shown a yellow card for a high tackle.
While Wisbech were down to 14 players Beccles scored either side of half time and Wisbech conceded five tries in all.
Further Wisbech tries from Nathaniel Humphreys (Laws converted) and Jack Smith.
“We have had an encouraging start to the season and it now up to all senior squad players to rally behind Leonard and turn up on Tuesday and Thursday training nights.
“I am very confident that if the senior players get behind Leonard and work with him we will have a great season,” Humphreys added.
Next Saturday Wisbech entertain Cantabs in the league, kick off 3pm.