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Wisbech 34,

Norwich 10

WISBECH produced a superb display of controlled focused rugby against a good Norwich side on Saturday, scoring five tries to claim a vital bonus point.

The result places Wisbech just one place above their nearest London Division Three North East rivals Campion who lost at the weekend.

Both clubs next play on April 9. Wisbech are away to Lowestoft & Yarmouth whilst Campion travel to Upminster. Relegation will all rest on the last league match of the season.

Scrum half Will Pettit scored the first of his three tries within the first five minutes for a 5-0 lead. Norwich responded with a penalty (5-3).

The second try came after some excellent scrummaging work by the pack who won against the head, allowing Matt Desborough to run at the defence making enough room for Pettit to touch down under the posts. Shane Vickers converted (12-3).

Wisbech maintained their attacks with Tom Long controlling affairs at fly-half. Ben Chapman and Matt Steed on the second row produced a couple of runs allowing Chris Newns to make space for Vickers to cross for the third try late in the first half. Vickers converted for a 19-3 lead.

Immediately after the turnaround, Wisbech won a penalty that Vickers slotted over (22-3). Shortly afterwards, a break by Long put Vickers into space who stepped inside and shipped the ball to Pettit to score (27-3).

Norwich responded with a converted try (27-10). A bullocking run from Greg Brownlow cleared the way for James Napier to score, which Vickers converted (34-10).

The lineout functioned well with Nat Humphreys finding his jumpers on a regular basis, Andy Heighton impressed in the front row, Tom Martell was involved in every breakdown and his brother Phil stood up to some strong defence from the away side. Coach Ben McCall is clearly having an effect on the team.