Tom’s return marred by new injury blow

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Wisbech 13, Sth Woodham Ferrers 27

IN blustery conditions, Wisbech suffered a 13-27 defeat at the hands of South Woodham Ferrers in London NE division three at the weekend.

Scoring first through a Mark Laws penalty, Wisbech found themselves 3-0 up with only five minutes played. SWF made the most of the wind advantage and scored their first try followed by a penalty to claim an 8-3 lead.

Shorn of several front line players, Wisbech were on the back foot for much of the first half and although defending well, SWF scored a converted try and a penalty to take in a half time lead of 15-3. Turning round with the wind in their favour, Wisbech went on the attack and put pressure on the away side. SWF were experienced enough to absorb the pressure and made the most of a breakaway to score a converted try stretching their lead to 22-3.

Wisbech continued to force the game and Jack Malkin made the most of an opportunity to scurry under the posts and touch down. Laws added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 22-10.

Laws kicked another penalty to make the score 22-13 before SWF finished off the home side with a try at the end of the game.

There were some excellent performances from scrum half Malkin and skipper Shane Vickers. Prop Andy McCubbin gave a good account of himself in the loose and it was good to see Matt Desborough return to the side after injury. Sadly, another player returning from injury, Tom Paybody picked up a nasty shoulder injury at the end of the game that will probably rule him out for the rest of the season.

Wisbech travel to Upminster next Saturday while the club 2nds entertain Norwich Medics.