Wisbech face tough London trip in Vase

Wisbech Rugby club at home to Lowestoft and Yarmouth. Wisbech captain Tom Long.
Wisbech Rugby club at home to Lowestoft and Yarmouth. Wisbech captain Tom Long.
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WISBECH head off to London this Saturday looking to book their place in Rugby Union’s Junior Vase semi-finals.

They are up against London Exiles who play in the Surrey League and have won 10 of their 12 games this season and are second in the table.

But Wisbech too have been in very good form with just one defeat and they also have the added bonus of their skipper Tom Long in the squad after a four-month absence with a broken thumb.

Wisbech have not had their scouts taking a look at the London side, but Long did admit to doing a bit of research on the opposition.

“They look a very good side, and as with all London sides, are big and strong.

“It will be a tough encounter especially away from home.

“We have been in good form too. The squad has gelled well and are defensively sound and our attacking play is good too.

“We are just happy to play what is put in front of us.

“We are having a coach for the trip and I am sure we will have some good support down there.”

The 31-year-old Long himself only returned to action two weeks ago in the 77-3 win against Woodbridge after feeling at one stage his playing days may be behind him after also spending a long spell on the sidelines last season.

He revealed: “It was not a straight forward break and required two operations and some wiring, so it was a relief to get back on the pitch again. You are not sure how it will cope in a game but everything was fine and I am now looking to push on for the second half of the season.”

Team manager Cliff Humphreys said: “It is good to have the experience of Tom Long back at the helm, but we should not forget the sterling work that Shane Vickers has carried out to get the team to where it is today in Tom’s absence.

“Tom brings a lot to the team with his experience and also commands the respect of all the other players. We should be at full strength for the trip to London Exiles with a squad of 24 to choose from.

“It is always good to pit your wits against a side you have not played before and I am sure it will be a close encounter. The players are really up for it with the chance of an appearance at Twickenham just three games away.”

Wisbech’s trip to Harwich & Dovercourt for their Greene King Eastern Counties Division One game on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.