Wisbech gain revenge due to miserly defence

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Eastern Counties One

Wisbech 26 Woodbridge 3

Wisbech 1st XV exacted revenge at the Chapel Road Arena in a potential banana skin for the home team after Woodbridge won 7-28 in the last outing.

Wisbech started well and 15 minutes into the game Harry Newman came off his wing in a set move straight off the training paddock, slicing through the defence, Jack Malkin adding the conversion.

Wisbech continued to threaten and another well worked backs move put the rejuvenated slimlined centre John Turner through for the second try of the game (Malkin conversion) to take a 14-0 lead.

Woodbridge hit back with a penalty.

Woodbridge lost a player to the sin bin, and five minutes to half-time Wisbech added a third try courtesy of another lineout move resulting in Jacob Goat going over (Malkin conversion).

Wisbech’s defence stood firm in a bruising yet uneventful second half.

With five minutes on the clock Wisbech scored the fourth try and achieved the bonus point, from Sam Anderson peeling off a driving maul, Malkin missing his first kick of the day.

Goat picked up a knee injury and Parsons concussion after sustaining an accidental blow to the head.

“The scoreline flatters us and perhaps does not reflect the work the lads put in to grind out the win and keeping our try line unbridged.

“Our defence was simply outstanding.

“The work Darryl Veenendaal has put into shoring up our defence paid off for us for the second week running,” said coach Leonard Veenendaal.

In another all-round team performance skipper Solomon Prestidge was man-of-the-match.

Wisbech travel to Mersea Island next week looking to continue the defensive dominance that could lead to a much valued win on the road.


Eastern Counties Three

Shelford 34 Wildcats 12

After some big wins Wisbech Wildcats came crashing back down to earth.

The centre partnership of Martin Day and Connor Lucas made inroads but the Wildcats were unable to capitalise. Shelford scored three unanswered tries in the first half.

Due to injury Wisbech were forced to reshuffle and were able to score two second half tries.