Wisbech lucky to keep run going

Southwold 16pts, Wisbech 18pts

Wisbech must consider themselves extremely fortunate to have maintained their unbeaten Eastern Counties League record against Southwold on Saturday.

They again had selection problems and were forced to select a completely different front row from the previous Saturday with Ali Comben, John Clarke and hooker Nathaniel Humphreys taking over. Inside centre Jon Turner was also missing with an ankle injury.

Southwold were unbeaten at home this season and their game plan was based on their big pack as Wisbech struggled in both the scrums and line-outs, however what Wisbech lacked in the physical department they more than made up for it with better ball handling skills, speed on the ball and sheer determination not to lay down.

Southwold were the first to cross the line with an unconverted try after a missed tackle. Wisbech rallied and put together some slick moves.

Mark Laws took on the home defence to score a try on 20 minutes which he converted. Shortly after he converted a long penalty attempt before Joe Barfoot scored Wisbech’s second try.

Laws added another penalty as Wisbech continued to work hard, but on the half time whistle Southwold got back into the game with a drop goal which made the half time score 8-18 to Wisbech.

Virtually from the kick off Wisbech came under pressure and they scored an unconverted try.

The signs did not look good for Wisbech as they started to concede a number of sloppy penalties which allowed the home team to keep up the pressure.

The score line was further reduced when Southwold slotted over a penalty on 50 minutes.

Wisbech then dug in and although they had a couple of chances to score, produced a rear guard performance to prevent the home team from scoring again.

Manager Cliff Humphreys said: “It was hard work getting a squad out and we were forced to name two under 17s Kerrie McMullan and Rob Brooks on the bench.”