Wisbech relegated despite home triumph

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Wisbech 22pts, Beccles 3

Despite a very spirited home winning performance, 
Wisbech have been relegated as fellow strugglers Brentwood secured an away win.

At the beginning of the season Wisbech targeted a mid-table finish; unfortunately the defeats at home to Brentwood and Wanstead and the lacklustre away draw to bottom club Canvey cost them 11 points.

“Had we secured those points we would have finished in fifth position,” said club manager Cliff Humphreys.

“There were some memorable performances but in the end our squad of committed first team players was too thin to compete at this level.

“Relegation to Eastern Counties 1 may be a blessing as it will allows us to regroup and work with a number of young players who have joined the club this season.

“Leonard (Veenendaal, coach) and I will sit down over the next few weeks to plan pre-season. I would like to thank Leonard for his supreme efforts. He worked tirelessly to prepare the squad each week.

“I know he will be disappointed, but he is a proud man and he will relish the challenge to win back promotion next season.”

Wisbech answered the Beccles physical challenge with an offensive defence. Midway through the first half quick ball from the ruck saw outside centre Shane Vickers release the big right wing James Patrick who beat three defenders to score the opening try, converted by scrum-half Jack Malkin.

Wisbech gave away a penalty (7-3). Malkin slotted over a penalty (10-3) and Vickers intercepted the ball for a 60 metre sprint to the try line, converted by Malkin to go into half-time 17-3 in the lead.

In the second half the Wisbech defence stood firm and with 10 minutes to go from a ruck, Nathan Goodale found Phil Martell who released Vickers down the left-hand touchline. Vickers offloaded for Goodale to score.

MoM: skipper on the day Charlie Roberts.

l Wisbech Under 8’s scored some amazing tries and defended well to become second in their group at the Holt Rugby Festival on Sunday. Top try scorers were Charlie Bradshaw and Harry Fowler.

Team: Bradley Shippey, Hetty Hoyles, Harry Davison, Lucas Drew, Charlie Bradshaw, Connor Sands, Harry West and Max Broomfield.