Wisbech’s 13 men in drop zone

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Wisbech 7pts,

Old Brentwood 34

An extremely disappointing result as Wisbech now find themselves third from bottom of the league and in the relegation zone a point behind the visitors, who also have two games in hand.

In the corresponding away fixture the game was called off after 60 minutes when the referee broke down and although Wisbech were 24-22 behind at the time it was felt that they would go on to win.

On Saturday Old Brentwood gave probably the best team performance from a visiting side this season. Wisbech had virtually the same squad who played so well the week before against league leaders Campion. The only change was that Solomon Prestidge replaced injured Greg Brownlow.

Brentwood scored two converted tries but towards the end of the half Wisbech reduced the arrears when winger Shane Vickers went over and Jack Malkin kicked the conversion from out wide.

Wisbech were 7-12 down at the break. Unfortunately poor discipline finally cost Wisbech dearly as Prestidge was given a red card for persistent aggressive play. Shortly after Tom Martell was sin-binned. Lack of numbers saw Brentwood score three more tries which gave them a valuable bonus point.

Coach Leonard Veenendaal was very despondent after the game Vickers played well but man of the match was Steve Priest for a solid performance.

“If only we had started the game with the passion and spirit shown when we were down to 13 players,” said manager Cliff Humphreys.

“If were are to avoid the drop we need to win all remaining five games including Sudbury away and hope that the teams above us slip up.”

l Neither side managed to gain the advantage in three hard-fought games between quality teams, when Wisbech U10s faced Spalding at Harecroft Road on Sunday.

In the first game Spalding managed a response to Will Easton’s try to snatch a draw.

Other scores: 3-3 (Wisbech tries from Will Paul, Oliver Murdoch and Easton) and 3-3 (Paul 2, James Wright). Player of the week: Wright.