Wisbech snatch draw and bonus with late rally

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Canvey Island 32pts, 
Wisbech 32

A late rally secured Wisbech a draw and a try bonus point against bottom of the league side Canvey.

Once again Wisbech struggled to send a squad to an away fixture. However coach Leonard Veenendaal was confident that the squad selected would secure four points for a win and boost their survival hopes.

Canvey had not won all season; unfortunately Wisbech produced a disappointing and lacklustre performance. Dave Brodie, who has only just converted to scrum half, played his first game at first team in that position and did remarkably well.

Wisbech went behind after 15 minutes, but shortly after went ahead when the backs finally had ball to work with. Richard Pearson went over which Jack Malkin converted. Shortly after, centre James Napier outpaced Canvey’s defence to score which pushed Wisbech further ahead.

The forwards then went to sleep and allowed Canvey Island to dictate the forward play. With the aid of a number of technical penalties conceded by the visitors Canvey scored two further tries. A Malkin penalty just before half time reduced the arrears to 17-15.

At the beginning of the second half Wisbech lost Ben Chapman with a pulled muscle and shortly after Kerrie McMullen was carded for a technical infringement. Canvey responded with two quick tries, a conversion and penalty to lead 32-15 with 15 minutes to go.

Wisbech finally woke up and thanks to the quality of the back line scored three tries, the first of which was an individual effort by Andy Claydon who chased down a kick ahead to score. Malkin converted. Joe Barfort and Napier rounded off the haul.

“We are now three points behind Brentwood who won at the weekend and who also have a game in hand. There are three games left this season all of which are must-win. We are at home to Harlow on March 22,” said Veenendaal. “I would ask all club players to make themselves available for these matches and to train hard, although our fate will depend on the teams above, all of whom have games in hand.”

n Wisbech Under 11s played some impressive rugby to become joint cup winners at the Spalding Festival 2014.

Three tries from H Holmes, B Wilcox and L Hare to beat Stamford was followed by a loss of a try by A Flint to Sleaford’s three.

Wisbech then came back to draw two games against Oakham (B Wilcox try) and Kesteven (D Eaton try) which saw Wisbech into the final against Sleaford who scored first against the run of play. Eventually a strong Sleaford defence gave up for G Howat to equalise.

Wisbech U10 away to Stamford: Stamford 6, Wisbech 5. Tries from William Paul (2), George Kerr, Oliver Murdoch, Rhys Swann. Stamford 9, Wisbech 0. Stamford 4, Wisbech 2 (Will Easton 2).