Wisbech suffer revenge defeat

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Sudbury 48pts,

Wisbech 15pts

Sudbury took revenge for the Senior Vase defeat at Wisbech the previous week in emphatic style on Saturday in NE3.

They notched up eight tries as Wisbech struggled to cope with the fast flowing home back division.

Once again Wisbech availability issues for an away match. A number of players, who played in the Vase match, were not available and a sickness bug hit others.

Wisbech were forced to use flanker Tom Martell and prop Charlie Roberts in the centres, but did welcome back Greg Brownlow who played his first game of the season at second row, He put in an impressive performance.

It did not help that Wisbech only arrived at Sudbury 40 minutes before kick off. In the first half the home team used the width of the pitch to advantage to set up five tries.

Wisbech did have the better of the forward exchanges and when they kept the ball tight they pushed the home side back. Unfortunately when these moves broke down Sudbury were able to counter with pace pushing Wisbech back onto the defensive. A Mark Laws penalty was all that Wisbech could muster in the first half as they trailed 31-3.

The second half started off in much the same vein with the home side quickly notching up two more tries. However Wisbech’s dogged determination saw a fight back. Again keeping the ball tight, the forwards powered through and Brownlow went over after Wisbech had won a number of phases.

However a lack of concentration saw Sudbury score before Wisbech bounced back with an Andy Heighton try and Laws converted.

Manager Cliff Humphreys said: “You cannot fault the attitude and commitment of the 16 players who turned up.

“I know that players do have other commitments, but for some reason we do struggle to send teams away.

“We are at home to Beccles in the league this Saturday which is a must win game.”