Wisbech Rugby Club suffered a heavy defeat to Ely Tigers in the London 3 Eastern Counties league
Wisbech Rugby Club's 1st XV make the short journey to local rivals Ely Tigers for a rearranged London 3 Eastern Counties league fixture.
They suffered a tough defeat on Saturday afternoon, going down 62-17 to a side placed third in the standings.
Wisbech, who came off a fantastic 67-10 win over Norwich Union the previous weekend, conceded seven tries - and the manner in which they lost came as a massive disappointment to the coaching team and players.
Despite scoring three tries, Wisbech were on the back foot for the majority of the game, with Ely showing their dominance throughout.
They overwhelmed the Men in Red, whose defence has been among the best in the league so far this season.
Ely registered the first points of the afternoon with two penalties in succession from the boot of Ryan Clark to take a 6-0 lead.
It took 25 minutes for the first try, Ely finishing off a well worked attack to score in the corner to increase their lead to 13-0.
Wisbech replied with a try of their own from Isaac Tunikula, who rounded off a period of Wisbech pressure with a darting run through the Ely defence. The conversion was good to bring the score to 13-7 in favour of the hosts.
However, a period of dominance from Ely followed. They were awarded another penalty which they converted to increase their strong lead to 16-7 as the teams left the field for half-time.
With only three minutes played after the break, Ely who would be the first side to score to stretch their lead to 21-7.
But the Men in Reds’ spirits were not dampened as Harry Holmes scored a wonderful try that capped off an excellent attacking move sparked by Gerhard Wessels. The conversion was missed, leaving the score at 12-21.
The next 30 minutes seen supremacy from the home side as they built a lead commanding lead.
Wisbech battled hard throughout the remaining minutes, but a catalogue of errors in attacking play and wrong decisions saw the Men in Red unable to break down the resolute Ely defence.
However, a try from Raimondas Vinksna gave the Men in Red a glimmer of hope as they went in search of a fourth try and possible bonus point.
But it was to no avail, with a scrappy ending to the match seeing the hosts make the most of the final 15 minutes. Scoring three converted tries, Ely held a 62-17 lead over Wisbech when the game came to an end.
Notable performances came from Solomon Prestidge, Bradley Williams, Gerhard Wessels and Isaac Tunikula, with young Harry Holmes - who showed bucket loads of grit in both attack and defence - was awarded the Wisbech Round Table man of the Match award.
Speaking after the game, Wisbech director of rugby Leonard Veenendaal said: “We don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water but its only our third defeat of the season and only our second away loss, but it does not detract how extremely disappointed we are in the way we capitulated which is unacceptable.
"It is important the squad reset mentally which begins at training as we prepare to travel to second in the league Newmarket.”
Next up, Wisbech travel to Newmarket, a big opportunity for the Men in Red to rediscover their winning form on their travels.