Brave Wisbech bow out of Vase
Wisbech 7, Ironsides 20
Wisbech bowed out of the RFU Junior Vase on Saturday with a sterling team performance marred by a serious injury to fly half Jack Malkin which changed the course of the match.
Prior to the match Wisbech had lost Nathan Goodale (illness) and skipper Solomon Prestidge (injury), so coach Leonard Veenendaal was forced to reshuffle the team.
Cheered on by a crowd of 150, Wisbech dominated the game and possession. Wisbech missed two consecutive penalty kicks but were eventually rewarded with a well worked try when De La Rey Veenendaal gathered the ball on the home 10 metre line and darted his way to the line to score. Mark Laws added the conversation to put the home side 7-0 ahead.
Wisbech maintained their grip on the game until the unfortunate injury (see back page). Wisbech were forced to reshuffle once more and as a result their back line lost their attacking edge.
However Ironsides replied with an interception try to level the score and shortly afterwards with a penalty to go into half-time leading 10-7.
Wisbech on a couple of occasions came close to scoring but Ironsides managed a well worked converted try from their left winger to stretch their lead to 17-7. As the home side started to tire Ironsides applied pressure forcing Wisbech to defend stoutly their 22m line.
It was credit to Wisbech when the visitors were award a penalty late on and opted to go for the posts.
Wisbech are at home to Swaffham on Saturday in the league. Kick off 2.30.
Starting line-up: 15 Mark Laws, 14 Shane Vickers, 13 James Napier, 12 De la Rey Veenendaal (c), 11 Matthew Esser, 10 Jack Malkin, 9 Sam Anderson, 8 Greg Brownlow, 7 Ben Wicks, 6 Jacob Goat, 5 Ben Chapman, 4 Agris Kokars, 3 Pete Lankfer, 2 Kerrie McMullen, 1 Raimondas Vinksna. Replacements: 16 Josh Anderson, 17 Ollie Lake, 18 Richard Cavill, 19 Lewis Haddon.