Confident of staying up

Wisbech 36pts, Mersea 5pts

WISBECH did everything they could to stave off the threat of relegation on Saturday. Not only did they secure four points for the win but got the all important try scoring bonus.

This win sees them maintain third place from the bottom of the league. With games against lower-placed sides coming up the camp is confident of staying in London North East Division Three next year.

On a cold damp day, the scoring got off to a brisk start as Chris Newns, revelling in the centres, went over for the first try, Mark Laws adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

The visitors gave away two kickable penalties that allowed Laws to chalk up a 13-0 advantage and then added a try of his own to take the score to 18-0.

Just before half-time an incident saw Matt Desborough sin-binned, but Wisbech had another penalty awarded that Laws took his time over to increase the lead.

The opposition made the most of their player advantage and the islanders made their only score with an unconverted try just before half-time, making the score 21-5.

After the turn around, Wisbech continued to play more cohesive rugby and one such move saw Ben Chapman make a strong break assisting Sam Anderson to scored a splendid try for a 26-5 lead.

This was quickly followed by another try as the home side took the game to the opposition, a smart break by returning skipper Tom Long put Mersea’s defence under pressure and the ensuing clearance kick was charged down by Tom Martell who won the foot race to touch down increasing the lead to 31-5.

With the bonus points secured, Long was again instrumental in a move that led to Phil Martell touching down for the last try of the game and 36-5 winning score line.

There were good performances from Matt Desborough in the back row, Jack Malkin at scrum half and Will Pettit at fly half.

Tom Long was quick to praise his troops and the coaching methods introduced by new coach Ben McCall as Wisbech can look forward to next week’s important home fixture against Wymondham and will be looking to repeat their efforts to secure all the available points.

Jim Mitchell’s seconds travelled to North Walsham and suffered a 66-12 defeat, but again spirits were good and all that played will learn from the experience.