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Wisbech 1st XV seal first London 3 Eastern Counties League win of the campaign against Beccles at Harecroft Road


By Pete Woodhouse


Wisbech 1st XV secured their first London 3 Eastern Counties League win of the campaign as they showed a complete performance to achieve a 54-19 bonus point victory against Beccles on Saturday at Harecroft Road.

With both sides heading into the game without a win in this year’s Greene King league, the match was poised to be a highly competitive affair but the ‘Men in Red’ broke the deadlock after 10 minutes.

The Wisbech backs’ quick press defence put Beccles under pressure and allowed inside centre Frazer Brown to gather a loose pass from a Beccles player and run in a 50 metre pass to touch down under the posts. Claydon converted to give the hosts a 7-0 lead in the early stages.

1st XV hat trick scorer Dan Di Meo. (18761956)
1st XV hat trick scorer Dan Di Meo. (18761956)

This would foreshadow a period of scintillating attacking play from Wisbech, who minutes later scored one of the finest tries Harecroft Road has witnessed in years, Freddie Napier making a dominating tackle five metres in the Beccles half.

From the ensuing ruck, the Wisbech back row turned over the ball, scrum-half Zac Lakey with quick ball unleashed the tight five players who demonstrated quick hands and ball skills that would make the best of backs applaud in admiration.

Loose head prop Luke Green, with quick hands offloaded to tight head Will Lankfer passing to his hooker Nattachit Hunt who found a rampant second row Henry Lankfer on his outside who in turn put centre Frazer Brown into the gap, Brown drawing the defence and releasing left wing Dan Di Meo who had too much pace for the cover defence and scoring under the post for a fantastic team try. Claydon added the extras to give Wisbech a 14-0 lead.

The visitors were looking for a response as they heaped on the pressure on Wisbech forcing the home team to defend multiple phases in their own 22. But their pressure eventually paid off for Beccles when their centre stretched out to score under the post for a converted try bringing them within seven points.

Beccles had found their form and continued to build the pressure on the home side. Lack of concentration and poor defence from Wisbech allowed the visitors back in the game as they scored another converted try to level the scores at 14-all.

An intense period followed, with both sides battling tirelessly to make ground. Wisbech managed to get the ball and work their way deep into the Beccles half. A powerful run by Jake Jackson setup a ruck five metres from the Beccles try line. The ensuing quick ball found Solomon Prestidge who with a long cut out pass found left wing Dan Di Meo to put it down in the corner to take a 19-14 lead into the break.

Wisbech were clinical again in the second half. A sustained piece of attacking play started with a powerful run by Henrikas Stankus got Wisbech on the front foot back deep into the Beccles half, several phases with strong caries from Napier, Henry Lankfer, Jake Jackson and Luke Green before ‘Rambo’ Vinksna forced his way over the line to extend Wisbech’s lead and secured the four-try bonus point. Claydon added the extras once again to make it 26-14.

A stunning individual try from Dan Di Meo brought up the final points for Wisbech. The left wing burst through and ran 60 metres, beating three defenders before eventually going in under the posts for a converted score to seal his hat-trick.

With the score at 54-14 with five minutes to go, it was clear the game was beyond Beccles but they battled to the end to score a try in the 79th minute.

The conversion was missed, full time score 54-19 to the hosts Wisbech.

Wisbech Round Table Man of the Match went to Solomon Prestidge for the second consecutive week in a row.

Wisbech 1st XV will have a week off before they next travel to Thurston. Wisbech Wildcats will be in action on Saturday when they face Cantabs 3rds at Harecroft Road, KO 3pm.

Wisbech scorers- Tries: Di Meo (3); Brown (2); Anderson; Claydon; Vinksna. Conversions: Claydon (x7).



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