Brave Wisbech exit county cup

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Saffron Walden 36, Wisbech 17

This looks to be a heavy defeat as Wisbech went down by five tries to three against London East 2 side Saffron Walden in the County Cup, but the game was more of a even contest.

Wisbech were forced to make changes to their squad with late call ups but in the early exchanges the sides looked to be evenly matched. However Saffron Walden held the edge at the breakdown securing their own ball and they also won turnover ball throughout the game. However again under the leadership of the impressive fly half Will Petitt the Wisbech back line looked impressive on the ball. Saffron Walden broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when they scored a converted try. Wisbech fought back and Petitt went over for a well deserved try.

A missed tackle just before the break saw the home team score another converted try to take a 14-5 half-time lead.

At the break Wisbech genuinely felt that they could win the game. James Napier once again showed a great turn of pace as he sped to the try line to score, but a penalty and a soft try once again extended the home team’s advantage.

Wisbech started to gain some control in the forwards but a sliced clearance kick found the Saffron Walden wing in space and he crossed the line under the post.

With 10 minutes to go Shaun Vickers scored but on full time Walden were gifted another try.

“Although this competition was not our priority this season it is always disappointing to lose any game,” said manager Cliff Humphreys.

“I have always said that this game would give us a pointer as Saffron Walden play currently two leagues above us.

“I must thank all the players who were drafted into the squad at short notice especially Josh Anderson who did not get on.”

Next weekend Wisbech entertain Harwich and Dovecourt in the league. The visitors are currently lying third behind Wisbech.