Wisbech won away despite having two tries disallowed and losing prop Andy Heighton with a straight red card within the first five minutes for throwing a punch at the opposition hooker.
Down to 14 men, Wisbech regrouped to put in a sterling performance and consider themselves unlucky not to have earned a bonus point as they crossed the try line on at least two occasions only for the referee to disallow the scores.
Wisbech did score when inside centre Jon Turner burst through the home defence to score a well worked try, Shane Vickers added the conversion. Shortly after Luke Feaviour scored his first try of the season and, with the extra points coming from Vickers, Wisbech were comfortable at the break at 14-0.
Struggling Crusaders made the advantage of the extra man tell at the start of the second half and scored a converted try, but Wisbech fought back when Ben Chapman, who has been very impressive all season, scored Wisbech’s third converted try.
Richard Cavill moved to prop when Heighton was sent off and was voted man of the match for an excellent performance. The home side scored their second try in the final quarter, but Wisbech held on.
Wisbech host league leaders Cantabs in their final league match of the season at Chapel Road on Saturday (3pm). Cantabs are still top of the league on a superior points difference but have two games in hand.
“It would nice to beat them,” said manager Cliff Humphreys. “It was a really close encounter at their place with Cantabs running out narrow winners at 15-9.
“We are secure in second place and will need to beat the runners-up of Essex 1 to secure promotion.”