Title quest faces tough challenge in showdown

Wisbech Rugby Club first team face their biggest challenge of the season on Saturday when they take on Cantabrigians away.

Shane Vickers’ team lead the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 table after their facile win last weekend but will need to beat second-placed Cantabrigians to retain that position.

Vickers admitted: “It is our biggest test so far this season and the players are really focused on it. It will be a real test of character against a team who have not lost at home for two seasons.

“It already looks a two-horse race for the title and so the two games against Cantabrigians could well decide the title.

“They are coached by former Wisbech coach Steve Drawbridge but we may have a few surprises for him as he obviously knows a number of Wisbech players.

“Ben Hoyles is not available but we have players back now from injury and will field possibly our strongest team.

“Forwards Tom Martell, Greg Brownlow and Nathan Humphreys were in very good form on Saturday and Andy Claydon, Will Pettit and Phil Martell had good games in the backs so we will go there with confidence.”

Vickers is also very confident that his side can make the Junior Vase final at Wembley and they will face Essex League leaders Billericay at home in the next round on January 21.

The skipper said: “They have won all eight league games this season but we played them two seasons ago and I am confident we can go all the way in the competition to Wembley. Tom Long will be back after Christmas so that will be another bonus for us.”