Try spree helps put Wisbech in pole position

Wisbech v Harwich & Dovercourt rugby action
Wisbech v Harwich & Dovercourt rugby action
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Wisbech 79pts, Crusaders 10pts

Wisbech sit proudly on top of Eastern Counties League 1 two points clear of nearest rivals Cantabs courtesy of a 13-try feast against Crusaders at home on Saturday.

The home side gave regular second team player Richard Cavill a start in the second row and called up David Wadsley to the bench for his first game for a number of years.

Also back in a Wisbech shirt was Ben Hoyles as he has resigned for the club after a short spell at Spalding.

Once again Wisbech scored a try in the opening five minutes when skipper Shane Vickers out paced the visitors’ defence.

But yet again the home pack struggled in the set scrums as the young guns from Crusaders exposed the Wisbech weakness, however the forwards did well in the loose play and once again the backs looked sharp on the ball.

Greg Brownlow scored Wisbech’s second try on 15 minutes but soon after Crusaders caught the home defence napping to score a converted try of their own.

A break by centre Phil Martell increased the Wisbech lead but a long penalty conversion by Crusaders kept them in the game.

James Napier added the fourth try on 35 minutes to give Wisbech a valuable bonus point and with Mark Laws adding the conversion Wisbech led 22-10 at half-time.

Wisbech brought on Hoyles for Vickers, who picked up a knock, and replaced Robert Woolard with Andy Heighton in the front row and virtually from the restart Hoyles was fed the ball and crashed over under the posts for a converted try.

This was the start of the second half try-bonanza as virtually every time the home backs got the ball they seemed to score.

Will Pettit, who was once again very impressive at fly half, scored next, followed by Tom Martell, Hoyles, Phil Martell and Napier, most of whom added their second tries of the day before inside centre Jon Turner continued his try scoring form.

Scrum half and birthday boy Andy Claydon added the 12th try before Laws rounded off the day with the final try and added the conversion.