Wisbech almost topple leaders

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Campion 15pts, Wisbech 6

Only two matches in London 3 North East were played on Saturday and Wisbech matched the top of the league side on a mud bath.

Wisbech had a few key players missing due to work commitments, and only one sub on the bench.

After sustained pressure Campion infringed at the breakdown and Mark Laws kicked the penalty. Against the run of play Campion fly-hacked the ball through and won the foot race to score which they converted to go 7-3 ahead.

After Wisbech had repelled Campion attacks the hosts opted for a penalty to go 10–3 into the lead but with a strong cross wind and 50m on the angle Laws landed a second penalty.

Two minutes before half-time Laws, who had just returned to playing from a broken ankle, left the field with a sprain to the other ankle. This resulted in a reshuffling the backs with a openside flanker Jack Smith moving to inside centre.

The second half, playing into the wind and with the pitch deteriorating, Wisbech had it all to do. Wisbech enjoyed the majority of possession and territory but Campion managed the only score with another unconverted try, again from Wisbech failing to deal with the cross kicks.

The pack fronted up with notable performances from skipper Ali Comben, Kerrie McMullen, Jack Smith and Greg Brownlow and man of the match Nathan Goodale. Thanks to Campion for their hospitality and their physio for assisting with injuries.

Wisbech 2nd 17, Broadlands 8

In a Norfolk Merit Table clash, Wisbech kicked off with the strong wind at their backs.

Nathaniel Humphreys. who managed to return home from work just before kick off. scored in the corner after five minutes. A penalty to the visitors reduced the deficit.

Wisbech rallied and Humphreys added his second try after good work in the centre by Ryan Tate. Harry Newman added the points. Broadland scored a try however scrum half David Brodie went over before half-time.

Dan Roberts at fly half had a great game and Wisbech prevented the visitors from adding any scores with the wind advantage. Veteran Paul Napier came on for a first game for many years.

The first team entertain Old Brentwoods on Saturday, kick off 2pm, in a must-win game. Brentwoods are four points behind in the relegation battle and have two games in hand. Wisbech are hopeful of a large partisan home crowd.