Beccles 10 Wisbech 12
Wisbech completed a league double over Beccles on Saturday despite struggling with selection as a number of players made themselves unavailable for the trip to Suffolk.
It was not a pretty performance but head coach Leonard Veenendaal was fall of praise for the 18 players who travelled. They included a number of Wildcats called up at late notice.
Veenendaal said: “I was very conscious of our poor away performance at Thurston but today the young guns who were drafted in played with spirit and passion and were a credit to the shirt.”
On a warm early spring afternoon Wisbech quickly settled into the their game plan and controlled the ball at close quarters for long periods of time, but the home defence managed to quell any try scoring opportunity Wisbech created until winger Arturas Rudys was put through to score his first senior try for the club. Wisbech took the narrow 5-0 lead into half-time.
At the start of the second half Wisbech increased the tempo but a number of try scoring chances went begging until Rudys cut through the home defensive line and fed the ball to flanker Nathan Goodale who crashed over the try line. Mark Laws added the conversion to nudge Wisbech 12-0 ahead.
Up until that point Wisbech’s discipline had been exemplary but midway through the half they conceded 20 metres and a penalty for back chatting the referee which Beccles duly converted.
This score spurred the home team on and buoyed by a partisan crowd they pressed Wisbech onto the back foot.
Beccles scored a converted try with 10 minutes to go. Wisbech were forced to defend and were in control until in the last minute of the game when the referee awarded the home side a kickable penalty for handling in the scrum.
The kick went wide of the posts and Wisbech gained an excellent away victory. Full back Rory Willis was made man of the match, showing sterling work under the high ball and excellent counter attacking skills.
Wisbech play Woodbridge at home on March 4 in the next round of league matches and will be looking to avenge a humiliating defeat at Woodbridge earlier in the season.
On Saturday the Wildcats travel to Wendens Ambo in the Cambs Cup. All players are asked to attend training prior to these important games.