Old Priorians 55pts,
Wisbech crashed out of the Senior Vase Round 3 on Saturday at Ealing in North London to play Old Priorians who are top of London North West 3 and unbeaten.
“It looks to be an humiliating defeat but I have no complaints with the commitment of the 17 players who travelled down to play all of whom gave it their best shot,” said manager Cliff Humphreys. “We simply came up against a well organised young fit team - a band of brothers who had been together as a side since their school days.”
Wisbech were under the cosh from the kick off as the home team ran and recycled the ball at pace. Wisbech found it difficult to regroup under this pressure and were 24 points down in the first 20 minutes having conceded four tries.
By the break the home team were very comfortable at 36-0.
The second half started badly for Wisbech as the home side added two further tries but as the half continued Wisbech forwards started to control the set pieces and by keeping the ball tight in the forwards they managed to push Old Priorian back into their 22. Scrum half Andy Claydon gave Wisbech a consolation try. An intercepted home try on full time sealed Wisbech’s fate.
Once again Wisbech had availability issues as one or two players called off late in the week.
As the result of the previous week’s calamity when after calling off our home game on Friday evening against Beccles due to the condition of our pitches - and the rules clearly state that the fixture should be reversed should the pitches at the away ground be playable.
Regarding the previous week’s home game which was called off on Friday evening against Beccles, Humphreys said: “We have appealed the decision to deduct us five points on grounds that other games within London and South East area were postponed due to the adverse weather conditions and the fixtures were not reversed.
“There seems to be a lack of consistency but two wrongs do not make a right and I feel that our appeal will fail as we were in breach of the rules.”
Wisbech were deducted five points as a penalty which puts them in a relegation dog fight.
“The final two league games of the year – the first against Norwich at home this weekend - are crucial to our survival in this league,” Humphreys reflected. “I call upon all Wisbech players to rally behind club skipper Dave Wadsley and make themselves available.”
CONSOLATION TRY: Andy Claydon