Wisbech lost this season’s unbeaten home record against promotion contenders Norwich on Saturday and are now firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.
Once again Wisbech were forced to make a number of changes with regulars scrum half Andy Claydon, back row Tom Martel and centre Steve Priest not available; back into the squad came Jon Turner.
The home team took control of the early exchanges and the Norwich defence was up to the task as Wisbech failed to convert this early pressure into points.
Midway through the half Will Pettit, who had an excellent game, sliced through the defence to score the opening try. As the half drew to a close Norwich started to open up their game Wisbech were forced to defend and on half time Norwich broke through the defensive lines to score a converted try.
During the break skipper David Wadsley called for his team to raise their game and for periods they took the game to Norwich however over eagerness and lack of patience allowed Norwich’s forwards to control the pace of the game.
Norwich forced Wisbech into making errors and they scored a try midway through the half to edge ahead. Two converted penalties late on sealed the home team’s fate.
“I am so disappointed for the lads,” said manager Cliff Humphreys. “To a man they tried their best and certainly on another day their efforts would have been rewarded. However I am confident that we can rebuilt in the new year and move back up the league.”
Weather permitting, Wisbech travel to rivals Cantabs on Saturday. The long term weather forecast speaks of heavy frost on Friday night.
Wisbech U10s 5
Wisbech Under 10s travelled to Leicester Tigers on Sunday to take part in the Prima Cup super-16s against the very best teams from across Midlands and East Anglia.
The boys in the first round fell to a very strong Wymondham side who secured a place in the finals. Wymondham scored first but Wisbech soon bounced back with scrum half Ewan Samways scoring after a sustained period of pressure, however Wymondham made the half-time score 10-5.
Wisbech will return to Welford Road in the new year to contest the Prima Bowl .