Wisbech pay the penalty

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Upminster 22pts,

Wisbech 5

A much improved performance this week, especially by the Wisbech forwards.

The final score did flatter the home side as the match statistics confirmed that Wisbech had around 65 per cent of play, but fell foul of a number of contentious refereeing decisions.

Wisbech were constantly blown up at the breakdown either for not rolling away in the tackle, preventing release and offside.

The penalty count disrupted Wisbech’s game plan, and when after 20 minutes Greg Brownlow was sin-binned for not rolling away, the home side scored a converted try. Shortly after Jack Malkin was also sent to the bin - adjudged to having spear tackled an Upminster player.

Wisbech prevented the home side from taking advantage of the extra numbers. On half time and with Wisbech back to full strength Upminster scored a try.

Within minutes of the restart Kerrie McMullen drove over the line to score from close in. Wisbech were now in control however the backs failed to use the ball effectively.

The forwards were unlucky not to be rewarded with further tries as on a number of occasions they drove over the home try line only for the referee to award five-metre scrums as he judged that ball was held up. As Wisbech tired Upminster scored two late tries both of which came from penalties.

“I was happy with the overall commitment of the squad,” said coach Leonard Veenendaal. “Credit must go to Jack Malkin who played his first game at fly half. The improvement in the pack is as a result of their commitment to training; unfortunately our backs do not train together and the lack of cohesion in the backs was our downfall today.”

It finds Wisbech in a relegation battle with eight games to go, however five are at home.

“I am confident that we will avoid the drop,” said manager Cliff Humphreys. “We do need all players to make themselves available and to train.”

Wisbech are at home to Old Cooperians on Saturday kick-off 2pm.