Crusaders 13 Wisbech 18
Wisbech completed a double over old rivals Norwich Crusaders, but the final score did not reflect the dominance they held.
A number of try scoring opportunities were thwarted when the final pass went astray.
“We will take any win,” said manager Cliff Humphreys, “but a winning bonus point would have helped to keep the pressure on the top two sides in the league.
“We play Wymondham, who are currently in second spot, at Chapel Road on April 16, kick off at 3pm. This will be our last home league fixture of the season.
“Both sides have played some excellent rugby over the season and we will be looking to avenge the single point defeat away to Wymondham earlier in the season. The squad would really appreciate being cheered on by our partisan supporters.”
Sam Anderson continued his rich try scoring form when he completed an excellent forwards move to give Wisbech an early advantage. Crusaders converted a long range penalty to reduce the arrears but a Malkin penalty edged Wisbech 8-3 ahead at half-time.
Shortly after the restart Wisbech conceded a penalty which the home side converted. Crusaders went ahead when they scored a controversial try – the referee missed a Crusaders knock-on.
A rallying call from skipper Solly Prestidge saw Wisbech respond in style – a powerful surge up-field with backs and forwards combining saw centre James Napier score a try. Malkin added the extras. With minutes remaining Malkin converted a penalty to complete the victory.
Once again veteran James Griffin was awarded the 24/7 sponsored man of the match.
Wisbech gave 19 year-old sub Rory Willis his first senior outing on the wing.
Wisbech will be without a game next Saturday. Head coach Leonard Veenendaal has called for all players to attend the scheduled training nights to prepare for Wymondham.