Wisbech’s survival fate is in their own hands

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Harlow 37pts,

Wisbech 15pts

Wisbech were forced to make nine changes to the squad who beat Cantabs the previous week for this vital away game.

“You cannot fault the commitment of the lads who travelled,” said Cliff Humphreys. “The squad rallied and controlled the rest of the game but gave themselves too much to do. Fortunately other results on Saturday went with us as Sudbury lost as well.

“A win on Saturday away to Beccles and we are safe. Lose and it will depend on the result of Sudbury’s game at Cantabs. We really do need to put out our strongest squad out to give ourselves the best chance.”

The game kicked off with the home side electing to use the elements, a strong wind and a slope to their advantage.

A combination of tactical kicking from Harlow’s experienced fly half and a physical performance by the home forwards saw a sluggish Wisbech concede five tries to go 37-0 down in the first 30 minutes.

By half-time Wisbech had reduced the arrears with a Mark Laws penalty.

At the restart Wisbech spent a long time in Harlow’s half but could break down their defence until centre Jon Turner went over. Shortly after Will Pettit scored under the posts, Laws adding the conversion.

l Wisbech U9’s were very unlucky not to qualify for the finals due to points difference at the Holt annual festival.

They beat West Bridgford 6-5, Ampthill 3-2 and Oadby Wyggestonians 5-4, but were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Holt. Tries: Aiden Cook, Josh Bell (2), George Kerr (2), Billy Nurse (6) and Ollie Murdoch (5).