Mersea Island 3
Wisbech entertained Mersea – who had called off the previous weekend when drawn at Wisbech in the Junior Vase – and travelled with 16 players in the Eastern Counties 1.
Wisbech were not in the mood to give any sympathy.
“We often travel away with a reduced squad,” stated coach Leonard Veenendaal.
With Josh Seale, Ben Wicks and Jacob Goat making their first starts this season Wisbech needed to get something out of the game. Wisbech prop James Griffin left the field with a nasty eye injury which required hospital treatment.
Wisbech rattled in three tries in quick succession and by half-time had notched up a bonus point with their fourth try.
In the second half a Mersea player suffered a serious back injury. An ambulance was called and the game was transferred to another pitch in order to finish the match. Wisbech scored four more tries.
Skipper Solomon Prestidge, Ramimondas Vinksna, Kerrie Mcmullen, Kokars Agris, James Napier and Mat Esser all had solid performances but Sam Anderson was made man of the match. Later on in the game veteran Mat Desborough picked up an ankle injury and looks doubtful for next weekend.
Wisbech travel to Norwich Crusaders on Saturday and Veenendaal has targeted this fixture as a victory.
“Our injury list is growing every week and we are struggling in certain positions. I am insisting on player commitment and a full squad on Saturday,” he said.
North Walsham 28
Wisbech Wildcats 7
Wisbech travelled to top of the table Walsham with an inexperienced side.
However, the defence kept making tackle after tackle and a couple of penalties were missed. The half-time score was 0-0.
Walsham for 20 minutes dominated possession and scored three well-worked tries.
Wisbech showed their resolve and Nick Thompsett fed Will Boreham to go over, the extras added by Thompsett.
This Saturday unbeaten Beccles travel to Harecroft Road where all support will be needed.