Wisbech Town shock high-fliers Cooperians

Wisbech Town Rugby Club (red) v Old Cooperians at Harecroft Road,  Wisbech.
Wisbech Town Rugby Club (red) v Old Cooperians at Harecroft Road, Wisbech.

Wisbech 13pts,

Old Cooperians 7

Promotion chasers Old Cooperians perhaps thought that after Wisbech’s recent run of poor results that the points were in the bag.

However under the stewardship of coach Leonard Veenendaal, Wisbech in recent weeks have built up an inner strength.

On Saturday cheered on by a home crowd Wisbech took the game straight to the visitors.

Cooperians’ defence held until 20 minutes when after the ball was charged down by Shane Vickers and Greg Brownlow touched down. Fortunately the referee did not spot that Greg was in a offside position.

On the half hour mark Cooperians got a converted try under the posts (5-7), the first time Cooperians had entered the home 22 metre.

In the second half excellent defending prevented the visitors from scoring any further points. Wisbech took control of the game when after Jack Malkin turned over ball in the home 22 metre and from the drive up field Wisbech were awarded a penalty which Andy Claydon slotted away for a slender lead. Kerrie McMullen scored a late try from close out.

“To a man Wisbech played their hearts out,” said Veenendaal.

“However it was great to see Jon Turner back in the centre he gives our back a lot of physical presence. Steve Priest as fly half played well as did the forwards.”

Greg Brownlow was man of the match while Ali Comben was given the captaincy for the match and led the team well.

The first team have a week off next weekend but the seconds are at home. Wisbech will give game time to one or two squad players as the first team next travel to London SSE 3 leaders Campion.