Newman double in Wisbech bonus point win
Eastern Counties League 1
Newmarket 21 Wisbech 32
Wisbech kicked off into a very strong wind, scoring two unconverted tries when prop forward Kerrie McMullen drove over from close range and then winger Harry Newman gathered the ball from his own kick ahead.
Newmarket, who are currently bottom of league, by half-time had taken a 14-10 lead with two converted tries.
Shortly after the restart Wisbech, with wind advantage, were caught cold as Newmarket scored a converted try.
Shortly after, and with a powerful drive up-field, Newman was on hand to score his second try. A serious injury to a Newmarket player halted the game for around 10 minutes and so as to allow the game to continue both captains agreed to transfer the game to another pitch.
It was not long until Wisbech took control and scored further tries from Sam Anderson, James Napier and Mathew Esser. Jack Malkin added a conversion. Skipper Solomon Prestidge was pleased with the result: “Although we made heavy weather of it, we did score six tries and secured a bonus point on the road.”
Steve Preist was voted man of the match at fly half for the way he controlled the game in the difficult conditions. Anderson continues to impress.
Wisbech are home to Norwich Crusaders on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.
“This will be the first team’s last home fixture of the year, it would be a bonus if our supporters came down to cheer us on,” said Prestidge.
Wisbech Wildcats 17
Wildcats found their opposition on Saturday too strong. Joe England and James Patrick (2) scored the tries and Nick Thompsett added two conversions.