Hosts’ depth of squad proved decisive but Bears started the strongest
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Wisbech Wildcats welcomed March Bears to Harecroft Road for the first leg of the resurrected Jack Arch Cup, and it was the hosts’ depth of squad that proved to be decisive.
It was the Bears who started the game the strongest, scoring a well worked try after some powerful running.
However, Wisbech quickly responsed through Will Lankfer who powered through to run under the posts.
In the first half both teams traded points for a close first half that Wisbech were just edging.
It was the youngsters from Wisbech, who after cutting their teeth in some challenging matches this season, started to show their development.
Seventeen year-olds Zac Lakey and Rhys Dyer combined well to make incisive breaks.
The difference between the two sides came down to the Wildcats’ strength of their replacements bench in second half.
The physical nature of the game led to injuries on both sides but a depleted March were unable to bring substitutes on.
Wisbech began to pile the pressure on, scoring a number of tries through Sam Anderson, Joe England, Nattachit Hunt, Raimondas Vinksna, Jamie Parsons, Zac Lakey and the Wisbech Round Table Man of the Match, 17 year-old Rhys Dyer.
Next up, Wisbech 1st XV host Shelford Nomads at Harecroft Road in the semi-final of the Cambridgeshire County Cup on Saturday (March 16), kick-off 2.30pm.
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