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Boston 2nd XV 5 Wisbech Wildcats 50

Wildcats were meant to travel to Essex side Wendens Ambo in the Eastern Counties 2 West league but the hosts were unable to field a team and instead Wisbech made the shorter journey to play a friendly against a Boston 2nd XV.

It took five minutes for the first score, when the Wildcats centre Henrikus Stankus rounded off a strong attacking move for the visitors.

Wildcats:Back L-R: Sam Anderson, Marius Steponkus, Skippy Parsons, Rory Wilis, Josh Anderson, Mark Goude (c), Sean Hawthorn, Solomon Prestidge, Henrikus Stankus.Front L-R: Ben Goude, Owen Ketteringham, Tom Goude, Jack Malkin, James Cox, Ari Baghdouyan, Raimondas Vinksna (23829634)
Wildcats:Back L-R: Sam Anderson, Marius Steponkus, Skippy Parsons, Rory Wilis, Josh Anderson, Mark Goude (c), Sean Hawthorn, Solomon Prestidge, Henrikus Stankus.Front L-R: Ben Goude, Owen Ketteringham, Tom Goude, Jack Malkin, James Cox, Ari Baghdouyan, Raimondas Vinksna (23829634)

Wisbech’s pack asserted themselves early on and it their power rattled Boston throughout. Jack Malkin converted to give the visiting side a 7-0 lead.

However, Boston hit back with a superb try of their own; the conversion was missed, 5-7.

Wisbech responded positively with three quick tries in the following 20 minutes to lead 26-5 with wingers Owen Ketteringham and Ben Goude scoring either side of a try by veteran prop Raimondas Vinksna.

Two lost scrums frustrated the visitors but a solid scramble defence kept the hosts at bay. Boston had three penalties in succession to move up field but were unable to find a way through; while Vinksna scored his second try to make it 33-5 at half-time.

Wisbech were clinical again in the second half and crossed for two quick tries through Vinksna to seal his hat-trick and Stankus for his double to make it 45-7.

Boston then produced a chance to finish with a flourish following a fine break up field.

However, the ball was spilled and Wisbech quickly fed the turnover ball wide through the hands, fullback Rory Willis beating two defenders as he crossed to make the final score 50-5 to the 'Men in Red'.

James Cox (23829629)
James Cox (23829629)

Ari Baghdouyan was solid in defence, Skippy Parsons turned in a fine performance in the unfamiliar position of scrum-half but blind side flanker James Cox (above) worked tirelessly in defence and at every breakdown was named Wisbech Round Table man of the match.

Wildcats captain Mark Goude commented: “I’m pleased that we demonstrated an attacking mindset throughout the game and it's fantastic to see young colts players starting to come into their own playing alongside and learning from the experienced older players."

Next Saturday (Dec 14) Wisbech 1st XV will be in London 3 Eastern Counties league action when they make the short journey to undefeated West Norfolk for what is always a titanic local derby.



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