Scratch Wisbech rugby side exit Vase
National Vase first round
Pegasus 29 Wisbech 7
With a substantial number of players not available, Wisbech came close to not being able to field a side and for the first time in their history nearly did not honour the fixture.
As a result Wisbech had to cancel their 2nd team fixtures and still struggled to field a team.
Only by Saturday at 10am did they have enough players to travel to Essex.
Some players at very late notice took leave from work.
Travelling with only 17 players, which included only two substitutes, the lads that made the journey did themselves proud.
Wisbech started strongly and had a line-out 10 metres from the hosts’ try line.
Sam Anderson managed to disrupt the opposition ball, veteran and skipper on the day Pete Lankfer scooped up the loose ball and with a nice dummy pass beat the last defender to score, Mark Laws converting the try.
But the lack of game time together started to show, which the hosts exploited.
Coach Leonard Veenendaal said: “Every Wisbech player played their hearts out.
“Our cause was not helped when our centre, young Will Borham, sustained an ankle injury and, with our only two substitutes both being forwards, having to replace him in the midfield.
“Every player did their bit but Jamie Parsons on his debut in the lock position and only his second first team appearance, along with Ben Chapman, Peter Lankfer, Josh Anderson, and Albert Smith, deserve a mention.”
Man-of-the-match: Sam Anderson for his tireless work in defence and unselfish play with ball.
Veenendaal added: “My primary focus and ambition is to continue to develop the younger players and rebuilding the squad.
“Selection will not automatically be the best players but based on my ethos of commitment, pride and passion, something we as a club are low on and I for one, with the committee, are determined to put back in the club.
“Where we end up in the league is now down to the players and how much they embrace the ethos.”
Wisbech entertain Swaffham in the EC1 league opener on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.