Wisbech Rugby Club were spirited in defeat to Ely in London 3 Eastern Counties action
Wisbech Rugby Club put in a spirited display but were soundly defeated 54-15 by Ely at Harecroft Road.
The home side fielded a London 3 Eastern Counties matchday 18 that contained nine players under the age of 22, but they opened the scoring after 12 minutes when a big tackle from Gerhard Wessels created an opportunity for full back Harry Holmes to score doon the right flank.
Ely soon hit back, however, and went 7-5 up after two strong attacks in quick succession.
Wisbech responded immediately, with strong carries from Bob Lankfer and Luke Hare putting their team on the front foot, with Ramos Vinksna showing excellent strength to score and make it 10-14.
A period of sustained pressure from Ely resulted in a penalty and a yellow card for a Wisbech player. Ely fly half Jake Allsop kicked a penalty to add three more points before they made the most of their extra man when winger Charlie Coupland scored on the left hand corner - with the try converted.
Their hooker then added an unconverted try to make it 10-29 at the break.
Ely bagged another penalty early in the second period, but Wisbech responded valiantly and scored their third try of the afternoon through Holmes.
Wisbech forced Ely into giving away a number of penalties as they fought to reduce the deficit, but they couldn't find any more breakthroughs of their own.
Their lack of clinical finishing was punished with a second yellow card and Ely scored in the corner to extend his side's lead to 47-15.
Wisbech continued to play positively and defend stoutly, but as the game reached 80 minutes an interception and kick ahead by Ely centre Matt McCarthy produced a score near the posts for a straightforward, with the conversion making the final score 15-54.
Ely's performance highlighted their credentials as promotion-chasers, while Wisbech can take heart from their senior players' commitment and their youngsters' potential.
The Round Table Man of the Match was Jamie 'Skippy' Parsons for his relentless energy in defence and with the ball in hand.
Both sides thanked Cambridge University Rugby Referee's Society for providing a team of three officials who contributed to a fast paced and entertaining match.