Wisbech coach says defeat due to training no-shows
Thetford 27 Wisbech 10
A very bad day at the office summed up Wisbech’s performance on Saturday as their title challenge was derailed by a classy performance by Thetford’s fly half, who intelligently controlled the game.
Wisbech’s cause was not helped when influential centre James Napier suffered a back spasm during the warm-up and was forced to drop out.
However head coach Leonard Veenendaal felt that the lack of commitment by the squad at training was the key reason for this poor performance: “We did not have a game the previous week therefore, in order to stay fresh, you need to put in high quality training sessions.
“Unfortunately a number of the squad players only turned up on the final training session before this game and the performance showed.
“We need to regroup, train together as a squad to make sure that we win our last four games.
“We are still in third spot and still have a game in hand on the leaders, but we are now 10 points behind Ely and seven behind Wymondham.”
Wisbech looked rusty on Saturday as the home team exploited the conditions and intelligent use of the ball to force Wisbech onto the back foot.
A Sam Anderson try cancelled out an early home penalty to give Wisbech a lead, but once the home side fly half’s boot found its range the visitors were in trouble as they failed to deal effectively with a number of overhead kicks. By half-time Thetford had built a healthy 22-5 lead.
Wisbech improved in the second half but failed to find their cutting edge, although another Anderson try from a driving maul reduced the arrears before Thetford scored their fourth try.
Wisbech do not have a fixture on Saturday, Veenendaal expects every squad member to turn up for a full training session as the following week Wisbech entertain Newmarket in the league. Newmarket 2nds called off their fixture against the Wildcats.