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Story by: ROB SETCHELL, Reporter
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
JUBILANT captain Tom Long revelled in a “mission accomplished” after leading Wisbech Rugby Club to promotion on Saturday.
The centre, who was playing in his final game as skipper, scored a try as Wisbech crushed Essex Division One runners-up Maldon 38-12 in the play-off.
He said: “Everyone was just jubilant after the game. It was mission accomplished - and it was accomplished very well and quite comfortably.
“It was a fitting end to a very good three years as captain. I have been proud and honoured to captain such a talented group of players.”
Mark Laws, Graham Saunders, Joe Barfoot and Long scored the tries which secured Wisbech’s place in London North-East Division Three next season.
Laws was also in fine kicking form, slotting three conversions and four penalties in the dominant win at Harecroft Road.
Long said: “That’s right up there with the best games I have played in. It was one of those where everything seemed to click and go according to plan. We were 100 per cent in control of the match.
“We wanted to prove a point and make the statement that we deserve to be in the league above. I think we did that.”
Long and vice-captain Shane Vickers will step down from their roles next season, with flanker David Wadsley set to take the reins.
Long said: “He (Wadsley) knows the club inside out, he has a lot of respect amongst the players and he will be a very strong leader.
“If we kick on, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming for the top of the table again next year.”