GALLERY: Wisbech score late try to pick up thrilling win over Wymondham
PUBLISHED: 13:48 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2014
A dramatic last gasp try saw 14-man Wisbech pick up a crucial come back 28-21 win over Wymondham in a relegation tussle at Harecroft Road on Saturday.
With the scores level at 21-21, Wisbech were awarded a penalty on the touchline of the visitors’ 22.
Jon Turner hooked his attempt in field but full back Joe Barfoot reacted quickest to gather the ball and crash over under the posts.
The win sees Wisbech, who occupy the third and final relegation spot in London NE Division Three, draw level on points with Old Brentwoods, but they have played a game more and have a worse points difference.
Wisbech took an early lead with a try from Turner, who powered over, but Wymondham responded with a converted try and Wisbech’s Greg Brownlow was sent off for an alleged head butt.
Jack Malkin then struck a penalty but by the visitors scored another converted try to take a 14-8 lead at half-time.
At the beginning of the second half, Wymondam extended their lead with a converted try under the posts.
Trailing by 13 points and one man down, Wisbech looked doomed but they produced a memorable fight back.
Skipper Ali Comben scored a try out wide and man on the match Turner added his second try before Malkin’s penalty levelled the scores ahead of Barfoot’s decisive intervention.
Veenendaal said: “The win was nothing special, nothing spectacular but it doesn’t matter how we did it or how we got it - we got it.
“Any team can beat any other team on a given day. Before you wipe your eyes out you could find yourself (low) down on the log, so you take any win in this league.
“Our ability to bounce back after trailing for most of the game with only 14 players for the entire second half showed spirit and then come away with a win is a big positive.”
Wisbech will welcome back key centre James Napier when they travel to basement side Canvey Island, who have lost all 17 games this season, on Saturday.
Coach Leonard Veenendaal said: “We are playing a team that has not won all season but we can’t take anything for granted. We have to go there and perform well.
“We must win all the remaining fixtures to stay up.”
There was disappointment for Wisbech II, who surged into an early 14 point lead but lost 41-24 to UEA Norwich.