GALLERY: Wisbech boss Humphreys says side needs to win five from five to survive drop after Old Brentwoods loss

16:46 17 February 2014

Wisbech Rugby v  Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rugby v Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Wisbech boss Cliff Humphreys says his side need to win all five of their remaining games if they are to survive the drop.

Wisbech Rugby v  Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Rugby v Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.

The side dropped into the relegation zone after Saturday’s disappointing 34-7 loss to Old Brentwoods, who started the game behind them in the table.

Wisbech, who occupy the final relegation spot, now find themselves a point behind Old Brentwoods in London North East Division Three, having played two games more.

Their remaining fixtures are home matches with Wymondam, Harlow and Beccles and away games at Canvey Island and Sudbury.

Cliff Humphreys said: “If were are to avoid the drop we need to win all remaining five games including Sudbury away and hope that the teams above us slip up. It going to a nail biting finish to the season.”

Wisbech Rugby v  Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Rugby v Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.

The game between the two sides earlier this season was controversially stopped when Wisbech were 24-22 down after 60 minutes, but this was a far more one sided affair.

Brentwoods dominated the early exchanges and were rewarded after 10 minutes when their winger went over in the corner.

Wisbech did settle but found it difficult at times to deal with the physicality of Brentwood’s pack.

Brentwood scored a second converted try through their inside centre, but Wisbech responded with a try from Shane Vickers following a counter attack.

Jack Malkin kicked the conversion from out wide to reduce the hosts deficit to five points at half time.

But, early in the second half, Salomon Prestidge was sent off for persistent aggressive play.

Shortly after Tom Martell was sin binned, leaving Wisbech to battle with 13 men for 10 minutes.

Brentwoods capitalised on their numerical advantage and scored three more tries, picking up a valuable bonus point.

Humphreys said: “If only we had started the game with the passion and spirit shown when we were down to 13 players we may have got something out of the match.”

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