Manager Humphreys: ‘Senior Vase run could help raise profile of Wisbech Rugby Club’

08:00 09 November 2012

Action from the Wisbech Rugby Club vs Canvey Island Match, Picture Steve Williams

Action from the Wisbech Rugby Club vs Canvey Island Match, Picture Steve Williams

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MANAGER Cliff Humphreys believes a good cup run is crucial for Wisbech as they prepare for tomorrow’s Senior Vase showdown with Sudbury.

Humphreys’ troops host their London North-East Division Three rivals at Harecroft Road in the second round tie, which kicks off at 2pm.

“A good cup run is extremely important to raise the profile of the club,” said Humphreys.

“It will help us improve since we will get to challenge ourselves against sides outside of the Eastern Counties and if we go all the way we get to play at Twickenham.”

The Wisbech boss believes a long stint in this year’s competition could help attract new players to help with the club’s promotion bid.

He said: “With our squad, if we starting picking up wins on the road and maintain our good home form I think we will not be far from the top spot come the end of the season.

“That being said, we are a welcoming club who make new players feel part of the furniture so we are always looking for new recruits to strengthen the side.”

Wisbech claimed a hard-fought 25-19 league win over Canvey Island on Saturday.

A try from Shane Vickers and two penalties from Mark Laws gave them an 11-0 half time lead but the visitors hit back in the second-half.

Tries from James Napier and Will Pettit put victory beyond doubt but Canvey Island snatched a losing bonus point with a late try.

Humphreys said: “We played some scintillating rugby but old habits die hard. Our penalty tally for technical infringements did cost us possession and at times it put us on the back foot.”

Humphreys remains confident that his side can raise their game tomorrow.

He said: “If we play our fast and explosive brand of rugby, concentrate for the full 80 minutes and stop giving away penalties at the breakdown I think we could storm the game.”

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