Away-day blues continue for Wisbech Rugby Club with disappointing tie at Old Brentwoods
CAPTAIN Dave Wadsley said his Wisbech players had let themselves down after they dropped points with a 12-12 tie at Old Brentwoods.
Once again Wisbech struggled to field a side for an away trip, with just 15 players travelling to South Essex.
The depleted visitors started slowly and Brentwoods soon found themselves 12-0 up through two tries, one of which was converted.
Scrum half Andy Claydon burrowed over the line to get Wisbech back in the match and, when Mark Laws converted Jack Smith’s second-half try, the scores were level.
But as the visitors pushed on in search of victory their discipline started to waver and Tom Long and Jon Turner were sin-binned in the closing stages.
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This left Wisbech’s 13 men clinging on for a tie, which they secured after a last-minute Brentwoods penalty attempt slid wide of the posts.
Wadsley said: “We are certainly a better side than that performance. However, two points away from home will be important in the final analysis.”
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Wisbech, who sit fifth in London North-East Division Three, host Canvey Island on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
• WINGER James Napier sealed his return from injury with a try as Wisbech II continued their unbeaten home record.
The second string went fourth in Woodfordes Norfolk Division One after beating Fakenham 12-5 at Harecroft Road on Saturday.
Napier did not take long to make his mark on the game, darting past several visiting defenders to open the scoring with a try.
It was also the winger’s break that led to a second try as he freed man of the match Toby Lindley to crash over and put Wisbech 12-0 up at the break.
Fakenham hit back with a try late on but Wisbech held on for victory in a scrappy second half.