Boss Humphreys insists Wisbech were ‘victimised by the rules’ after wash-out points deduction

MANAGER Cliff Humphreys has urged his Wisbech troops to turn their frustration into a Senior Vase win after they were “victimised by the rules” at the weekend.

Humphreys’ side were forced to concede their home game against league leaders Beccles and were deducted four points for not fulfilling Saturday’s fixture.

Torrential downpours during the week left Harecroft Road waterlogged and, although Humphreys believed it was playable, it would have badly cut up.

Since more rain was forecast for Saturday, Wisbech contacted the league secretary to express their concerns and the fixture was reversed.

Beccles confirmed their pitch was playable but Wisbech were unable to put a team together for an away trip at such short notice.

Humphreys said: “The pitch would have been dangerous and players who have to go to work on a Monday morning could have picked up serious injuries.

“We thought that by postponing the game on Friday we were being considerate to Beccles by not forcing them to travel here.

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“In hindsight we should have called the game off at 11.30am on Saturday when there would have been no time to rearrange the fixture.

“We were open and honest and it feels like we have been victimised – but I suppose rules are rules and we have got to abide by them.”

Wisbech, who are appealing the decision, travel to London North-West Division Three table-toppers Old Priorians in the third round of the Vase tomorrow.

Humphreys said: “They look a solid side but if we are up for the game and my best players are available we have a chance.

“I know the team will be spurred on by what happened at the weekend.”

? WINGER Joe Barfoot scored five tries as Wisbech II thrashed West Norfolk II.

Sam Anderson and Richard Crosbie also crashed over in the 47-0 win.