Bye, Bye, Captain: Wisbech skippers hoping to step down with play-off victory

CAPTAIN Tom Long and vice-captain Shane Vickers have vowed to step down in style tomorrow by leading Wisbech Rugby Club to promotion.

Flanker David Wadsley is expected to be named as the new skipper after Wisbech’s promotion play-off clash with Maldon.

But Long and Vickers, who have been in charge at Harecroft Road for three years, are determined to sign off with a win.

Long said: “It’s been a fantastic honour to be captain. It’s not without its ups and downs, with relegation last season and this year’s promotion fight.

“It was a rollercoaster ride, but it was one that was very enjoyable.

“I will still be around next year. This is not me hanging up my boots - this is just me taking a backwards step.”

Wisbech, who finished second to Cantabrigian in Greene King Eastern Counties Division One, host Essex Division One runners-up Maldon at 3pm tomorrow. The winners will secure a place in London North-East Division Three next season.

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Long said: “I play every match with 100 per cent commitment, but obviously this is my last game in charge and it would be nice to go out with a win and promotion. It would turn a good season into a fantastic one.

“We’re looking forward to proving a point. We’ve faltered a bit in key league matches, so it would be nice to win the play-off and win it in good style.

“We want to play true Wisbech rugby. We have a certain style and not many teams in this league or the league above have been able to cope with it.”

Vice-captain Vickers, who led the side for four months this season while Long was sidelined with a broken thumb, was named clubman of the year for his hard work.

He said: “I just think we need a fresh look and feel. It’s always good to have different input and I will still be involved when they need me.

“What we have to do is concentrate on the team. I just want to play my rugby and enjoy it.”

Fly-half Will Pettit should be fit for tomorrow’s game despite a dislocated finger, while Greg Brownlow may be missing.

• TEN players scored tries as Wisbech II thumped Holt III 75-0 in a friendly.

Andy Comben, Ben Chapman and Nick Thompsett grabbed two each, while James Napier, Ali Comben, James Comben, Ryan Tate, Joshua Anderson, Sam Anderson and Robbie Brooks also crashed over.