Centre Hoyles leaves struggling Wisbech to rejoin higher-level North Walsham

Wisbech Rugby Club vs South Woodham Ferrers. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rugby Club vs South Woodham Ferrers. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

STRUGGLING Wisbech Rugby Club have suffered another blow after centre Jack Hoyles decided to return to North Walsham.

The Harecroft Road club have struggled for players, especially for away fixtures, and have slipped into the London North-East Division Three relegation zone after a miserable run of six consecutive defeats.

Their cause hasn’t been helped by the loss of Hoyles who is heading back to the London North-East Division Two league leaders despite only making a handful of appearances for Wisbech.

Manager Cliff Humphreys said: “It’s a sad bit of news for Wisbech that Jack, who joined the club in September from North Walsham, has decided this week to re-sign for them.

“Jack appears not to have settled here and has not played for the club since he scored two tries in the emphatic win over East London (97-0) back in October despite being selected to play. We had hoped that Jack would have been a key member of our squad in our drive for promotion.

“But obviously something did not click for him here. We wish him well, the door will always be open to him at Wisbech should it not work out for him at North Walsham.”

Hoyles’ departure further reduces the options that are available to Humphreys.

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He could only field 15 players for an away game at Cantabrigian but should have no problem selecting a full side for tomorrow’s clash with second-placed Wanstead.

“It looks like the weather will be ok for tomorrow. We do not have any major selection issues but one or two key squad members are still out due to injury,” said the Wisbech chief, whose side are 10th and three points from safety.

“I suppose this is a must win game for us. We lost to Wanstead away but on the day we struggled to put out a strong set of forwards and they played to their strengths on a wide pitch.

“We did restrict them to three tries and obviously now they are the away side.”