Defence is key for Wisbech as they extend unbeaten run to three games with win over Woodbridge

Action from Wisbech v Woodbridge

Action from Wisbech v Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

Wisbech 1st XV entertained Woodbridge at the Chapel Road Arena last Saturday and extended their unbeaten run to three games after securing a 26-3 victory.

Wisbech started well and 15 minutes into the game showed their attacking prowess when Harry Newman came off his wing in a set move straight of the training ground to slice through the defence to score the first try and points in the game, with Jack Malkin adding the conversion.

Wisbech continued to threaten and another well worked backs move centre John Turner through for the second try of the game, Jack Malkin successful with his second conversion of the afternoon to take his side into a 14-0 lead.

Woodbridge hit back with a penalty to record their only points of the day after some ill-discipline in the midfield, but minutes later Woodbridge lost their discipline and lost a player to the sin bin.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Wisbech added a third try courtesy of another lineout move resulting in Jacob Goat going over after some patient work at the back of the maul. Malkin again adding the extras with another successful conversion.


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Wisbech’s defence stood firm in a bruising yet uneventful second half.

With five minutes of play on the clock, Wisbech finally scored the fourth try and achieved the bonus point; the try coming from Sam Anderson, who peeled off a driving maul and bundling over the line. Malkin stepped up to convert but missed his first kick of the day.

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The final whistle followed shortly after with Wisbech winning 26-3 but at a cost; Jacob Goat picked up a knee injury and Skippy Parsons suffering from concussion after sustaining an accidental blow to the head.

Wisbech coach Leonard Veenendaal praised his team’s defensive performance, saying: “The score line flatters us and perhaps does not reflect the work the lads put in to grind that out the win and keeping our try line unbridged.

“Woodbridge threw everything but the kitchen sink at us but our defence was simply outstanding. The work Darryl Veenendaal has put into suring up our defence paid off for us second week in a row,” he said.

Wisbech look to continute their solid defensive performances in their next fixture against Mersea Island on Saturday November 14.

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