Ely 43 - 19 Wisbech: Wisbech’s winning run comes to an end at hands of high flying rivals

Ely Tigers RFU v Wisbech RFU

Ely Tigers RFU v Wisbech RFU - Credit: Archant

Wisbech’s four game winning streak came to an end with a 43-19 loss at high flying Ely Tigers on Saturday.

The first half was a tight affair but the hosts showed their class after the break to give the scoreline an emphatic look.

Ely scored first with a converted try and shortly after slotted over a penalty.

Wisbech, who fielded a depleted side, fought back when, from a five metre line out and a solid drive to the line by the forwards, Ramiondas Vinksna drove over.

Shortly after and in similar fashion Nathan Goodale was on hand to touch down and with Jack Malkin’s conversation Wisbech found themselves in front.

However, as half time approached, Ely went into the lead with a converted try to make it 17-12 at the interval.

Wisbech were still in the game but to Ely’s credit at the start of the second half they increased their intensity,

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The visitors were caught on the back foot and as the pressure increased Ely ran in a number of tries.

Wisbech salvaged some pride with a try by Solomon Prestidge but Ely’s defence held out to prevent Wisbech from securing a try bonus point.

Wisbech go into the winter break sixth in Eastern Counties 1 with six wins and six losses from 12 games.

They face Newmarlet away in the Junior Vase on January 3 then welcome unbeaten Southwold in the league on January 10.

Head coach Leonard Veenendaal said: “We will regroup for the new year and still stay positive because I think we’ve made that turn.

“Things will not get any easier with upcoming games against Newmarket and Southwold.

“As for our aims this season, we would like to end in the top half of the table and continue to develop and bring some of the younger players through.

“If we can get a good cup run alongside it that would be a bonus.”

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