Mission Accomplished: Long revels in Wisbech Rugby Club’s promotion joy

JUBILANT captain Tom Long revelled in a “mission accomplished” after leading Wisbech Rugby Club to promotion on Saturday.

The centre, who was playing in his final game as skipper, scored a try as Wisbech crushed Essex Division One runners-up Maldon 38-12 in the play-off.

He said: “Everyone was just jubilant after the game. It was mission accomplished - and it was accomplished very well and quite comfortably.

“It was a fitting end to a very good three years as captain. I have been proud and honoured to captain such a talented group of players.”

Mark Laws, Graham Saunders, Joe Barfoot and Long scored the tries which secured Wisbech’s place in London North-East Division Three next season.

Laws was also in fine kicking form, slotting three conversions and four penalties in the dominant win at Harecroft Road.

Long said: “That’s right up there with the best games I have played in. It was one of those where everything seemed to click and go according to plan. We were 100 per cent in control of the match.

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“We wanted to prove a point and make the statement that we deserve to be in the league above. I think we did that.”

Long and vice-captain Shane Vickers will step down from their roles next season, with flanker David Wadsley set to take the reins.

Long said: “He (Wadsley) knows the club inside out, he has a lot of respect amongst the players and he will be a very strong leader.

“If we kick on, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming for the top of the table again next year.”