Rugby round-up: Drop goal agony for Wisbech II while March Bears are tamed

A LAST-GASP drop goal attempt skewed agonisingly wide as Wisbech Rugby Club II came within one score of a cup final on Saturday.

The second team were beaten 24-22 away at Cambridge Exiles in a topsy-turvy Cambridgeshire County Cup semi-final clash.

But it could easily have been a different story for Wisbech, who took a 12-0 lead courtesy of tries from Dan Roberts and Matt Mitchell, and a Sam Anderson conversion.

The Exiles fought back to lead 17-12, before an Anderson drop goal and a try from Josh Seale put Wisbech 22-17 up with 15 minutes remaining.

The hosts again hit back with a converted try, leaving them two points ahead with 10 minutes to play.

And Wisbech were unable to muster any late heroics, as Anderson’s final drop goal attempt slid wide of the uprights.

Captain Oliver Mackett said: “The players can hold their heads high and be proud that they left nothing on the pitch.”

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• MARCH Bears Legends suffered at the hands of a powerful pack as they were beaten 17-5 by St Neots III on Saturday.

The Bears’ squad of 18 players put up stubborn defence, and they were rewarded for their tough tackling when Jason Mottram crashed over after good work from Lee Kupyn.

The club will host a veterans tournament at Elm Road Sports Field on April 21, starting at noon.