Wisbech Rugby Club slip further into the relegation mire after 40-8 defeat at Upminster

Wisbech were left licking their wounds after a sixth consecutive league defeat.

Wisbech were left licking their wounds after a sixth consecutive league defeat. - Credit: Archant

WISBECH scored their first try in three games but succumbed to a 40-8 defeat at Upminster on Saturday.

The loss leaves them 10th in London North East Division Three, above fellow strugglers Sudbury on points difference, and firmly immersed in the relegation battle.

Wisbech started Saturday’s clash slowly and within minutes conceded a controversial penalty try as the heavy Upminster pack took control.

The visitors responded to the early setback and were rewarded for a sustained period of pressure with a try from winger Shane Vickers.

Shortly afterwards Will Pettit slotted over a penalty but Wisbech were failing to cope with the hosts’ forwards and they conceded another try before half time.

Upminster went into the break 28-8 ahead and, despite Wisbech showing good spirit in the second half, they could not prevent the hosts from extending their lead with two further tries.

Captain Dave Wadsley said: “We are playing some excellent rugby but luck is just not with us at the moment. We must hold our nerve and build on these performances.

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“I am sure that we will recover and finish in mid-division.”

Wisbech, who have lost their last six league games, are at home to promotion hopefuls Wanstead on Saturday, kick-off is 2.15pm.

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