Gallery: Fenland 2009 round-up - submitted pictures
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 02 June 2010
London Division Three North East
Wisbech moved back to third spot scoring four tries to record a good win over Wanstead leaving them two points behind Canvey and league leaders Beccles who Wisbech visit next Saturday.
In a match that had bursts of great play, Wisbech were forced to work hard up front against a side that were determined to defend. Tom Paybody was the first to strike with an early try to settle nerves; Adam Preece was unlucky with the conversion. Wisbech tried moving the ball through the centres, Ben Hoyles made headway with one spectacular break only for Wansteads cover defence to re-group and deal with the threat. Wisbechs second try, on the half hour, was well crafted by Will Pettit but sadly saw James Napier injured in the process. Napier, who made the initial break using his pace, fell awkwardly in the off load to Pettit who beat two players before slipping the ball to Shane Vickers who scored in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed.
Ten points to the good at half time, Wisbech started the second half as they had finished the first. Wanstead, to their credit, continued to defend but looked to put some moves of their own together, particularly through their full back who showed great pace slicing through on a couple of occasions.
Wisbech were patient and the forwards made the hard yards and were rewarded with the put in at scrum, the ball was quickly re-cycled and from the ensuing ruck Chris Noons picked up and drove for the line to score and stretch the lead to 15-0.
With the result pretty much secure, Wanstead threw caution to the wind on a couple of occasions, but Wisbechs defence was up to the job and in the last five minutes a good move saw Phil Martell receive the ball on the left wing and finished well to take the final score to 20-0.
Napiers injury will give Coach Steve Drawbridge plenty to think about before next weeks match. Wisbech are still missing one or two players who will make a big difference for the next two games, having to move Preece, who started in the back row, to his normal position of full back highlights the situation. Drawbridge will have to use his re-sources well next week for the biggest match of the season so far. Napiers departure saw Charlie Roberts brought on at flanker underlining Tom Martells injury that prevented him participating in this match and will hope to be fit for next Saturday along with centre John Turner and the returning Ben Hoyles.
The seconds travelled to Holt in the Norfolk league and suffered another defeat, losing eighteen points to five. Wisbech conceded two tries early in the game as Holt looked to put pressure on from the start. Dave Brodie was the pick of the backs and the scorer Wisbechs only try in a second half that saw the local team put some good moves together and had the better of the line outs where Lloyd Scott was outstanding.
Next Saturday sees the seconds entertain Norwich Medics and will hope to field a strong side to record a much needed win.
AVID photographers have been busy across Fenland throughout 2009, taking their own pictures and sending them to our news desk. Every month our emails are packed with their pictures – and to mark those efforts photographer Brian Purdy has picked out some o
AVID photographers have been busy across Fenland throughout 2009, taking their own pictures and sending them to our news desk.
Every month our emails are packed with their pictures - and to mark those efforts photographer Brian Purdy has picked out some of his favourites.
Sporting events, competition prize handovers, community events and shows all feature in Brian's round-up of submitted pictures from the Wisbech area.
And you can see all these photographs in our special gallery by clicking the link below.
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