EXCLUSIVE: Wisbech Rugby Club appoint new coach as relegation fight continues

WISBECH Rugby Club have appointed a new first team coach as they continue their fight for league survival.

Ben McCall will take charge of his first game at Harecroft Road on Saturday with his new side three points adrift at the bottom of London North-East Division Three.

The 33-year-old will look to build on Saturday’s performance, which saw a late James Napier try secure a losing bonus point for Wisbech as they were beaten 17-10 by high-flying Basildon.

McCall, who has been appointed until the end of the season, said: “I’m going to do everything in my power to keep Wisbech in that league. They do not deserve to be where they are.

“We’ve got about seven games until the end of the season. It’s going to be a challenge to keep them up but it’s a challenge the players are relishing.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get involved with local rugby and I like what I see at Wisbech.”

McCall enjoyed a successful spell with Norwich before a serious injury cut his playing career short. He has also played for - and later coached - sides in the Royal Air Force.

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He said: “I’m really impressed with the set-up they have at Wisbech and they have some very talented players. They are a good enough side to be pushing for promotion and they certainly shouldn’t be in relegation trouble.”

Injured captain Tom Long, who will return to the bench for Saturday’s game against Wanstead, said: “Official coaching should give us a bit of direction and a game plan. It’s a very positive move from the club and it could be crucial in helping us beat the drop.”

• Wisbech II returned to winning ways on Saturday with a dramatic last-gasp victory over Holt II. Two tries from hooker Josh Anderson and a late kick from Jake Reid was enough to secure a 12-10 victory.