Gallery: Superb Wisbech warm up for cup final by winning promotion
LONDON NORTH EAST DIVISION FOUR PLAY OFF Wisbech 38 Campion 14 AFTER winning promotion to the London Division, Wisbech now turn their attentions to completing a phenomenal season by winning the Cambridgeshire Intermediate County Cup Final. Wisbech take on
LONDON NORTH EAST DIVISION FOUR PLAY OFF
Wisbech 38 Campion 14
AFTER winning promotion to the London Division, Wisbech now turn their attentions to completing a phenomenal season by winning the Cambridgeshire Intermediate County Cup Final.
Wisbech take on Shelford at Harecroft on Saturday at 3pm.
Wisbech head coach Steve Drawbridge said: "The lads did a tremendous job to secure promotion and I'm now asking for a last big push from them.
"It will be a tough test against a top side but home advantage could be massive and I'd like to see a big crowd cheering us on.
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"I have a few injury worries and the squad will be stretched but we have quality and strength and depth. I know we're capable of winning this."
Shelford's first team are a full-time professional outfit who have just secured promotion from the London Division One to the National Third Division.
Wisbech will take on a Shelford development squad.
Wisbech's promotion means they will take on the likes of Ipswich, Beccles and West Norfolk next season.
Saturday's match started at a rapid pace and hosts Wisbech found themselves 6-0 down.
Two Andy Claydon penalties leveled the scores but Campion took a 0-6 lead into half-time.
In an incident-packed start to the second period, Wisbech seemed to be stung into life by the sin binning of Tom Martell.
A fracas with Campion's overly verbose winger earned Martell 10 minutes away from the action.
Wisbech conceded a soft try from a line out 10 minutes after the re-start.
Martell's return to the fray saw Wisbech up the pace.
Claydon now had time to find his support runners to work a move that saw Tom Long put Martell into space and cross for a try, Claydon converted to leave Wisbech trailing14-13 and then scored a penalty to give them a 16-14 lead.
The brilliant Charlie Roberts started a move that saw Rudi Van de Merwe feed Chris Noon on the wing for a superb score, Claydon was once again successful with the boot and a 26-14 lead was secured.
A flourish of fluent rugby and good lines of running from Tom Paybody, Will Pettit and Jack Hoyles resulted in a try for Tom Long shortly followed by the final score from Matt Wait that was converted by man of the match Claydon.