Gallery: Wisbech put on heroic performance
PUBLISHED: 12:59 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010
EDF JUNIOR VASE ROUND SEVEN Wisbech Town 18 Kingston 15 HEROIC performances saw Wisbech Rugby Club make history on Saturday. Mark Laws scored all of the host s points including an awkwardly positioned penalty seven minutes from time to secure a win that p
EDF JUNIOR VASE ROUND SEVEN
Wisbech Town 18 Kingston 15
HEROIC performances saw Wisbech Rugby Club make history on Saturday.
Mark Laws scored all of the host's points including an awkwardly positioned penalty seven minutes from time to secure a win that put Wisbech into the quarter-final of the EDF Junior Vase for the first time.
They will be hoping for a home draw on February 23, and victory at this stage would put them just one win away from a grand final appearance at Twickenham.
The game pulsated from the start to finish.
Wisbech were buoyed by a large home crowd and Laws opened his account in the third minute.
From a move created by the direct running of Jacques Steynberg, the ball was fed to Laws just inside the oppositions 22. The full-back kept his head and went over in the corner to make it 5-0, but the difficult conversion was missed.
Kingston, who boast a 100 per cent record in the Surrey League One this season, responded with a period of good attacking rugby.
On 18 minutes Kingston winger Nathan Brown finished off a move to score and with a successful conversion, the away side took a 7-5 lead.
Wisbech absorbed a constant barrage of Kingston attacks with some heroic defending.
The back row seemed to be everywhere with Greg Brownlow and Tom Martell to the fore.
Matt Desborough was in imperious form at No. 8.
In the 32nd minute Wisbech scored again.
Steynberg stripped Brown of the ball and darted around the Kingston defence.
The final pass of the move was to that man Laws who, with three defenders hanging onto him, bustled over for a try.
He followed up with a successful conversion to take the score to 12-7.
Kingston were not finished, and their fly-half slotted a penalty to reduce Wisbech's lead to two points as half-time.
The second half started as the first left off with plenty of effort from both sides. Wisbech proved the stronger and were awarded a penalty on 52 minutes that Laws converted for a 15-10 lead.
Kingston managed to level the scores whilst Martell was in the sin bin, through a drive from a line-out.
The scores remained at 15-15 with seven minutes left but Wisbech were determined to go further in the competition than ever before.
A penalty was given for off-side.
Laws was positioned directly under the posts but just five yards away.
He held his nerve to display a superb show of technical skill to scoop the ball over.
Wisbech held out through a lengthy period of added time and the crowd of more than 300 breathed a collective sigh of relief as the final whistle sounded.