Sweet revenge for Wisbech Rugby Club as they thump bitter rivals Newmarket to escape drop zone
PUBLISHED: 17:50 08 March 2011
WISBECH Rugby Club took revenge on bitter rivals Newmarket to power their way out of the relegation zone for the first time since January.
A fired-up Wisbech crushed Newmarket 30-11 - avenging the 13-point deduction they were handed for fielding an ineligible player during their win over the same opposition at Harecroft Road in November.
It was Newmarket’s complaint that led to the deduction which saw Wisbech plummet to the foot of the London North-East Division Three table. And captain Tom Long said his inspired troops had proved a point to their rivals.
He said: “It was a very sweet victory. There was a bit of bad feeling - there is no shying away from that.
“But we put in our performance of the season. It probably ranks as one of the best victories I have been involved in. Games like that are the reason that you pull the boots on and cross that white line.
“We were playing at 100mph and they couldn’t cope with it - the score could have been even more. It was a very passionate, physical, hard and fast match.
“Our preparation was perfect, everybody was in the right frame of mind. From the very first whistle it was all Wisbech and that’s not a biased opinion. They were swept back by a red tide.
“It just goes to show them that one player doesn’t make a team and we can beat them home or away.”
Tries from Long, Shane Vickers, Phil Martell, Josh Seale and James Napier helped Wisbech outclass a shell-shocked Newmarket.
The home side were only able to get on the scoreboard themselves when Wisbech’s passion got the better of them, with three players sin-binned.
The win lifts Wisbech out of the drop zone ahead of tomorrow’s clash with mid-table Wanstead. They sit three points ahead of their nearest rivals - who do have games in hand.
Long said: “It’s a dog fight that we’re in. Every point and every performance is vital and the whole effort has brought everybody a bit closer together.”
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