Tough weekend for Wisbech rugby as both sides are beaten

A DEPLETED Wisbech 1st XV suffered a heavy 36-3 defeat against South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday, after losing their talismanic prop Andy McCubbin early in the first half.

A knee injury to McCubbin meant Wisbech were down to 14 men for most of the game, and the opposition took full advantage running in five unanswered tries.

Early pressure had seen Wisbech take the lead through a Mark Laws penalty, but they soon lost their grip on the game.

Quick turn-over ball and strong running from the backs cut holes in the Wisbech defence to leave the home side victorious, with the final score 36-3.

Wisbech player Tom Goose was again named man of the match for his battling resistance.

The first XV will try to get back to winning ways when they entertain Upminster at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Wisbech 2nd XV suffered a narrow 37-28 defeat to Beccles 2nds in an entertaining game at Harecroft Road.

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Both sides played with pace and intensity and Wisbech were first to open their account with a penalty from scrum-half Paul Marsden.

Wisbech had to work hard to keep Beccles under control, with full back Ryan Tate putting in a series of try-saving tackles.

And they were soon rewarded for their efforts, with some nicely taken tries giving them a 20-14 lead at half time.

Second half changes to the Wisbech back line meant the home side lost their shape, and Beccles clawed their way back to take the lead.

A late try from fly-half James Comben set up a thrilling finish but Wisbech came up just short, losing 37-28.

Paul Marsden was named as man of the match.