Wisbech coach hails his squad as potentially the best in the club's history ahead of EDF Vase clash

PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 11:45 29 April 2010

WISBECH RUGBY CLUB
STEVE DRAWBRIDGE

WISBECH RUGBY CLUB STEVE DRAWBRIDGE

By ADAM LAZZARI WISBECH Rugby Club head coach Steve Drawbridge believes his current squad has the potential to become the best in the club s 62-year history. And they will need to be on top form when they take on Lowestoft and Yarmouth at Harecroft Road o

By ADAM LAZZARI

WISBECH Rugby Club head coach Steve Drawbridge believes his current squad has the potential to become the best in the club's 62-year history.

And they will need to be on top form when they take on Lowestoft and Yarmouth at Harecroft Road on Saturday with a place in the quarter-finals of the national EDF Energy Junior Vase at stake.

The Fenland club reached this stage for the first time in their history last season but went down 23-8 to Castleford.

Since then the club has recruited former Northamptonshire academy fly-half Jack Hoyles, props Andrew McCubin and James Griffin, No. 8 Andy Hoyles, scrum-half Andy Claydon and centres Will Pettit and Neil Hunt.

Drawbridge said: "We're recruited some wonderful players, kept some key stalwarts and seen players like Charlie Roberts and Ben Chapman come through from the reserves and establish themselves as important first team players.

"It's the best squad I've ever worked with and the talent and spirit is there for it to become the best squad in Wisbech's history."

Saturday's match is a clash between the Eastern Counties Division One's top two sides.

It will be a battle of two contrasting styles with Wisbech favouring a free-flowing running game and Lowestoft and Yarmouth, who many will see as favourites, being a forward-orientated side.

Lowestoft and Yarmouth lead the division and thumped Wisbech 32-0 in the league earlier this season.

Wisbech suffered their second defeat of the season when they went down 16-15 at Newmarket in the league on Saturday, despite tries from Claydon, Jack Hoyles and Kris Feaviour.

On the same day Lowestoft and Yarmouth beat Stowmarket 46-5.

Drawbridge said: "They had scouts at our game on Saturday and they would have left with a false sense of security. We've been below par for the last two weeks but will be well fired up for Saturday. They can't take much from the 32-0 result as we had a mostly second string team out."

He added: "Home advantage could be a massive advantage for us. Wisbech had more than 700 people watching when they played Castleford in last season's quarter-final, I'm hoping there will be even more this time.

"The weather could have a factor on the match. If it's like it has been and the pitch is heavy it will suit their style, but we will find a way of countering that."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 2pm.


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