Wisbech end Canvey Island's two-year unbeaten home record with last gasp win
PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 June 2010
A CONVERTED Will Pettit try in the dying moments secured victory for Wisbech and ended Canvey Island s two-year unbeaten home record.
London Division Three North East
Canvey Island 13 Wisbech 15
A CONVERTED Will Pettit try in the dying moments secured victory for Wisbech and ended Canvey Island's two-year unbeaten home record.
The Fenmen put in another superb performance on the road against a side who won at Harecroft Road earlier in the season.
Wisbech played with a confidence that has been grown steadily ever since the turgid affair with West Norfolk and, having recorded two straight wins against two Essex sides, are now well placed to push for promotion on the season run-in.
This was a hard-fought victory gained by a magnificent forward effort spearheaded by Tom Martell and Tom Paybody. The backline, meanwhile, run by fly-half Pettit, ran back at the opposition and produced a great handling display to take the game to the Islanders.
Canvey opened the scoring with a converted try to take a 7-0 lead, but Wisbech replied with a well-worked try that epitomised their style.
Receiving quick ball from the forwards, the back line was able to move it quickly, offloading in the tackle and on to James Napier in the wing to narrow the score to 7-5.
Wisbech then took the lead thanks to an infringement by a Canvey player conceding a penalty that Andy Claydon converted.
Not to be outdone, Canvey pressed ahead and scored a drop goal to swing the balance back to the home side at 10-8, and pushed further ahead with a second drop goal.
In a tense finish, Wisbech produced another terrific move and it was Pettit on hand to cross the line under the posts to level the scores at 13 a piece. Claydon kept his head make the conversion and with it the winning score line of 15-13.
The win leaves Wisbech in third place but now level with Canvey Island on 24 points. Canvey retain second place on points difference.
On Saturday, Wisbech face fourth-placed Basildon.
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