Wisbech hoping for a Twick step
PUBLISHED: 10:57 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010
EDF JUNIOR VASE ROUND SIX Wisbech 20 Crawley 6 WISBECH are just four matches away from their first appearance at Twickenham. The hosts secured a place in the last 16 of the EDF Junior Vase with a hard-fought win. They host Surrey League One side Kingston
EDF JUNIOR VASE ROUND SIX
Wisbech 20 Crawley 6
WISBECH are just four matches away from their first appearance at Twickenham.
The hosts secured a place in the last 16 of the EDF Junior Vase with a hard-fought win.
They host Surrey League One side Kingston in the next round, on February 2.
Victory at this stage would see Wisbech go further than ever before in the competition.
A 65th-minute Jacques Steynberg try proved the turning point.
At 12-6 down, Crawley gambled by running the ball from their own 22 and, in doing so, threw a stray pass into the path of Steynberg, who sped for the line to go over in the corner.
Laws was unable to convert but at 17-6 there was no way back for the visitors.
From their first attack, Crawley, of the Sussex League Division One, should have scored a try but had to settle for a penalty after Wisbech strayed offside, and went 3-0 up after just two minutes.
Crawley's back three looked to threaten at any opportunity, but Wisbech remained resolute in defence.
The hosts absorbed pressure and were fierce in the tackle.
Shane Vickers and Marvic Home Improvements Man of the Match James Comben gave their counterparts very little room in which to work.
Crawley were penalised for collapsing a maul and Laws kicked to make it 3-3 after 28 minutes.
Wisbech then took the game to their opponents and a further penalty was awarded on the stroke of half-time. Laws stroked the ball over for a 6-3 interval lead.
With what little wind there was, Wisbech started to occupy Crawley's territory for long periods.
Again Crawley gave away a penalty for being off-side after Steynberg had made a break, allowing Laws to increase the lead to 9-3 with a minute of the second half played.
Crawley responded with a penalty of their own five minutes later to reduce the arrears to three points.
Wisbech then set about winning the game and a penalty was added by Laws with 20 minutes to play, stretching the lead to 12-6.
And after Steynberg's decisive try, Wisbech maintained their discipline and the hard work done on the training field was becoming evident.
Crawley had no more to offer, and Wisbech finished off the second half as they had the first, with a Laws penalty.
In reaching this stage, the Wisbech committee members would like to thank sponsors Elgood and Sons Ltd.
Wisbech first team travel to Thurston for a league match tomorrow, while the seconds take on Thetford second team at Harecroft Road, at 2.15pm.