Wisbech lose to fierce rivals

LONDON DIVISION THREE NORTH EAST Lowestoft and Yarmouth 36 Wisbech 21 WISBECH slipped to fourth after producing a solid performance but being outscored by five tries to three by their fierce rivals. Joe Barfoot scored a fine try mid-way through the firs

LONDON DIVISION THREE NORTH EAST

Lowestoft and Yarmouth 36 Wisbech 21

WISBECH slipped to fourth after producing a solid performance but being outscored by five tries to three by their fierce rivals.

Joe Barfoot scored a fine try mid-way through the first half in response to the home side's two tries and penalty for a half-time score of 15-7, Adam Preece adding the conversion.


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A try early in the second half from Tom Martell, converted by Preece, saw Wisbech within a point but Lowestoft and Yarmouth made the most of their big pack and forced a penalty-try before Shane Vickers brought Wisbech to within four points at 25-21, Preece again successful with the conversion.

Going into the last 10 minutes, the game could have gone either way.

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A lapse in the Wisbech defence is all it took for the hosts to take the winning points and eventually adding a couple of penalties late on.

After six competitive matches, Wisbech's squad is now under increasing pressure.

At least 10 front line players are currently unavailable via injury or other commitments.

The fact that captain Tom Long, who normally plays in the centre, filled in at flanker on Saturday under lines the extent of Wisbech's problems at this early stage of the season.

Wisbech coach Steve Drawbridge is keen to see the return of Will Pettit, Andy Hoyles, Phil Martell, Tom Paybody and Ben Chapman particularly for Saturday's home league game against bottom side Dagenham.

n Wisbech seconds lost 27-3 at home to West Norfolk seconds on Saturday.

There were encouraging performances from Sam Anderson, who scored an early penalty, Jake Smith, the Ringwood twins, Dave Brodie and Josh Anderson.

Wisbech seconds play Watton away in a Norfolk League match on Saturday.

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