Wisbech on the brink of history
PUBLISHED: 15:02 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:40 29 April 2010
WISBECH Rugby Club s players and coach are involved in the biggest match of their lives tomorrow and are hoping fans can make Harecroft Road a fortress. They face Surrey League One leaders Kingston in round seven of the EDF Junior Vase. Victory would take
WISBECH Rugby Club's players and coach are involved in the biggest match of their lives tomorrow and are hoping fans can make Harecroft Road a fortress.
They face Surrey League One leaders Kingston in round seven of the EDF Junior Vase.
Victory would take them further in the competition than ever before and just three matches from a grand final appearance at Twickenham.
It would be the first time Wisbech have ever played at the famous stadium.
Wisbech coach Richard Horne is quietly confident.
He has a near full strength squad to choose from with Ben Wicks, who is recovering from a long-term eye injury, the only players likely to be unavailable.
Horne said: "We've had a fantastic season so far. We're second in the Eastern Counties Division One and have been playing some fantastic rugby. And the second team are top of their league so I have a good crop of players to choose from and there is plenty of competition for places.
"Kingston have won every game this season in a league which is supposed to be at the same level as ours, so they're obviously a good side. But I've done my homework and there is no doubt we have the talent to win this match, it's going to be a case of who wants it the most, and it could come down to an individual moment of genius.
"Home advantage could be massive for us, so I'm hoping a big crowd will turn out to cheer on the lads on. It could make the difference."
Kingston's most potent threat could come from winger Nathan Brown, but the player is injury-prone and may miss the match.
This is the fourth time that Wisbech have reached the seventh round of the EDF Junior Vase.
In 1995 Andy Clements' side lost 5-0 to Tredworth, in Gloucester.
Three years later on another away trip, Steve Foster's team lost to eventual winners Billericay.
In 2005, Wisbech finally got a home draw, but pitted against a strong side from Sidmouth, lost to a try scored in the dying moments of the game.
The match kicks-off at 2pm.