Wisbech Rugby Club’s survival hopes dented by 26-5 defeat to Wanstead

WISBECH Rugby Club’s audacious bid to fight off relegation looks set for a tense finale after defeat to Wanstead plunged them back into the mire.

Saturday’s 26-5 loss leaves Wisbech sitting one place above the relegation zone, three points clear of their nearest rivals Campion and Bancroft - who both have games in hand.

The Harecroft Road outfit have two games left to preserve their London North-East Division Three status - one against table-topping Lowestoft & Yarmouth and one against third-placed Norwich.

Wisbech’s triumph over bitter rivals Newmarket looked a distant memory on Saturday as a much-changed side struggled against a determined Wanstead team.

Uncharacteristic errors in defence left them facing a mountain to climb after conceding early scores.

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Although Tom Long did crash over for a try after collecting Shane Vickers’ neat kick, the skipper’s score failed to inspire a comeback from the visitors.

Wisbech take a break from league action tomorrow, when they host the in-form Lowestoft & Yarmouth in the Senior Vase.

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It was a similar story for Wisbech II at the weekend, as the second-string limped to a 31-3 defeat to Norwich Union. Steve Priest scored the only points for Jim Mitchell’s men with a well-taken penalty.

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