Wisbech to play final at Harecroft Road

PUBLISHED: 12:48 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010

WISBECH 2nd XV have been gifted a home tie against Shelford second team in the Cambridgeshire Junior Cup Final. Shelford thumped Ely s second team 79-15 at home in their semi-final on Tuesday night. A victory against Tring tomorrow will see them win The C

WISBECH 2nd XV have been gifted a home tie against Shelford second team in the Cambridgeshire Junior Cup Final.

Shelford thumped Ely's second team 79-15 at home in their semi-final on Tuesday night.

A victory against Tring tomorrow will see them win The Cantebury Shield Division Four.

Shelford captain Richard Cottam said: "It was an excellent performance.

"Wisbech have a good side but we will go into the final full of confidence as we've had a great season."

The match is due to be played on May 4.

* CAMBRIDGESHIRE JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL

Wisbech 2nd XV 10 March Bear 3

We are due to play Shelford in the final, date and venue TBA.

FOR 75 minutes, a March penalty was the only difference between these two combative sides until a dramatic last five minutes saw Wisbech score twice to claim their place in the final.

March skipper Matty Day converted a penalty to put the visitors ahead within the first 10 minutes.

The Bears then tried to utilise their larger pack and tie the ball up in mauls and scrums, forcing Wisbech on the back foot.

They dominated for large periods and prevented Wisbech from playing their free-flowing running game.

March's young scrum-half Karl Cooke was providing his backs with brilliant service and Day was in fine form.

Young Jonathan Beavis was outstanding in the March line-out and veteran Steve Howells led by example.

But March failed to make their dominance count.

Tensions rose and there were several heated exchanges between the two sets of players.

March piled on the pressure in the last five minutes with the ball deep in Wisbech territory.

The home defence hung on and Sam Anderson cleared his lines and their forwards took the game to March.

At a lineout close to their try line, March disrupted the Wisbech throw but somehow the Wisbech forwards gained some momentum and drove forward.

Suddenly the ball appeared and Phil Reid was on hand to pounce on it and claim a try to give his side a slender 5-3 lead as Anderson missed a difficult conversion.

March were desperate to restore their advantage with two minutes of play left and attacked, but some indiscipline allowed Wisbech to run the ball back at them.

Full-back Raimus broke from within the March 22 and beat two defenders before passing, continuing his run; Raimus was fed the ball with 10 metres to go.

The March defence lined up, but Raimus proved too strong and forced his way over in the corner to score a magnificent try to seal the win for Wisbech.

Wisbech skipper Andy Heighton and the coaching team can feel proud of this team's achievement in reaching the final in this trophy for the first time.

Alongside the first team's progress to the quarter-finals of the EDF Junior Vase, it has already been quite a season for Wisbech.

Veteran Wisbech scrum-half David Salmon was nominated as Man of the Match.


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