Wisbech RFC 19 v Woodbridge Warriors 34

Woodbridge started vigourously the Warriors pushing up-field for Jamie Smith to kick 3 penalty points. Wisbech forwards No8 Sam Anderson and flyhalf Jack Malkin fought back as the visitors earned a run of penalties. Despite a good lineout steal by Dan Knights Wisbech were fast up to pressurise Smith, JP Hart cleared but the home full-back Harry Newman and Henry Lankfer supported centre Freddy Foreman to the 22 where forwards Richard Cavell, Nat Hunt and Will Lankfer picked and drove forcing a swift penalty from Malkin to flanker Jamie Parsons who scored. Woodbridge responded; flanker Jono Cooke broke supported by lock Ed Banthorpe, with No8s  – Aldis Salavejs against Anderson, flanker Matt Bowman was stopped short then Smith slipped two tackles to score out wide.

Wisbech came back through wing Alex Watson and Freddy Foreman before Salavejs broke from a scrum and quick, safe hands fed Bowman who battered over to score. Wisbech reacted with a threatening surge on the Woodbridge line. Repeated ruck penalties reduced Woodbridge to 14 before a high, try-saving tackle on Watson earned a penalty try.

Woodbridge looked sharp at the restart, scrum half Taff Lloyd launching Bowman again into the tackle of hooker Hunt as Wisbech stole, Will Lankfer carried and centre James Napier bolted down route one. Hart cleared back downfield and again after another penalty, Bowman rampaged unsupported and centre James Porter had a good run – a ruck reloaded Bowman then a long pass from Clogg put scrum Half Adam Plummer over in the corner. Boosted the visitors did it again flanker Cooke and Salavejs charging the defence only to be stymied by penalties. The counter was stolen and Clogg bombed full back Watson who was chased down. A scrum yielded possession to Bowman to Tom Edwards to Hart who scored. Woodbridge successfully defended an attack from Napier, Newman and Cavell with pressure on the line but a spill let Hart snaffle it, Smith kicked on and Clogg ran 80m to score a breakaway try. Another strong Wisbech run from Newman set up a siege on the Woodbridge 5m line and it was Napier who eventually broke through, the eighth and final try in an energetic, hard-fought, entertaining contest.

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