Friday, January 4, 2013
Boss Cliff Humphreys believes Wisbech can take heart from September’s defeat at South Woodham Ferrers when they entertain the league leaders tomorrow.
The Essex outfit arrive at Harecroft Road sitting top of the London North-East Division Three table while Wisbech languish just above the relegation zone.
However, Humphreys’ troops picked up a valuable losing bonus point during their 20-15 defeat at Ferrers and the Wisbech manager insists his men can cause an upset at the weekend.
Humphreys said: “We went there at the beginning of the season and we got a losing bonus point with a bit of a scratch side. We were camped in their 22 for the last 10 minutes. With better decisions we could have nicked it.
“All being well, they’re a beatable side at Wisbech. We’ve got to believe in ourselves again. If we beat them then undoubtedly it will give is a huge lift. If the lads want it, and can play their A-game, and we can select a strong side, we can do it.
“The game is there for the taking. Let’s bring them on. If we lose, then we lose. But there’s nothing like a win to breed confidence.”
Richard Cavill (suspended) will miss his side’s first game of 2013 after being sent off against Beccles. Ben Chapman (rib) is an injury doubt.
Yet, Jon Turner and Nigel Hunt could both feature at centre and Humphreys is desperate to improve on a miserable end to 2012 which saw Wisbech, eighth, lose four games on the bounce and field just 15 players at Cantabrigian.
He said: “We’ve lost that self belief. After we beat East London 97-0, and ran in 15 tries, we got a little bit complacent. We’ve gone off the boil since then and maybe we think teams will roll over. But they won’t.
“It’s difficult for us to recruit players too. We’ve got good ones but we’re always going to struggle to attract new ones so we’ve got to make do with what we’ve got.
“We could have got something at Cantabs with 15 and Norwich can consider themselves lucky because they beat us we were the better side for 65 minutes. During our run we haven’t really been stuffed.
“We could get down if we were losing by 50 but we haven’t been. What’s been frustrating is we have been in every game, at some point, that we have lost. It’s all to play for in 2013.
“If we get a run going, stay free of injuries, stop getting silly cards, and have better availability I’m sure we can move up the table.”