September 2 2014 Latest news:
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Wisbech will be looking to shake off their inconsistent form at Upminster tomorrow.
The London North-East Division Three club have failed to string together a decent run of results this term and have slumped to ninth in the 12-team table. Two defeats have followed the shock victory over Sudbury and now Cliff Humphreys is looking for his men to get back to winning ways this weekend.
Wisbech’s manager said: “We’re very perplexed. The squad is full of good players and Leonard (Veenendaal) is a good coach who sets teams up very well. But we can’t put our finger on what is wrong.
“We’ve had a good week’s training though and we’re hoping to gel as a band of brothers for the rearranged trip to Upminster. We hope to be there or thereabouts with a full squad so we’ll see what happens on the day and how we cope.”
The Harecroft Road outfit can leapfrog Upminster in the table if they replicate the 41-27 victory they recorded in the corresponding fixture between the two sides earlier this season.
That day Wisbech came from behind to pick up a precious triumph, something Humphreys hopes will provide added confidence ahead of the away trip.
“At home against Upminster they had us under a lot of early pressure,” said Wisbech’s boss.
“They were one of the leading sides in the league and we were behind in the game going into the second half. But in a 15-minute spell we took them apart and won with a try bonus point.
“Their season has gone as flat as ours has and they’re only two points and one place ahead of us so it’s all to play for. If the boys can hit the standards they set in the destruction job on Sudbury then we are a match for anybody in this league on our day. It just depends on how the lads perform.”
Upminster, eighth, have won the same number of league games as the Cambridgeshire club – five – and also lost the remaining eight of their 13 matches so far. But they have picked up more bonus points.
Like their opponents they have also lost their last two matches, having won the one before, and are now nervously looking over their shoulders at Old Brentwoods and Wymondham who sit just below them in the NE3 standings.