Wisbech manager Humphreys pleased by shock London NE3 win over Sudbury

Friday, December 13, 2013
6:42 AM

Manager Cliff Humphreys praised Wisbech after they beat Sudbury 22-10 at Harecroft Road in London Three North East on Saturday.

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The Wisbech players, buoyed by a midweek training session with Bedford Blues players Darryl Veenendaal, whose father Leonard is club coach, and front row forward Nico Steenkamp, produced their best performance of the season.

Wisbech conceded early penalties but Sudbury’s kicker missed three penalty attempts. The hosts then settled down and the forwards started to take control of the game.

After a period of sustained pressure, Shane Vickers scored out wide to give Wisbech the lead. Sudbury fought back and managed to out flank Wisbech’s defence to level matters.

But Wisbech scored again before half time through Vickers, who scored a carbon copy of his first try. Man of the match fly-half Steven Preist added two tries after the break, with Sam Anderson nailing a touchline conversion.

Sandwiched between Preist’s double was Sudbury’s final try.

Humphreys said: “I was pleased with the intensity of the performance. It was the same players we have used all season but they finally realised we can do to other teams what they do to us.

“Ben Chapman once again was a key performer along with James Napier in the centre. Nathan Goodale had his best game for the club putting in some bone crunching tackles.

“Sudbury did not like it but we did nothing wrong. Rugby is meant to be a physical game.”

Humphreys paid tribute to club coach Leonard Veenendaal, who joined Wisbech in the summer.

He said: “Leonard is great to work with. He bleeds rugby. He even sent his wife Tracy to watch Old Cooperians play Sudbury and she brought back valuable video footage of that game so we could set a game plan.

“We both believe this squad is capable of more. We are only five points behind third place so hopefully we can push on and achieve a good finish this season.”

Wisbech travel to rivals Cantabrigian tomorrow.

Humphreys added: “We beat them at Harecroft Road earlier this season but they will be stronger at home so we need to match the intensity we produced against Sudbury.”

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