Wisbech set for nerve-jangling final-day relegation decider in London North-East Division Three

Wisbech Rugby v  Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams. Wisbech Rugby v Brentwoods. Picture: Steve Williams.

Friday, April 11, 2014
11:53 AM

Wisbech need to win their game tomorrow before they can even think about pulling off the great escape.

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The Harecroft Road club must beat Beccles to stand any chance of remaining in London North-East Division Three. But even that will not be enough to save them if Old Brentwoods avoid defeat at Upminster.

It’s set to be a nerve-janging day for the two clubs who are scrapping it out to avoid finishing in the final NE3 relegation place and boss Cliff Humphreys knows his side’s plight is simple to evaluate.

Wisbech’s manager said: “Our league survive is going to go down to the last round of games. We are at home to Beccles who are now secure having taken two losing bonus points from their home to defeat to Campion.

“Relegation is now between Brentwood, who won at the weekend, and us. If we beat Beccles and Brentwood lose away to Upminster we will survive. Any other results will mean that we are down.”

Brentwoods have a two-point advantage over third-from-bottom Wisbech but were hammered in their home encounter against Upminster on the opening day. That scoreline, added to the fact Wisbech pushed Beccles close on the same day, has given Humphreys hope.

And even though the Fenlanders lost 55-19 at Sudbury on Saturday to set-up a thrilling final-day decider, the men in red feel they can take some confidence from their display on the road.

Humphreys said: “On paper Saturday was always going to be a difficult game as we battle to survive in London NE3. The pitch at Sudbury is probably the widest pitch in the league and the home side will always select a squad which will take advantage of the conditions.

“Saturday was no exception as the Sudbury back-line were a fast powerful unit going forward. The final scoreline did flatter the home side though. It did not reflect the commitment and passion shown by the 16-man squad who travelled to play the game. It was disappointing that once again we struggled to put out a full squad but the players who did travel took the game to the home side.

“I cannot fault the players’ commitment. The squad really did deserve something out of the match.”

Either Wisbech – who only returned to NE3 in 2012 – or Brentwoods will join the already relegated Wymondham and Canvey Island in dropping out of the league tomorrow afternoon.

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