Confidence growing as Wisbech look to preserve London North-East Division Three status
Wisbech will do battle against their old rivals Cantabrigian tomorrow as they look to strengthen their hopes of staying in London North-East Division Three.
The Harecroft Road outfit, who were promoted last season, have hauled themselves out of the drop zone with two victories in their last three matches. However, they sit just two points above trouble, and know a win in their final home game of the campaign can give them some much–needed breathing space ahead of matches at Harlow and Beccles.
Captain David Wadsley said: 'Beating East London gave us hope and then beating Sudbury got the good feeling back in the camp. The players are back on side and believe in themselves again.
'There's a lot of history between us and Cantabs so it would have mattered if it was just a normal league game. It would still have been a cup final for us, even though we've said each match recently has been huge and this is just as huge, if not even bigger.
'There's always been a rivalry and our old coach (Steve Drawbridge) is there. But it's always been about Cantabs. We see it as a bit of a local derby with Ely and Newmarket not being around now.'
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Wisbech's upturn in form also received a boost when Canvey, who along with Sudbury currently occupy the two remaining relegation places, lost their game in hand.
And Wadsley admits their defeat at Harlow, coupled with a narrow 12-3 loss at league leaders Norwich last time out, has given those in Wisbech red belief they can pull off the great escape.
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'When the little things start going your way it can make a huge difference. Canvey and Sudbury haven't got easy run-ins either,' said the captain, who thanked team-mate Mark Laws for taking coaching sessions in recent weeks.
'Anyone watching as a neutral at Norwich would have thought that we should have got at least a losing bonus point. The weather is getting better, the pitches are getting firmer – which suits us – and we're coming back to how we started the season – playing attacking rugby. '
Joe Barfoot (hamstring) and Tom Martell (broken bone in hand) are unavailable for the visit of the Cambridge-based side, who sit fourth. Shane Vickers should be fit after having seven stitches out of a chin wound he sustained during the loss at Norwich.
In Greene King Eastern Counties Division mid-table West Norfolk host Ely.