EASTERN COUNTIES ONE: Fired-up Long urges Wisbech Rugby Club to wreck Cantabrigian’s 100pc record
Fired-up captain Tom Long has called for Wisbech Rugby Club to win their 'game of the season' tomorrow and end rivals Cantabrigian's 100pc record.
Wisbech, who now look like they will need to win an end of season play-off against an Essex side to gain promotion, welcome table-topping Cantabrigians in a crunch Greene King Eastern Counties Division One clash tomorrow (3pm).
A win in their final league game of the season would not only wreck their visitors' phenomenal record but ensure that Wisbech end the campaign with a huge achievement of their own – namely winning every game at home.
Long said: 'We've got a point to prove. Everybody wants to win in what is the game of the season.
'It would be nice to beat them as the only side that has gone up from this league in recent years with a 100pc record is us. It would be lovely to take that accolade away from them.
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'It's difficult to go a campaign without losing and we want to put a blot on their perfect season. We're always confident at home and we get great support at Harecroft Road. We've had a proud record here for a couple of seasons now and we want to continue that. It's looking like we will have to win a play-off match to get promotion so we need to keep our momentum going and give ourselves a chance of winning the title if Cantabs slip up.'
Cantabs, managed by former Wisbech coach Steve Drawbridge won the return 12-6 in December.
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Graham Saunders, Tom Martell and Will Pettit are available for Wisbech again, but Andy Heighton, sent off during Saturday's 21-12 win at Crusaders, will miss out through suspension.
Elsewhere, fifth-placed West Norfolk host Crusaders in their final home league game of the season.
Influential centre Dave Evans is unavailable with a shoulder injury that has ended his season early as Nigel Richardson's charges look to bounce back from consecutive defeats. The West manager said: 'We've got a few things planned for the day so we hope to continue the party atmosphere by winning. We're looking to finish on a high as I don't want our season to just fizzle out.'
West go into the match comfortable in mid-table but Crusaders have everything to play for as they battle against the drop.
They are currently second from bottom in the table but could overtake the three sides above them – Woodbridge, Mersea Island and Southwold – with a good finish.
There's an interesting derby match in Division Two with Thetford playing host to Swaffham. Just three points separate the top four, with the hosts fourth and their visitors two points above them in third, having played one more game.
Top two Hadleigh and Thurston meet in another mouthwatering encounter, so the winners at Two Mile Bottom are guaranteed to be in the top two come tomorrow evening.