EASTERN COUNTIES ONE: Pettit injury-worry for title-chasing Wisbech Rugby club coach McCall
Title-chasing Wisbech Rugby Club coach Ben McCall admits influential fly-half Will Pettit's season could be over due to a serious ankle injury.
The talented Number 10 hurt himself during Wisbech's 18-17 comeback win at Harwich & Dovercourt last Saturday and is 'extremely doubtful' for his side's Greene King Eastern Counties Division One trip to Ipswich YMCA tomorrow.
McCall said: 'We're awaiting news from a physio but I'm worried Will's injury could be long-term.
'It's a massive concern because although we've got others who can play in that role he is a fantastic player. His all-round skill level is brilliant, he is an outstanding ball carrier and for a small lad he packs a punch in the tackle too.'
Captain Tom Long should return for the trip to Ipswich along with a number of players who missed the Harwich game.
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McCall said: 'We're top and we just need to keep winning. We had a mish-mash side last weekend but we won and that's all that matters.
'The sign of a good side is that they can win when their backs are against the wall. If we can do that until the end of the season it'll come down to the final game against fellow challengers Cantabrigian – we don't want to slip up and gift them the title before then.'
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Elsewhere, fourth-placed West Norfolk travel to struggling Mersea Island with manager Nigel Richardson urging his side to get out of the blocks quickly.
West – who beat Woodbridge 14-7 on Saturday – came from behind once again to secure the win and Richardson hopes his side won't have to do the same again tomorrow.
'I keep saying to the players let's not start too slowly because eventually we won't be able to claw games back,' said West's manager.
'We're doing extremely well for a young side. We seem to improve as games go on due to our fitness levels and our extremely fast and fit wingers have been our get out of jail card at times.
'However, it's a long trip to Essex and sometimes work commitments cause you a late issue with selection, so we certainly won't be taking Mersea – or any side – lightly.'
Captain Michael Skinner may be available for selection again after missing the Woodbridge win through work commitments.