Humphreys insists Wisbech can be the team to beat in London North-East Division Three

Boss Cliff Humphreys insists Wisbech can be the team to beat this season - if they continue to perform like they did on Saturday.

The Harecroft Road club were in scintillating form as they hammered Harlow 43-7 on their return to London North-East Division Three.

And ahead of their first away trip of the season, to South Woodham Ferrers tomorrow, Humphreys believes his side can impress again if they match the display which left their boss 'exhilarated'.

He said: 'We started off a bit slowly but we didn't really have any meaningful warm-up games so I thought we might look a bit rusty.

'Yet when we found our touch, after going 7-0 down, Harlow - who finished third last season - weren't a match for us. I know they were away, and missing a few players, but it was the way we went about the game which was the best bit.

'The lads came off feeling there was room for improvement, which is a good thing. If we play to that level in our league games we're going to be the team to beat. Given the circumstances, I felt exhilirated afterwards and the lads were really happy too.'

Hooker Nathaniel Humphreys is doubtful for his side's trip to Essex while Richard Pearson, James Napier and Richard Cavill look set to miss the game through a range of prior commitments - including work.

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Wisbech will however be boosted by the return of influential crash centre Jon Turner and Humphreys is refusing to get downbeat about his missing players.

'Away games can be a bit of a problem for an amateur side because guys have to work and I respect that,' said Humphreys.

'Equally our second team have a fairly tough game against Holt two's and we don't want to decimate their team. We'd have liked to have gone there with the same squad we had on Saturday but these things happen and like every club we have to deal with it.

'We'll have a strong side, even if we have to re-jig it, but we might not have a complete bench.'

Greene King Eastern Counties Division One West Norfolk will also be going in search of back-to-back wins when they travel to Southwold.

Nigel Richardson's side gave him the perfect 49th birthday present by beating relegated Newmarket 29-8 at the weekend and the Wests boss is hoping for more of the same tomorrow.

'I said to the lads not to let me down because it was birthday and they didn't,' joked Richardson.

'It was a good start and we've got a bit more steel down the middle of our side this year which is going to be important because Southwold will be a tough game. They always have a big strong pack but we'll go there in confident mood.

'We've did well in the scrummage against some big teams in pre-season so hopefully we can come away with something.'

Adam Steele and Michael Skinner are both unavailable for their side's trip to the Suffolk coast.

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