Norwich punished for poor display

WISBECH 34, NORWICH 10: This was a poor performance from Norwich to say the least. They were caught cold by a determined Wisbech team desperate to avoid relegation from Division 3NE whereas Norwich had nothing to play for except pride.

Wisbech contended fiercely at the breakdown, turning Norwich possession over time and time again. It was from such a turnover that Wisbech scored after two minutes when scrum-half Will Pettitt, who was man of the match, scorched through a hole to touch down halfway out. Fly-half Tom Long could not convert the score.

On their first sortie into enemy territory Norwich were awarded a penalty which Rob Micklethwaite converted to reduce the arrears. But Norwich could not hang onto possession long enough to build any pressure and it was no surprise when Long made a telling break after yet another turnover which was finished off by Pettitt going over under the posts. Long added the conversion to make the score 12-3 in favour of the hosts.

Norwich were fortunate that Wisbech did not score again until just before half-time due to a combination of some desperate defence and some poor finishing by the home side. However it was Pettitt again who scored under the posts after another fine break which effectively killed the game as a contest. Long had no problem with the conversion.

After a half-time talking to Norwich did come more into the game by securing possession and with a succession of driving mauls were unlucky not to score. However another conceded penalty saw Norwich defending again and in doing so they gave away a penalty which Long kicked. Moments later a clean break in the centre was well supported for Wisbech's No 7 to wrap up the game for the home side.

Norwich got a consolation try when Jon Snowling touched down after a rolling maul with Rob Micklethwaite converting but Wisbech added a further try by Long which he converted to give them the win they thoroughly deserved.

High-flying Lowestoft and Yarmouth were awarded the points at the weekend when their scheduled opponents Newmarket were unable to raise a team. They remain one point behind leaders Basildon, who beat Bancroft 51-14.