‘Reserves’ give Wisbech boss a timely tonic


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A fine display from the club's seconds helped manager Cliff Humphreys feel there is a bright future at Harecroft Road – even if Wisbech get relegated.

While the senior side are looking increasingly likely to drop out of London North-East Division Three, the 'reserves' have enjoyed a fine run to move away from trouble in Norfolk Division Two.

And an 18-12 win at high-flying Wymondham III was enough to raise Humphreys' spirits ahead of Wisbech's home clash with Harlow tomorrow.

The Fenland outfit's chief said: 'The weekend results did not do Wisbech's survival chances any favours as fellow strugglers Beccles beat high-flyers Cantabs to secure four points.

'I thoroughly enjoyed watching the second team play on Saturday though. If we do get relegated to Eastern Counties One, I am confident, thanks to the efforts of Olly Mackett (captain) that there are enough young talented players in the club to start the rebuilding process next season.'

'The victory was very much down to Olly's ability to persuade young players to play rugby for him. It was an very entertaining performance and it was great to see a Wisbech team play with such pride and passion.'

The club's first team are two points away from safety in NE3 having played a game more than their nearest rivals Old Brentwoods.

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Brentwoods have four matches left, starting at home to Wanstead this weekend, while Wisbech have just three as they look to avoid dropping down to the league that their rivals West Norfolk currently top.