Wisbech 7, Wymondham 13
PUBLISHED: 23:48 02 March 2011
Wymondham shook off their away day blues and eased the pressure on them at the bottom of the Division 3NE table with their first away win of the season.
In a very even match from start to finish Wymondham played with the wind in the first half. Despite being pinned back the visitors’ defence was solid and with their first venture into the Wisbech half they were awarded a penalty which Tom Wilson duly converted. The same pattern repeated itself 10 minutes later, with Wilson again stepping up to give Wymondham a 6-0 lead.
Wisbech struggled against the wind, with penalty kicks missing touch and countless knock-ons, but a well taken scrum against the head allowed them into the Wymondham 22 and when the ball was moved wide their inside centre strolled in under the posts, with the conversion going over for half-time score of 7-6.
Wymondham started the second half with a renewed energy, but the next 15 minutes could have proved costly. First Penia Sokia was yellow carded for a clumsy shoulder barge and then a poor tackle ended Wilson’s game, with a trip to hospital revealing two cracked ribs.
In between Wisbech had two penalty kicks at goal, one missing to the left and the other rebounding off the left post. With Kirk Vincent replacing Gareth Clifford and James Wyatt on for Wilson, Wymondham turned possession into territorial advantage and found themselves playing in the Wisbech half. Their efforts were awarded with two penalty kicks at goal but the strong wind meant they were both missed.
With a third penalty awarded Wymondham went to the corner and from the resulting catch and drive Lee Summers was able to pick and go, spinning out of the tackle and crashing over the line. Wyatt added the conversion to make the score 7-13 and Wymondham managed to hold out for the final seven minutes, prompting joyous scenes at the final whistle.
After the game Wymondham said farewell to James Wyatt, who is travelling around the Southern Hemisphere. The club look forward to his return next season.