Wisbech head to London aiming to keep Senior Vase dream alive

Wisbech will be aiming to join fierce rivals West Norfolk in the third round of a national cup competition by beating Old Merchant Taylors tomorrow.

Lower-level Wests have been given a bye in the Junior Vase after their opponents Maldon were ejected for fielding an ineligible player in the first round. But Senior Vase hopefuls Wisbech will have to earn their passage from the second round when they make the trip to North London hoping to keep their Twickenham dream alive.

'This looks to be a hard game for us as Merchant Taylors play in London North West Division Three,' said manager Cliff Humphreys, whose team play in the corresponding London North East division.

'They thrashed Beccles of our league away in the last round but our whole squad improved at the weekend and it was a great team effort so hopefully we can take that into our latest away trip.'

Wisbech, ninth in their 12-team league, finally chalked up their first win on the road this term by beating fellow strugglers Wymondham 20-17 on Saturday.

Tries from Ben Chapman, Shane Vickers and Nathaniel Humphreys, plus points from the boot of Sam Anderson, sealed the hard-fought victory in a match affected by heavy wet conditions.

Up the A47 in North Wootton, near King's Lynn, West Norfolk were enjoying a fixtureless weekend – which has now become a matchless fortnight. But boss Nigel Richardson believes the break has come at the perfect time for his in-form troops.

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He said: 'Obviously it's disappointing that the lads won't have a game this weekend, but it gives us some time to regroup as we look to push forward with our cup and league ambitions.'

West now sit second in Greene King Eastern Counties Division One, two points behind a side they have beaten in Ely, but with a game in hand.

Captain Lawrence Savage said: 'We're pleased with the progress that we've made so far as a squad to date but realise that there are still some tough challenges ahead, starting with an away trip to Broadland next Saturday.

'It's been great to see the younger guys start to come of age. Some growing strength in depth has provided the coaches and myself with a number of selection headaches, albeit, these are nice problems to have.'

Swaffham – who have not lost in five games – are also without a fixture tomorrow. They sit fourth in the table, 10 points behind Ely.