Wisbech hoping fan power can roar them to a shock win over Junior Vase holders Battersea Ironsides
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Wisbech are hoping a bumper crowd can be their 16th man as they look to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Junior Vase history tomorrow.
The club hosts holders Battersea & Ironsides (1.30pm) in the semi-final of the London & SE divisions (south-east) section of the national tournament. If they win, they will be two games away from a final at Twickenham. However, the visitors are a fearsome proposition - the Surrey One outfit are unbeaten this campaign- and they will be bringing with them two coach-loads of supporters.
Manager Cliff Humphreys said: 'The visitors look to be a formidable outfit as they are unbeaten this season and their results on the road are very impressive.
'We have been at this stage of the competition a couple of times in the last 10 years. Unfortunately we have lost on both occasions. It would a boost to Wisbech to go one better this time.'
Wisbech warmed up for huge fixture with a 8-0 loss at Ipswich YMCA in Greene King Eastern Counties One on Saturday.
Head coach Leonard Veenendaal said he was pleased with the passion his troops showed in the hard-fought contest, despite defeat. His team go into Saturday's massive clash with major fitness doubts over skipper Solomon Prestidge, hooker Ollie Lake, centre De La Rey Veenendaal and number eight Greg Brownlow.
Veenendaal said: 'Losing Solomon would be a big loss but the boys are up for this game. We will train hard this week and make no mistake, we are 100pc focused on winning.
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'It will be physical and not for the faint heated but these are the sort of games every rugby player wants to play in. We can't wait for kick-off.'
Same-league Swaffham's relegation troubles deepened at the weekend when they lost 13-10 at home to Woodbridge – the side directly above them in the table.
The loss leaves the basement boys 13 points from safety with just six matches to go. They have a blank programme this weekend and return to action on Saturday February 21 against Wisbech.
In London Three-North East West Norfolk will be looking to make the most of playing their game in hand as they look to close the gap on Cantabrigian. West, third, know another five-point win at Wanstead, like they recorded at Stowmarket last time out, would move them to within five points of the second promotion place.