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Match Report

Wisbech 5 Norwich 18


Wisbech 5 Norwich 18

Norwich became the first side to win at Chapel Road this season and with Beccles losing at home went to the top of the table.


This was a workmanlike performance from Norwich based on a rock solid defence their only lapse being in opening minutes when the Wisbech fly half Will Pettit shot through a gap to score a try which went unconverted. This was to be their only score  of the game which early on looked unlikely as they were all over the visitors in the first fifteen minutes.


JC Brown gets the ball clear.

Norwich clawed their way back into the  game and were helped when the Wisbech open side Jack Smith was yellow carded for foul play. Despite getting themselves into opposition territory Norwich could not get the vital score until a superb break by Jordi Walker was finished off by Scott Hancocks who scored half way out. Scrum half JC Brown kicked the conversion to give Norwich  the lead at the interval by seven points to five.


Jordi Walker back for the first time in several weeks

The second half saw Norwich get on top and after 15 minutes Walker made another fine break after the referee had played an excellent advantage to score in the corner. Walker was a thorn in the opposition’s side all afternoon. The try was not converted.


Jordi's excellent reach for the line when he wasn't held in the tackle.


Dave Micklethwaite and Mike Hindle take the play upfield

Norwich increased their lead with a penalty from Brown after 26 minutes Wisbech having fluffed an earlier attempt at a penalty.
With half an hour gone Wisbech missed yet another penalty attempt. Norwich came straight back and should have scored again when Walker was put away with just the full back to beat but was brought down just short of the line.


Another returnee from injury, David Byrne had an excellent first game back.

However with 42 minutes gone on the clock Brown wrapped the game up for Norwich with another penalty just before the final whistle.

Report Chris Gillham

And some more pictures...


Dougie Greenwwod who had an excellent game and ripped the Wisbech defence open on several occasions


Despite feeling under the weather, Jonny Wheater played really well and here flips the ball up to Si Darby as he is tackled.


One of several really good driving mauls that Norwich got going during this game


Lawrence Austin seizes a photo opportunity to be nicely framed by the two protaginsits. Nice eye for creative detail Lawrence!


And not to be left out of the picture, brother Nick takes the wind out of a Wisbech attacker.


Dougie Greenwood


Thanks very much to the Wisbech club member that walked the pitch before the game, clearing it of undesirable deposits left by irresponsible dog owners. It was very much appreciated.

Captain Dave Micklethwaite was asked by our Wisbech hosts to nominate his man of the match and chose Jordi Walker. He was also asked to select 'Dick of the day' and picked Mark Fernie for being lifted and driven backwards by the talented Wisbech flyhalf Will Pettit who is not the biggest player on the Wisbech team.

This was a no-contest drinking session. Syderstone boy versus North Eastern boy/ex squadie. Both were made to drink a second pint due to not complying with the (probably unknown until that point) Wisbech tradition of left handed drinking. Fernie again, needless to say!

It was great to see the three 'sick-notes' back, Jordi Walker, Pete Hoskings and David Byrne, all three of whom had significant parts to play in this grafting performance. 


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