Saturday, March 2, 2013
Captain David Wadsley is urging his Wisbech team-mates to leave nothing on the pitch today in the club’s relegation clash with Sudbury.
The fired-up skipper insists a second victory in a row – which would see them leapfrog the Suffolk strugglers and move out of the drop zone – is essential to keeping up their hopes of staying in London North-East Division Three.
A 27-18 win at already-relegated East London on Saturday has given Wisbech hope of pulling off the great escape but Wadley believes a win this afternoon would be even more crucial.
He said: “It’s massive. If we get the win, which I’m not going to say we will do but it’s certainly do-able, then we have a chance. Saturday gave us a chance but with this one, we just have to nail it. It will lift us psychologically and that confidence should carry on into our rugby for our last few games.
“We always should have beaten East London but it could have been a banana skin. Saturday should fully give us the spark, the inspiration to go for it. If we play with the sort of confidence and togetherness that we did there I am quietly confident we can turn Sudbury over.
“Things are starting to come back together. Pitches are drying up, which suits our style, and a few more players are available for us.”
Wisbech stopped a run of nine straight defeats and lifted some of the gloom engulfing ‘fortress Harecroft Road’ ahead of the huge fixture. Four successive home triumphs at the start of the season raised hopes that the club could gain back-to-back promotions. But since a loss to Norwich in December, Wisbech haven’t won on their own turf and Wadsley admits that’s where the downward spiral began.
“We all talk about ‘fortress Harecroft Road’ and we thought it was impenetrable. But they broke us that day and for want of a better term the rot set in” said Wadsley.
“Canvey Island was the turning point (February 16). Although we lost we came away with a bonus point.
“We’ve been losing narrowly but we haven’t been playing as a team. But Canvey was completely different and we put up a hell of a fight and it wasn’t a bad result at all. Hopefully we can get a big crowd down there on Saturday to cheer us on to what would be a huge win for us.”
After Saturday Wisbech have just four matches to save themselves from sliding immediately back into Greene King Eastern Counties Division One. In that division, rivals West Norfolk will be looking to return to winning ways after a defeat at Woodbridge. Nigel Richardson’s mid-table outfit visit eight-placed Mersea Island.