Wisbech were up for the game and it was a slow start for Ely. Wisbech crossed twice from Ely’s repeat infringements. The Tigers fought back when a well worked backs move saw Charlie Coupland make space down the wing. Oscar Edwards found a gap and put Jacob Muncey in for a try. Moments later Ely forced the ball wide and Coupland was involved again, he took the last man and offloaded to Joel Scott Paul who darted around the defence and dotted down under the posts. Ely scored again when they won the opposition line-out on their five-metre line and Muncey crashed over from close range.
In the second half Ely had the wind behind them and kept Wisbech camped in their twenty-two for the first ten minutes. Coupland charged down the clearance kick and touched down for a converted try. Ely then lost a man to the sin-bin and Wisbech made use of their one-man advantage, crossing twice. In a moment of confusion, Wisbech failed to convert their fourth try when the ball fell off the tee during the kicker’s run up. This would go on to make a difference for Wisbech as the score ended at 26-24 to Ely.
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