GREENE KING IPA
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE
IPSWICH YM 29
Newmarket made it four games without defeat in the league on Saturday after staging a late fightback to turn over Ipswich YM.
After being forced into a reshuffle before the game problems continued for Newmarket in the first 10 minutes as Ipswich were gifted a brace of tries, of which one was converted to put them into a 12-0 lead.
Ray Richardson was rewarded for his industrious endeavour around the park when he collected a smart pass from Harvey Bell following one of a number of smooth breaks by the scrum half. Mike Reeves judged the conversion perfectly and Newmarket were back in business.
It was not many more minutes before Newmarket were level, Ben Phipps with a sharp finish in the corner following an excellent passage of interplay. The difficult conversion fell short and the game was tied up 12-12.
Immediately after the break Ipswich rallied and were rewarded with a well taken try and good conversion to retake the lead. It was shortlived however, as almost directly from the restart Joe Parr obtained the ball and set off on a solo run before outrageously selling a dummy to the full back to score under the posts and give Reeves a simple conversion to level it up at 19-19.
Newmarket had once again got themselves back into contention only to give up two soft and slightly controversial scores in the space of five minutes to put Ipswich 29-19 up.
Newmarket were rescued when Max Bell crossed the line with Reeves once again making sure of the extras to make it 29-26 to the hosts.
With five minutes left Newmarket were ahead for the first time in the game as Phipps scored his second try of the game, which was converted by Reeves.
Ipswich tried to rally but fittingly it was Reeves who had the final say with a long range penalty attempt finding its target.