EASTERN COUNTIES GREENE KING LEAGUE
Bury St Edmunds III 13
Newmarket RUFC chalked up their third win in a row after beating Bury St Edmunds III 20-13 at The Greene King IPA Haberden on Saturday.
Before the match there was a two-minute silence for a Bury St Edmunds club member and former referee, the late Gerry Lowden, which was gracefully respected by both sides, on a bitterly cold afternoon.
From the kick-off Newmarket immediately went on the attack and held possession and territorial advantage.
After eight minutes this pressure was rewarded with a fine try, grounded by scrum half and club chairman, Harvey Bell.
The try was converted by Michael Reeves kicking from the side line, as the visitors took an early 7-0 lead.
On the 13th minute, Simon Guenigault crossed the line to touch down and give Newmarket a 12-point lead.
The angle for the conversion from the try was too great for Reeves’ kicking magic to convert and the ball dropped below the bar.
Bury then rallied and scored a well-worked try, which was subsequently converted to reduce Newmarket’s lead to 12-7.
In the final 10 minutes of the first half both teams exchanged penalties, with Reeve adding to his tally of points for the season.
The second half started well for Newmarket and Ben Phipps scored a lovely try in the corner on 49 minutes to increase their lead.
The visitors continued to have most of the play, but the momentum of the match slowed, perhaps due to the cold weather.
In the end it was Newmarket who clinched another fine win, with head coach Dave Sayer pleased with the team’s performance and looking forward to the rest of the campaign ahead.
Newmarket currently occupy fourth place in the Eastern Counties Greene King League Division One table, ahead of hosting second-placed Wymondham this Saturday (2.30pm).
n Aaron Swanborough has been appointed as the new Eastern Counties women’s team manager with immediate effect.
The team’s next game will be a friendly against Essex on April 2, at Stowmarket RFC.