GREENE KING LEAGUE
After opening the new season with back-to-back victories, Newmarket were sent crashing back down to earth with a hefty defeat at Thetford on Saturday.
From the start, Newmarket were put under severe pressure, but it was not until the 15th minute that Thetford opened the scoring with a penalty.
Despite some decent defending from the visitors, Thetford ran in their first try midway through the first half and went into the break with a 22-0 advantage.
During the second half, Newmarket’s defensive exertions took their toll as a number of players picked up injuries.
One of those to be forced off the field was captain Matthew Kent, who sustained a shoulder problem and may face a period on the sidelines.
While Newmarket head coach Dave Sayer was left to contend with a host of fitness concerns, Thetford showed no mercy by running in a total of six tries to seal a comfortable margin of victory.
After the final whistle, the club’s director of rugby, Raymond Richardson, refused to be downbeat and instead praised the effort the players had shown.
“I am so proud that the team didn’t give in and made Thetford work right up until the end,” he said.
“Despite the score this was not a walkover.
“We will go away, regroup as a team and look forward to the return match later this season.”
n Newmarket return to home comforts this Saturday when Ipswich YM will provide the opposition (3pm).
Ipswich currently sit third in the table thanks to their return of two victories from three outings so far this season.
Newmarket, meanwhile, are fifth and two points adrift of the visitors.
After the encounter the club will host a ball to celebrate its 60th anniversary.