Newmarket suffer another loss despite improved performance

SAFE HANDS: Ryan Arnel successfully gathers a lineout (above) while Phil McBride forces his way over for a try for Newmarket (below) on Saturday
SAFE HANDS: Ryan Arnel successfully gathers a lineout (above) while Phil McBride forces his way over for a try for Newmarket (below) on Saturday

GREENE KING IPA

EASTERN COUNTIES

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Newmarket 7

Swaffham 10

Winless Newmarket slipped to a fifth successive defeat despite a much-improved performance against visiting Swaffham on Saturday.

Newmarket made a great start and for the first 10 minutes all the play was firmly in the Swaffham half.

In the 30th minute, after some great passing, Phil McBride dived across Swaffham’s try line and took Newmarket into a deserved lead. Danny Brooks consolidated the lead by converting the try.

Not long after this there was a slight disagreement between the front rows which resulted in both sides losing a man.

Unfortunately for the home team, Swaffham was able to capitalise on the reshuffling of positions and scored an unconverted try to reduce Newmarket’s lead to 7-5 at the break.

After 12 minutes of the second half Swaffham scored a try, but again failed to convert.

Newmarket too had a problem with the kicking and failed to score two further penalty attempts.

Some of Swaffham’s dubious tactics of spoiling Newmarket’s chances to take a quick penalty led to much frustration amongst the Newmarket players and spectators alike.

Eventually the referee recognised the issue and penalised the away team.

As the match neared the end, Newmarket put up a fine attack and applied a lot of pressure, but were unable to score again.

Team captain, Simon Guenigault said “We now have a platform on which to build and start winning matches this season. There is now real competition for places in the team and this helps each player to up his game”.