Newmarket suffer whitewash defeat in their season opener

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GREENE KING IPA

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Thetford 53

Newmarket 0

Newmarket began the new Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division One season with a whitewash 53-0 defeat away at Thetford.

Looking at the scoreline you could be forgiven for thinking that Newmarket put up a poor performance, but this could not be further from the truth.

Newmarket were out-scored, outplayed and at times outrun by their hosts, but never did the heads of this predominantly young team drop.

Newly-appointed captain Simon Guenigault led out what is essentially a new squad for Newmarket, having seen the retirement of several long serving players at the end of last season.

With stalwarts Ray Richardson and Harvey Bell both still with the club, the aim for Newmarket this season is to craft the players into a well-organised unit.

The teams were level until Thetford scored the first try in the 14th minute, and by half-time the score had increased to 24 points.

The hosts ran in nine tries, converting four of them to finish with 53 unanswered points and consign Newmarket to a heavy opening game defeat.

Reflecting after the first game loss, Newmarket coach Steve Drawbridge said: “Every single player gave his all.

“Not one head dropped and the team was fighting to the last minute despite the scoreline. They all showed commitment to the shirt and it’s this attitude which gives us a great platform on which to build and win matches in the future.”

Newmarket find themselves bottom of the Division One table after the opening weekend of fixtures, and return to action with a trip to local rivals Ely on Saturday (2pm).