GREENE KING IPA
Max Bell provided a moment of inspiration to turn Newmarket on the path to a final win of the campaign, and in doing so take champions Southwold’s unbeaten record.
They had already guaranteed their third-place finish ahead of Crusaders, who finished four points behind, in a season which never really hit the heights they expected.
The hosts were able to field a well balanced team featuring the return of Matt Kent in place of Richie Harper.
The game began at a frantic pace and as Southwold conceded four penalties in as many minutes Harvey Bell kept the ball alive and ran the penalties back eventually sniping his way over for a solo opening score, Mike Reeves followed it up with the conversion, the first of his five successful attempts a goal to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead.
But Southwold got ahead 10-7 going into the break, having had the wind at their backs.
Newmarket took advantage of the conditions in their favour after the re-start, with three successful penalties by Reeves followed up by the pivotal solo converted effort from Bell, one of the stars of the season, to lead 23-10.
With the game and time well up, Southwold dropped a cheeky goal to reduce the deficit to 23-13 but they could do nothing to prevent the hosts from inflicting their first league defeat of the season.