Second-half blitz earns Newmarket the victory

NEW SPONSORS: The Alan Boswell Group will sponsor Newmarket RFC. (From left) Dave Sayer (head coach), Rob Reeve (ABG), Matthew Kent (captain), Dee Wesley (ABG), Ray Richardson (director of rugby) and Ian Bowes (ABG)
NEW SPONSORS: The Alan Boswell Group will sponsor Newmarket RFC. (From left) Dave Sayer (head coach), Rob Reeve (ABG), Matthew Kent (captain), Dee Wesley (ABG), Ray Richardson (director of rugby) and Ian Bowes (ABG)
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EASTERN COUNTIES

GREENE KING LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Newmarket 35

Wymondham 18

In front of their new sponsors, Newmarket produced one of their best displays of the season to topple second-placed Wymondham on Saturday.

The tone was set for a high-scoring affair within the first five minutes as both sides ran in a try — Newmarket’s coming courtesy of Max Bell.

The hosts regained the lead through Sam Hillary, with Michael Reeves converting, before the latter’s drop goal made it 15-7.

However, Wymondham remained in contention at the break with two penalties to reduce the arrears to 15-13.

During the second half, though, Newmarket took control, starting with captain Matthew Kent’s 46th-minute try.

Reeves converted and followed that up with another drop goal, with tries following courtesy of Ben Phipps and Bell.

Wymondham pulled back a late try, but it was only a consolation score as Newmarket held out for the victory.

Next time out on Saturday, March 4, Dave Sayer’s fourth-placed side travel to Crusaders (3pm), who are one place and four points better off in the current league standings.