RFU JUNIOR VASE
Newmarket saw their dreams of playing at Twickenham put on hold after crashing out of the third round of the RFU Junior Vase on Saturday.
Both sides were forced into making several changes from the teams they fielded when clashing in their Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division One fixture last month, which went the way of Wisbech.
Despite the changes — which for Newmarket included a seasonal reappearance for veteran forward Sherard Franklin —this was no less of a battle, one which unfortunately for Newmarket they were not quite good enough to win.
Wisbech were on top in almost all facets of the game and it is some credit to the home side that despite the missing players they were still in the game with 10 minutes to play before Wisbech rounded the game off with two well-taken tries.
Newmarket opened the scoring as the rain fell through a penalty from the trusty boot of Mike Reeves.
Newmarket’s lead was to last until the 25th minute when Wisbech scored a converted try to hand them a 7-3 advantage they would take into the break.
The first score of the second half was going to be vital and it was the visitors who got it when crossing the line for the second time.
Although the conversion was missed, Wisbech’s lead stood at nine points.
Reeves reduced the deficit to a single score with his second penalty of the afternoon.
Despite some massive shifts put in against a notoriously physical opposition, notably from Tom Peacock, the effort began to tell and as the game wore on Newmarket ran out of a of steam with Wisbech putting the game out of sight with two unconverted tries to leave as the 22-6 victors.
Newmarket will look to put their exit behind them when entertaining Wymondham in the league on Saturday (2pm).