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TOUGH TEST IN RFU VASE

ACESS DENIED: Mike Reeves is hauled to the floor during Newmarkets 41-24 win over local rivals  Ely at Downham Road on Saturday.  MNJP-03-11-12.  Picture Richard Marsham.

ACESS DENIED: Mike Reeves is hauled to the floor during Newmarkets 41-24 win over local rivals Ely at Downham Road on Saturday. MNJP-03-11-12. Picture Richard Marsham.

Newmarket Rugby Club chairman Neil Richardson wants to see his side put another strong run together in this year’s RFU Junior Vase, starting with a victory over Old Cooperians on Saturday.

After receiving a bye in the first round of the competition Newmarket will entertain the Essex-based side at Scaltback this weekend as they battle for a place in the third round.

In recent years Newmarket have proved a force to be reckoned with in the competition, only to fall at the latter stages.

During the 2009/10 season the Scaltback side just missed out making it through to the national semi-final of the competition after going down to eventual winners Teddington in the South-East divisional final.

“We have a good tradition in this cup having done well in the past and I would like to see that tradition carry on this season,” said Richardson.

“Hopefully by putting in a good performance on Saturday it will give us a bit of a platform to build on for the rest of the season.”

Although unbeaten at home this year in the league Newmarket face no easy task on Saturday with their opponents currently sitting second in the Essex League Division One, having tasted defeat just once this season.

Newmarket will head into the clash on the back of recording their first away victory in the Eastern Counties League One having overturned local rivals Ely 41-24.

“We don’t know too much about our opponents so it will be a little bit of a case of heading into the unknown, “ said Richardson.

“I was very happy with the win on Saturday as it was our first on the road this year, but I am particularly pleased as it came at Ely.”

This Saturday’s match will also see the club’s new coach Ashley Jones experience his first RFU Vase match in charge of the club following his appointment in the role last month.

Since Jones’ arrival the club have won both their games under him, and Richardson is hoping that is a sign of things to come.

“Ashley is probably one of the most experienced coaches in this league and we are pleased to have him on board,” said Richardson.

“He has not had long to work with the players but I believe his previous coaching experience will bring a lot to the club.”

 

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