Newmarket rack up three figures during big victory at Saffron Walden
Every team likes a big win and Newmarket certainly had that on Saturday, winning at Saffon Walden 102-5 in the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West.
With two tries scored in the first six minutes of the match, Newmarket's spectators knew that their team was going to make the trip worthwhile.
The match saw the welcome return of fly-half Tom Stuart after a two-year break following a bad leg injury and to mark his comeback Stuart scored 12 points by kicking six conversions in quite windy conditions.
The try-scoring started with Dan Johnson, who went on to score a hat-trick.Harry Robbins joined in with three tries, one of which saw him jig left and right, wrong-footing his opponents to touch down.
Vice-captain Jamie Judd, not content to have just a hat-trick, went on to score a four-try haul.
The encounter also saw two debut tries for Newmarket, one after 10 minutes by Christophe DuPont and the other by Freddie McKibbin, who scored another one minute from time.
Phil McBride scored arguably the best of all the tries, plucking the ball off the ground while running at full tilt, and touching it down with clinical precision. Not to be outdone, Lex Brown had a hot run to take the score to 100 and give that sinking feeling to his opponents.
With a darting run Max Bell hopped over the line to score on the hour mark, with Mike Reeves joining Stuart on kicking duties and racking up 10 points.
Saffron Walden suffered several injuries and eventually run out of replacements. With a huge lead, Newmarket agreed to drop two players in order to balance the numbers, yet they were still the dominant force.
Newmarket return to action on Saturday at home against Shelford III (3pm).
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