GREENE KING IPA EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Newmarket 36 Mersea Island 7: A near flawless first 40 minutes saw Newmarket run home four tries to put the result beyond doubt and bag a bonus-point win on Saturday.
Despite missing regulars Adam Smith, Ali Walker and Mike Reeves, Newmarket welcomed Simon Guenigault, Phil McBirde and stalwart Richie Harper back to the fold.
Pat Kearney was first on the scoresheet for Newmarket after touching down in the fifth minute, but he failed to add the conversion.
Kearney’s try was closely followed by one from Harper, who benefitted from the dominance gained up front by Daniele Terenzi, Ray Richardson and Ben Cooper as the scrum went forward and provided the number eight with a simple score.
The ever-present Kearney was on target with the conversion this time, but his kicking boots went astray shortly after when missing a simple penalty.
He immediately made arrears by popping up out wide to collect his second try of the game, but like his first try was unable to slot over the difficult conversion.
The fourth and final score of the half went to new Italian recruit Davide Chiusso, who broke from a rolling maul to power his was over.
Kearney booted over the conversion to give Newmarket a 24-0 lead after 35 minutes.
After such a devastating first half, it was inevitable that at some point Mersea Island would get some ball and find a rhythm with their big mid-field runners.
A series of infringements from the home side allowed the visitors to gain momentum and crash over for their only try of the afternoon, which was successfully converted.
After weathering the brief storm, Newmarket hit back with two scores in quick succession to completely kill the game off.
Ben Cooper smashed his way over from a simple lineout move before Ray Richardson was rewarded for an industrious afternoon with a try of his own to complete the scoring.
n Newmarket’s development side made it a double success for the club on Saturday by registering a 26-15 win over Wendons Ambo.
Despite trailing at the break, Newmarket stuck to the task and were rewarded by scoring the first converted try of the second period.
Great forward work was capitalised on with two more tries, both converted.
Ambo hit back with two scores of their own, but crucially the added extras were not gained.
After a period of sustained pressure, Newmarket crossed the line once more to round off the victory.