Newmarket boost chances of survival with win over high-flying Woodbridge

AMONG THE TRIES: Captain Simon Guenigault scored the opening try of the match as Newmarket went on to record a morale boosting 21-15 success over fourth-placed Woodbridge on Saturday.
AMONG THE TRIES: Captain Simon Guenigault scored the opening try of the match as Newmarket went on to record a morale boosting 21-15 success over fourth-placed Woodbridge on Saturday.

IPA GREENE KING

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE
DIVISION ONE

Newmarket 41

Woodbridge 15

Newmarket Rugby Club further enhanced their chances of avoiding relegation by sealing an impressive victory over fourth-placed Woodbridge.

The match started in the best possible way for Newmarket. Within two minutes, captain Simon Guenigault scored a try on the wing.

Just four minutes later, Ali Walker reached across the line to take the score to 10-0 before Woodbridge started to apply the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty.

The home side’s concentration seemed to wane and a series of silly infringements led to Sam Nelson being sent to the sin bin.

Down to 14 men, Newmarket eventually succumbed to a try by Woodbridge following a prolonged period of pressure.

However, a perfectly weighted grubber kick from Walker allowed Guenigault to touch down and score his second try as the first half finished 15-10 to Newmarket.

Four minutes into the second half and after some excellent passing, Newmarket scored their fourth try with Sam Rodman touching down and Michael Reeves converting.

That pressure continued and just two minutes later Walker crashed over the line to his second try.

Despite leading comfortably, the home side gave themselves an uphill task by having two men sent to the sin bin.

Inevitably, Woodbridge took advantage of this and scored a try. However, this would turn out to be the last points the opposition would score.

With a full complement of 15 reinstated, Newmarket went on to add another seven points, with Matthew Kent scoring and Reeves converting.

With the final play of the match, Max Bell broke away to run half the length of the pitch and score. Reeves again converted to wrap up a third victory in four for Newmarket to leave them just four points behind fourth-from-bottom Mersea Island, who they face in their next encounter away on April 16.

After the match, head coach Dave Sayer said: “It was a great day to be a Newmarket supporter, but a better one to be the coach.

“When you work hard at training with the players, you are always are looking to see the differences it makes on game day.

“We played some of our best rugby to date and made a well drilled side, who are fourth in the league, look shellshocked.”