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Ipswich YM 32
Newmarket Rugby Club failed to build on the momentum of a first win of the season last time out as they fell to a 32-12 defeat away at Ipswich YM.
After a delayed start to proceedings, the home team kicked off the match with the biting cold wind behind them, and this helped them play in Newmarket’s territory for a large part of the first half.
After eight minutes, Newmarket conceded a try, which was converted before YM went on to score two more tries, a conversion and a penalty to head into the interval with a 22-0 advantage.
With the wind behind them in the second half, Newmarket started with determination and scored two tries in the first six minutes.
The first saw Ali Walker, making his first appearance of the season, burst through the YM line and run past a host of their players on his way to crashing over.
Although the try was not converted, Newmarket spectators were soon cheering again when, three minutes later, Harvey Bell charged away from a tap penalty and scored the second try.
With Tom Clifton converting the try, the score stood at 22-12.
Both sides battled hard sharing possession until the 65th minute when YM extended their lead, kicking a penalty, before, for the next 15 minutes, in the floodlit but gloomy light, the battle resumed.
Newmarket put up a great defence, holding up the ball from a couple of potential tries but, by the end of the match, YM scored another converted try to wrap up proceedings and seal a 32-12 victory.
The result leaves Newmarket bottom of the league with five points, four adrift of second-bottom placed side Thurston.
Newmarket will be aiming to bounce back from the setback on Saturday when they resume their Vase Cup quest with a second round encounter away at Royston.
Journal man of the match: Stephen Mclean. Promising debut for the first team after stepping up from the development squad.
n Elsewhere, Newmarket’s development squad saw their recent run of winning form brought to an abrupt end as they slipped to a 39-7 defeat to Wisbech II in Division Three West.