GREEN KING IPA EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE
After suffering five successive defeats, Newmarket RFC finally secured a first victory this season with a hard-fought 12-7 win at Thurston.
Newmarket lost the toss and started the first half playing uphill and into the wind.
The team put up a fine defence, putting in some great tackles. Indeed this huge defensive effort was to continue for the full 80 minutes.
Thurston had the opportunity to take an early lead, but fortunately for the visitors failed to kick the penalty.
However, after a quarter of an hour into the match, Thurston scored a try, which they converted to take a slender 7-0 lead into the interval.
For the second half Newmarket had the advantage of the slope and began to attack much more. After another missed penalty, Stephen Green ran a great line, taking the ball from Harvey Bell and crashing over the line to score Newmarket’s first try of the match.
With the wind playing havoc with the kicking there then followed a period of play with possession going back and forth between the two teams.
As the match neared the end, and with Newmarket trailing 7-5, the ball went out wide to Max Bell who sprinted down the wing and passed to Saul Wilson.
Wilson went on to score his first try for the team, and with the last kick of the match, Tom Clifton converted the try to give Newmarket 12-7 victory.
Following much celebration by the team after the match, head coach Ali Walker said: “This is my first win as a head coach and I’ve got to say it feels pretty good.”
Newmarket’s man of the match award went to Adam Moss who was seen at nearly every breakdown.
Newmarket’s next match is on November 21 when they will be hoping to build on the momentum of a maiden win when they travel to Ipswich YM.
n To round off a great weekend for the club, the development team racked up an impressive win, cruising to a 97-0 victory over St Ives.