Newmarket restore some festive cheer with timely victory

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Newmarket 22

Mersea Island 5

Newmarket Rugby Club gifted their fans some festive cheer with a timely second win of the season, overcoming Mersea Island.

Gaining the bonus point for scoring four tries, Newmarket still sits at the bottom of the league, but the three teams above are all within easy striking distance.

Mersea Island took an early lead and scored an unconverted try after eight minutes.

Newmarket responded by keeping up a pressured attack on the away team.

In a well planned move, the ball came out of a scrum in the centre of the pitch, was fed along the backline to winger Harvington Bell, who burst down the wing to score a great try.

Seven minutes later, with a scrum 15 metres from the Mersea Island line, the Newmarket pack took control and pushed their opponents backwards.

After some superb ball control from Tom Peacock keeping the ball in the scrum as it moved up to the try line, Newmarket was awarded a penalty try.

Tom Clifton converted to put Newmarket ahead, 12-5.

The third try was scored by Joe Stafford after 31 minutes following another concerted attack from Newmarket.

When the half time whistle was blown, Newmarket held a commanding 17-5 lead.

With three tries under their belt, Newmarket started the start half determined to score the fourth try and gain the bonus point. Twenty minutes later, Max Bell cruised smoothly down the wing to score the all-important try.

Newmarket return to action in the new year on Saturday, January 9, with a visit from Ely.