GREENE KING LEAGUE
Newmarket slumped to a fourth defeat in a row after Swaffham completed a 22-0 whitewash victory over the basement dwellers.
It was a disappointing performance from Newmarket, who before the match had a real belief they could claim their first win of 2016.
Perhaps it was over confidence which led to the poor display. With Swaffham just two places higher in the league, it suggested that it would be an even encounter.
However, handling mistakes and poor calls led to a scrappy game, which Swaffham prevailed in without conceding a single point.
In the first period, Newmarket held the majority of possession and spent most of the match in Swaffham’s half, yet it was the hosts who made the breakthrough with two tries helping them take a 12-0 lead into the interval.
The second half continued to provide a catalogue of mistakes by both sides, and resulted in a frustrating match for players and spectators alike.
Swaffham benefited by making fewer errors, and scored a penalty and converted a try to finish off worthy winners.
Newmarket remain bottom of the table on five points, and return to action a week on Saturday when they host fellow strugglers Thurston.
n Newmarket Under-13s produced their best performance of the season to run out 35-15 winners at Shelford.
Captain Gabe Jones got them off to a superb start with a break down the left wing and finished under the posts, before George Howard doubled their advantage to put the visitors 10-0 up.
The two teams shared tries before Charlie Morris and Jones helped Newmarket go 20-10 up, with further tries from Fred Kirk, Jones and Howard sealing a 35-15 win.
n Newmarket Under-12s returned to action with a trip to Sudbury, where the honours were shared with a win each for both sides.
Despite strong performances from Nick Brown and William Duncan, Newmarket lost the first game 15-10.
But fine play from Hugo Elliott, Riley Palmer and Aiden Raffe helped them win the second game 25-5.