Newmarket pick up first bonus point in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 Shield during win over Colchester III
Newmarket delivered on head coach Martyn Wall’s challenge to pick up their first bonus point in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 Shield by recording a 28-25 win over Colchester III on Saturday.
The Scaltback side were the only team in the division not to have picked up an extra point since the second phase got under way earlier this year, but they put that right by running in four tries against their Essex opposition.
However, the hosts made the worst possible start to the encounter when a loose pass from Jamie Judd sent Colchester through for a converted try with only 45 seconds on the clock.
And Newmarket fell further behind in the 21st minute as Colchester added another converted try to go 14-0 in front.
A further 10 minutes passed before Newmarket troubled the scoreboard for the first time after Harvey Bell’s determined run saw him dot down, with Michael Reeves adding the extras.
But the good feeling soon evaporated thanks to a third Colchester try, which although went unconverted, still sent the visitors into the break with a 19-7 advantage.
Newmarket skipper Max Bell scored the home side’s second try of the game early in the second half – converted by Reeves – but Colchester responded once again, this time via a penalty.
The scoreline remained 22-14 in the away side’s favour until the final 10 minutes when they went further in front with another penalty.
That was the end of Colchester’s scoring, but Newmarket were not finished and they soon moved to within two points of the opposition with a try from Judd that was converted by the accurate Reeves.
And, with time running out, Max Bell charged through to score to put Newmarket in front for the first time, followed by Reeves once again sending the conversion between the posts to wrap up the narrow victory.
Third-placed Newmarket travel to table-topping Beccles on Saturday (3pm) with eight points between the sides.