Newmarket take their time to overcome lowly hosts
GREENE KING LEAGUE
Fourth-placed Newmarket remain in pursuit of the teams in second and third after recording a big victory at Beccles on Saturday.
However, despite having a full compliment of players, the visitors started the game in slow fashion, not helped by the kit clash that was on show.
Newmarket made the occasional foray into their opponents’ half, but it was Beccles who made all of the attacks.
One run along the wing looked like it would end in a certain try for the home side until Harvey Bell made a timely interception.
And from that moment onwards, Dave Sayer’s Newmarket started to control proceedings.
In the 28th minute prop Mark Cooper thundered over the line to score the first try of the match, with Tom Clifton taking on the kicking duties with aplomb.
Two minutes later Harvey Bell, ball in hand, spun around and grounded the ball. Again, Clifton was accurate with the boot.
Ali Walker scored Newmarket’s other try before the interval, leaving Clifton with a routine conversion.
Just four minutes into the second half Dan Johnson scored Newmarket’s fourth try and guaranteed the team a bonus point, with Spencer Pettitt and Sam Hillary getting in on the act.
Clifton converted to open up a 40-0 lead, which was soon slightly reduced as second-from-bottom Beccles’ refusal to down tools was rewarded by an unconverted try.
The final say on proceedings went to Newmarket, though, as Hillary, Walker and Owen Howes dotted down, one of which was converted by Clifton.
On Saturday, Newmarket play their final home game of the season against Colchester III (3pm).