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Plenty more to come before Newmarket Rugby Club are playing to their potential




Head coach Martyn Wall believes that his Newmarket side have numerous gears to move through before they are playing to their potential.

The Scaltback outfit are due to return to action on Saturday for the first time since October 19 when they head to Cambridge-based Cantabrigian II (2pm).

Newmarket go into the weekend’s clash sitting second in the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West standings, nine points adrift of league-leading Cottenham Renegades with a potentially crucial game in hand.

RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (21022972)
RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (21022972)

And ahead of the lead up to Christmas, Wall is hopeful Newmarket will continue to improve.

“The results have been pretty pleasing but we are still not performing to our potential,” he said. “There is a lot more to come from this team and that is something to be excited by.

“Even in our last game against Bury St Edmunds, we won 36-0 and I did not think we played very well.

“It is a young team we have got together and they are starting to gel, which is something that is only going to get stronger and stronger.

One of the leading reasons behind Newmarket’s lack of match action in recent weeks has been opposition teams failing to raise a side.

Both Shelford III and Cambridge III have handed Newmarket walkover wins, but while his team have been awarded the points, it has been a source of great frustration for Wall.

The cancellations have not only robbed his team of the chance to pick up bonus points, it has also meant that he has been unable to utilise his big squad of players.

Wall said: “It is really frustrating to have games called off for that reason because our players need some game time.

“We have a big squad of players available at the moment – probably the biggest Newmarket has had for quite a long time – and yet we cannot get them out on the pitch.

“We are a small club punching above our weight and we have the desire and commitment to fulfil our fixtures, so it is really frustrating when some of the teams from big clubs in our division cannot do the same.”

While Newmarket sit second in the standings, Saturday’s opponents Cantabrigian II are down in fifth position having won just one of their five fixtures to date.

Last time out they pushed table-topping Cottenham all the way before succumbing to a narrow 16-13 defeat.


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