Newmarket rack up opening-day win
Following last season’s demotion down to Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 West, Newmarket got the new campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 24-7 home win over Cottenham Renegades.
Speaking recently to the Journal, new coach Martyn Wall revealed that a top-four finish was the side’s target this term.
And it appears they have set their stall out early on with the weekend’s positive result.
However, proceedings did not start too well for Newmarket and in particular Connor Coxon, who suffered a head injury during his first tackle of the match.
After treatment Coxon was cleared of any major damage, but he did not take any further part in the contest.
For the first 25 minutes both sides battled hard, but eventually Dan Johnson crashed though to score Newmarket’s first try of the year.
Michael Reeves slotted the conversion between the posts and at 7-0 up, the home side were off and running for the 2018/19 season.
Six minutes later, and not content with his two points, Reeves touched down himself to extend Newmarket’s lead further.
He duly converted as well to send Newmarket into the break 14 points to the good.
Reeves was again among the points 17 minutes after the restart when he slotted in a penalty.
With Newmarket now beginning to dominate thanks to some impressive tackling, Simon Guenigault picked up the ball and joined the try scorers.
Reeves converted for the third time, handing his team a 24-point advantage.
To their credit, the visitors never gave up and they were rewarded before the conclusion with a consolation try, which was converted by their number 10.
It did little to alter the outcome on a positive day for Newmarket, who also handed debuts to colts players Lex Brown, Harry Robbins and Ryan Osborne.
Newmarket will look to continue their winning start when they make the short trip to Ely II on Saturday (3pm).
Ely’s second team were beaten 21-17 by March Bears on the opening day of the campaign.