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Newmarket score more than 100 points during their Greene King 1 West derby against Ely Tigers II

Newmarket racked up three figures in their hefty 103-8 derby victory over Ely Tigers II on Saturday.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors when their first kick did not reach 10m.

Top-of-the-table Newmarket took full advantage as skipper Max Bell danced his way through to dot down, with Michael Reeves beginning a busy afternoon by sending the conversion between the posts.

Michael Reeves
Michael Reeves

Ely clawed their way back into the contest soon after with a penalty, but after that Newmarket took control.

Dan Johnson used his power to charge through the Ely defence for another try, while the homing device on Reeves’ boots was working well as he popped the ball over the bar.

A dominant scrum then helped the hosts steal the ball from Ely and Matthew Kent slipped through between the posts and Reeves put another two on the board.

Matt Dyer added the bonus point try for Newmarket moments later, with Reeves once again on target.

Further tries followed before the half was out from Simon Guenigault, Harry Robbins, Max Bell and Harvey Bell, all of which were successfully converted by the on-form Reeves.

Ely, meanwhile, did manage to get a try of their own from a line-out, which turned out to be their last points of the game.

Johnson and Robbins both added a try apiece early in the second half – Reeves converted both – before Johnson completed his hat-trick, only for Newmarket’s kicker to be off target for the first time.

However, normal service was resumed when he fired over after Robbins had scored another try.

Jamie Judd got in on the act before the final whistle, as did Max Bell (hat-trick), Guenigault and Ryan Osborne – all converted by Reeves – to wrap up victory by a margin of 95 points.

The one-sided result has stretched Newmarket’s lead at the top of Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West table to six points from Cottenham in second.

They are without a fixture this weekend.