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Head coach Martyn Wall tips Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West leaders Newmarket to improve




Newmarket RUFC may have opened up a healthy lead at the top of Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West, but head coach Martyn Wall believes there is much more to come from his side.

After last season’s relegation, the Scaltback side have made a bright start to life at a lower level.

They are unbeaten from their opening eight encounters – a record which includes a commanding 103-8 triumph over neighbouring Ely Tigers II last time out.

Rugby Newmarket team picture Picture Mark Westley. (4052058)
Rugby Newmarket team picture Picture Mark Westley. (4052058)

Such form has left Newmarket six points clear of Cottenham Renegades in second, but Wall has insisted that his team are still not playing to their full potential.

“It is nice to have some breathing space at the top. We are unbeaten and flying high right now,” said Wall, who was appointed during the summer.

“But, at the same time, I do not feel we are playing to our full potential and that is a really exciting prospect.

“The fact that we get the results we have been with plenty more to come is pleasing.

“We need to have some more structure to our game, and that in turn will allow us to dominate for 80 minutes, which we have not done too often so far.

“We have done well, but there is always room to improve and I am excited about how much I believe we can achieve as a team.”

As well as being focused on Saturday’s trip to second-from-bottom March Bears (2.30pm), Wall also has more than one eye on the new split season structure, which was introduced across the Eastern Counties League for the first time last season.

It sees sides play each other twice in their regionalised divisions before splitting off in January in corresponding twos to play teams who finished in the same areas of their respective leagues, with promotion and relegation decided on these results.

With Saffron Walden II 14 points back in third, Newmarket look a good bet to finish in the top two and be challenging for promotion in the new year.

And should that come to fruition, Wall is under no illusions regarding the size of the task.

“We are on target for a top- two finish which was the aim,” he added.

“The second phase will be tough. We are going to get tested in plenty of areas, so we are trying to put things in place now tactically.

“We are always thinking further ahead. There will be no resting on our laurels and everyone is concentrating on kicking on and improving.”