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Head coach delighted with Newmarket Rugby Club's Cambridgeshire Intermediate Cup recovery

Newmarket Rugby Club head coach Martyn Wall was pleased with his team’s powers of recovery during Saturday’s 17-14 win over Bury St Edmunds III in the first round of the Cambridgeshire Intermediate Cup.

Hosting Newmarket found themselves 14 points behind heading into the interval, but second-half tries from Lex Brown and Max Bell were both converted by Michael Reeves – who also added a penalty – to secure progress through to the semi-finals.

Wall said: “It was a very tough game against a very strong side. We knew that Bury were using quite a few of their second-team players because we played their third team a few weeks earlier and defeated them comfortably.

RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (23217536)
RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (23217536)

“I never thought that the comeback was impossible, but the lads still showed some great character to pull it off.

“I just had to remind them at half-time that they needed to do the basics well, not over-think things and face the challenge head on – credit to them because they did all of that.

“We always seem to perform better when we are playing against a higher level of opponent.”

While Newmarket will take on Cambridge III in the last four, the other side of the draw is still at the round one stage, with Cantabrigian II, Shelford III, Cottenham Renegades and Saffron Walden II all included.

* For more from Wall, see this week's Journal print edition – out on Thursday.