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Newmarket leave it late

Newmarket continue to lead the way at the top of the Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West table following Saturday’s closely-fought 29-27 home win over Shelford III.

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

The hosts twice had to come from behind to secure the victory, with the bonus point for scoring three or more tries seeing them open up a four-point advantage at the summit.

In a repeat of last week’s match, Newmarket’s opponents opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game.

However, Shelford were unable to convert their try and Newmarket pounced on that misfortune.

A passing move between ,Matt Dyer, Simon Guenigault and Callum Laing resulted in the latter doing down in the 11th minute.

Now in the ascendancy, the home side took the lead for the first time in the 20th minute as Laing touched down again to put his team 12-5 to the good at the break.

Within four minutes of the second half getting under way, prop Daniele Terzenzi crashed through the Shelford defence to score a well-deserved try.

Connor Croxon converted, putting a total of 12 points between the sides.

But rather than accept their fate, Shelford rallied and they ran in three tries, as well as adding a penalty, to give themselves what looked to be a comfortable 27-19 lead with just 10 minutes left to play.

Newmarket had other ideas, though, because within two minutes Laing had reduced the arrears by running in his hat-trick.

Soon after, Terzenzi thought he had edged Newmarket in front, only for his try not to be awarded, but with 30 seconds remaining and with their very last attack, Daniel Boyle found a way through down the wing to secure the victory.

Newmarket will go in search of their fifth win in a row on Saturday when they travel over the Essex border to take on Saffron Walden II, who are fourth (3pm).