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Newmarket Rugby Club looking to continue impressive form so far in London 3 Eastern Counties

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Newmarket Rugby Club started life within the London 3 Eastern Counties set-up in impressive fashion.

Seven victories from their 11 outings so far in 2021/22 has left the Scaltback side third in the table, four points adrift of second-placed Ely Tigers and 12 behind Holt at the summit.

And as they prepare to return to action for the first time since the festive break at home against Norwich Union on Saturday, the challenge for the team now is to ensure those standards do not slip during the seven fixtures that remain.

Newmarket are back in action at the weekend after the festive break. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket are back in action at the weekend after the festive break. Picture: Mark Westley

“We’ve been excellent,” said head coach Martyn Wall. “We had a little internal review just before Christmas and it was very positive.

“We’re very happy to be in contention in our first attempt at this level with this group.

“I’m not surprised because I rate these lads very highly, but we were untested at this level and so you never know for sure what’s going to happen.

“But you could tell during the first two or three games of the season that we were going to be capable of doing something this season.

“Now we need to push on again and see how far we can go.

“Our target at the start was to stay in the league but now we don’t want to go backwards from where we are. The aim has to be finishing no lower than we are now.”

The weekend’s match against eighth-placed Union is the reverse of mid-October’s meeting in Norfolk.

It finished 22 points apiece on that occasion – a result which Wall is eager to put right this time around.

He said: “We want nothing less than five points – that’s what we’re aiming for.

“We want to put that result right because it’s one we could have won.

“The nature of their team, they have a massive physicality and it’s down to us to find a way to negate that.

“We know what to expect and it’s a good opportunity to get our second half of the season under way.”