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New first-team coach Martyn Wall is looking to lift the ‘dark cloud’ that descended over Newmarket Rugby Club last season.

Martyn Wall (3972333)
Martyn Wall (3972333)

The 2017/18 campaign was one to forget for all concerned with the Scaltback side, who struggled to field a side some weeks and ended up finishing rock bottom of the London 3 Eastern Counties.

However, as they prepare for life in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 South, recently-appointed Wall has seen plenty of signs over the summer to suggest a much more enjoyable season is in store.

“We need to regroup, that much is clear,” said Wall, who has come in alongside new director of rugby Pete Boyle.

“It was a tough year, but that is behind us and now we want to create some real winning momentum.

“The numbers at pre-season have been really pleasing and it is looking really positive at the moment. We are really happy.

“It is about creating some longevity and also re-introducing the team ethos that is so crucial in rugby – I think that has been lost and there has been a bit of a dark cloud over the club.”

In terms of a target for the coming months, Wall is looking for a minimum top-four finish.

“The stated aim for the players is that we want to win every game,” added Wall, who has coached Newmarket’s youth teams over the last four years.

“We want to win the league like everyone else, but we are not arrogant and know it is going to be a tough season.

“Realistically finishing in the top four would be a successful season for us.”

Newmarket, who will once again be skippered by outside centre Max Bell, are due to get their 2018/19 campaign under way on Saturday with a
home encounter against Cottenham Renegades (3pm).