Newmarket remain third after defeat to Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 Shield leaders Beccles
New Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 Shield leaders Beccles proved to be too strong on Saturday for Newmarket, who went down 26-12 at their Scaltback base.
The hosts, who are third and nine points behind the victors, started the encounter brightly by holding possession and territory.
They eventually won themselves a penalty by Michael Reeves who was just off target with the resultant kick.
Seven minutes later the visitors had a penalty of their own, but like Reeves the Beccles number nine Kauri Temm was beaten by the windy conditions.
The game remained scoreless until the 14th minute when Beccles broke the deadlock via a converted try.
After that Newmarket started to put some passes together and a nice run from Harry Robbins and Michael Palmer ultimately broke down, which was followed by Beccles gaining further control with their second converted try of proceedings.
The scoreline remained 14-0 to Beccles heading into the break and to make matters worse for Newmarket they lost the services of prop Daniele Terzeni to injury.
Rocked by the loss of Terzeni and struggling to find their stride and any rhythm, Newmarket were hit by a third converted try shortly after the restart.
However, five minutes later Newmarket finally made an impact on the scoreline after Palmer made an intercept and ran clear to dot down, with hopes being further raised by Reeves sending the conversion between the posts.
As the final minutes of the match ticked by, both teams picked up their pace and Beccles won a bonus point for scoring their fourth try, although on this occasion they failed to convert.
Newmarket responded with a fine run by Simon Guenigault who, having negotiated his way through three tackles, was spun around and lost some key momentum, but he was nevertheless able to offload to Michael Reeves.
Reeves was streaking along at full tilt as he received the pass and he could not be caught on his way to running in Newmarket’s second try of the match.
It was to be the encounter’s last significant moment as Beccles saw out the remaining time with minimal fuss to pick up a deserved victory.
Newmarket, who have lost two of their outings since the leagues were split earlier this year, will be on the road on Saturday when they travel to face Colchester III (3pm).
The Essex side had been on a losing run following defeats to Hadleigh, Beccles and Cottenham, but picked up their first win on Saturday by getting the better of Norwich Union 31-19.