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Newmarket Rugby Club head coach keen to see more after impressive start to new campaign

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Newmarket Rugby Club have made a pleasing start to life back in London 3 Eastern Counties.

Five wins from eight outings has left the team third in the table, level on points with second-placed Ely Tigers and 12 adrift of Holt at the top.

Asked whether he would taken that scenario had it been offered at the start of the campaign, head coach Martyn Wall replied: “Definitely. We’re really pleased with how it has gone so far.

Newmarket will lock horns with Wisbech this weekend
Newmarket will lock horns with Wisbech this weekend

“It’s our first attempt at this league for a little while and it’s as tough as we expected, but we’ve exceeded expectations so far.

“There is a real collective hunger in the group at the moment and it’s a pleasure to be among that at training and on match-days.

“I can’t fault the attitude and the desire to win games – that’s something you can’t buy.”

However, while Wall has been highly impressed with how his charges have acquitted themselves, he is keen to ensure that the positive form does not fizzle out as the season progresses.

He added: “The job isn’t done and I’m the sort of person that always wants to see more.

“The lads are not settling on what has already happened because nothing has been achieved yet.

“We also aren’t looking too far ahead.

“Each week poses a different challenge and it’s up to us to deal with those like we have done so far this season.

“We’ve got three games left leading up to the Christmas break and we’ll be fighting in each of those to keep us in a good position.”

The first of those pre-festive fixtures will see Newmarket play host to Wisbech at their Scaltback base on Saturday.

Wisbech go into the fixture on the back of a 62-17 defeat at Ely Tigers last weekend, but they sit fifth in the table and are just three points behind Newmarket.

“We played them in a pre-season friendly and won that 45-19, but we can’t take too much from that,” said Wall.

“This league is so unpredictable, most weeks there is a surprising result or two.

“For the first time in a long time we’ve got competition for places and the players that come in each week are performing well.

“That’s the sort of thing that breeds success and I’m backing our guys to put in a good performance at the weekend.”