Newmarket Rugby Club get back to winning ways in the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West
After losing their last game of 2019, Newmarket started the new year on a high note with a 27-12 victory from Saturday’s trip to Cambridge III.
Despite the positive outcome it was hosting Cambridge that scored the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West encounter’s first try inside the opening five minutes.
However, Newmarket rallied and after a couple of useful moves captain for the day Jamie Judd went over to level up the scoreline at five points apiece, with neither side able to convert.
Having got themselves level Newmarket started to make up more ground and just four minutes later they got in front as Harry Robbins sprinted the length of the pitch to dot down and Tom Clifton duly added the extras.
Clifton was off target after Will Hale marked his debut with Newmarket’s third try in the 18th minute, but only three minutes later he made no mistake with a penalty to send the visitors into the break with a healthy 20-5 advantage.
The second half was much more of an even affair – something that was reflected in the fact it took 30 minutes for the next score, which was a penalty try for the hosts.
Meanwhile, up the other end Newmarket managed to claim the all important bonus point in the closing stages thanks to a Christophe DuPont try that he went on to convert himself.
Second-placed Newmarket, who are 12 points behind leaders Cottenham Renegades with a game in hand, will host Cantabrigian II on Saturday (2pm).