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Newmarket Rugby Club remain top of Greene King 1 West following victory over Cambridge III




Newmarket continue to lead the way at the top of the Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West table following Saturday’s 29-18 victory at Cambridge III.

The visitors recorded a big 69-0 win last time out and they also made a blistering start on this occasion when in the third minute Michael Reeves – playing in the pack – converted his own try to push his side seven points to the good.

Cambridge rallied and added a couple of penalties to reduce the arrears, but Newmarket’s defence stood firm throughout the remainder of the half.

Newmarket Rugby Club Newmarket v Cantabs II .795 is Tom Tallant (on his debut match for the 1st XV) Picture Mark Westley. (5070160)
Newmarket Rugby Club Newmarket v Cantabs II .795 is Tom Tallant (on his debut match for the 1st XV) Picture Mark Westley. (5070160)

Meanwhile, up the other end and just before the half-time whistle, visiting captain Max Bell dotted down to give his team a 12-6 lead.

Not to be outdone by his younger sibling, Harvey Bell touched down within two minutes of the restart and Reeves added the extras to extend Newmarket’s advantage.

The bonus point for four tries arrived soon after courtesy of club colt Tom Tallant, who continued to make an impression by going over.

Cambridge responded with a mini comeback that saw them score two tries, but the outcome was put beyond any doubt when Newmarket’s Dan Johnson crashed through to score the final try.

Next up for Newmarket is a home derby against Ely II (8th) on Saturday (2.30pm).

* Ely Tigers dropped to third in the London 3 Eastern Counties standings following Saturday’s narrow 17-15 home defeat against Wymondham.

The wet conditions meant it was a tough afternoon for both sides, with infringements happening on a regular basis.

Captain Joel Scott Paul (penalty) and John Dibb (try) got points on the board for Ely in the first half, while a Jake Alsop try was all they had to show for their second-half exertions.

The result, which ended the Tigers’ four-match winning sequence, has left them six points behind table-topping Holt, who will make the trip to Downham Road on Saturday (2.30pm).

The Norfolk side head into the contest with a 100 per cent winning record from their six outings.