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Newmarket stay top of the Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West table despite losing first game of the season to March Bears

Newmarket have had their lead at the top of the Eastern Counties League Greene King 1 West cut to just one point following their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

Hosting March Bears, who had previously won just twice this campaign, were the team that got the better of the Scaltback side, running out victors by a 25-10 margin.

Newmarket started slowly and March capitalised by scoring the game’s first try within five minutes, only for the visitors to hit back through their captain Max Bell.

Max Bell
Max Bell

The away side looked to be on course for another victory when Tom Parsley – on his first-team debut – stole the ball from a March line-out and dotted down to put his team 10-5 in front.

However, five minutes later March kicked a successful penalty and that was swiftly followed by a try out wide.

On a roll, March made the most of a penalty three minutes later to score – and convert – another try to go into the break 20-10 ahead.

The second half marked another senior debut for Newmarket as Thomas Webster-Ward entered the action.

Nevertheless, despite his fresh legs a disjointed Newmarket were unable to make any further impact on the scoreline.

Instead it was March that had the final say on proceedings with their fourth try of the match to wrap up the victory late on.

Newmarket, who now have second-placed Cottenham Renegades hot on their heels, will have to wait until December 1 to bounce back when they travel to take on sixth-placed Shelford III (2pm).