Newmarket 1st XV away to Beccles
After a very slow start NRUFC score nine tries
Newmarket came away from Beccles with full points after making an incredibly slow start. The score line of 5-57 included nine tries.
Somewhat unusually for an away match this season the 1st XV turned up at Beccles with not only a strong squad, but also three substitutes. The omens looked good. Very good. However, as the whistle blew to get the game underway Newmarket spectators in particular were plunged into confusion.
Firstly there was 30 players on the pitch wearing the same strip. To say the same is perhaps an exaggeration, but certainly the green and black worn by both sides was very similar and given that Newmarket had had to change its strip at the meeting earlier in the season it was strange the Beccles didn't return the favourite and wear its second kit.
Equally confusing was to see a strong squad pinned back in its own half for the first half an hour of the match. Newmarket made the occasional foray into its opponents half, but it was Beccles who made all the attacks. One run along the wing looked like it would end in a certain try for the home side until Harvey Bell made a great intercept to take the Beccles man into touch.
On the 28th minute prop Mark Cooper thundered over the line bury the ball and take the first try of the match for Newmarket. Tom Clifton was on kicking duties for the day and nicely slotted the ball between the posts. Two minutes later Harvey Bell, ball in hand, spun round and grounded the ball; Clifton converted.
By now Newmarket had remembered how to score and started to exert its dominance. On the 35th minute Ali Walker, replacing Aidan Cooper who'd been forced to leave the field after hurting an old ankle injury, touched down the third try. Clifton took Newmarket into a 21 point lead.
Just four minutes into the second half Dan Johnson scored Newmarket's fourth try and guaranteed the team a bonus point. With four tries in 15 minutes Newmarket was clearly into the groove. On the 49th minute Spencer Pettitt claimed a try and Clifton converted taking the score to 0-40. Try number sixth was score by Sam Hillary and converted by Clifton.
Credit must be given to Beccles players, who kept their heads up and were rewarded with a try in 56th minute. But Newmarket wasn't finished. Eight minutes later Sam Hillary, chased by a couple of Beccles players, found himself changing across the home side's try line to score his second try of the match. Owen Howes followed suit and with Clifton converting the score line stood at 5-52. Then, in the last minute the match, Ali Walker score his second try of the match.