1st XV - Match centre

Beccles
Newmarket
Unknown
Full time
M Cooper, H Bell, A Walker (2), D Johnson, S Pettitt, S Hillary (2), O Howes
T Clifton (6)
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - Eastern Counties Greene King League - Eastern Counties Greene King League Division One

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.

1st XV away to Beccles 23-Mar-17
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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.


Key moments

28:00
Try Mark Cooper scores for Newmarket
29:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
30:00
Try Harvey Bell scores for Newmarket
31:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
35:00
Try Ali Walker scores for Newmarket
36:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
44:00
Try Daniel Johnson scores for Newmarket
49:00
Try Spencer Pettitt scores for Newmarket
50:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
53:00
Try Sam Hillary scores for Newmarket
54:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
56:00
Try Try for Beccles
64:00
Try Sam Hillary scores for Newmarket
68:00
Try Owen Howes scores for Newmarket
69:00
Conversion Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
80:00
Try Ali Walker scores for Newmarket

Videos and photos

1st XV away to Beccles 23-Mar-17
15 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Try 5 - 57
Ali Walker scores for Newmarket
69:00 Conversion 5 - 52
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
68:00 Try 5 - 50
Owen Howes scores for Newmarket
64:00 Try 5 - 45
Sam Hillary scores for Newmarket
56:00 Try 5 - 40
Try for Beccles
54:00 Conversion 0 - 40
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
53:00 Try 0 - 38
Sam Hillary scores for Newmarket
50:00 Conversion 0 - 33
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
49:00 Try 0 - 31
Spencer Pettitt scores for Newmarket
44:00 Try 0 - 26
Daniel Johnson scores for Newmarket
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
35:00 Try 0 - 19
Ali Walker scores for Newmarket
31:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Harvey Bell scores for Newmarket
29:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Tom Clifton kicks a conversion for Newmarket
28:00 Try 0 - 5
Mark Cooper scores for Newmarket
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As it happened

  • Beccles
  • Newmarket
  • 0
  • Mark Cooper Try 28:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 29:00'
  • Harvey Bell Try 30:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 31:00'
  • Ali Walker Try 35:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 36:00'
  • Daniel Johnson Try 44:00'
  • Spencer Pettitt Try 49:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 50:00'
  • Sam Hillary Try 53:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 54:00'
  • Try 56:00'
  • Sam Hillary Try 64:00'
  • Owen Howes Try 68:00'
  • Tom Clifton Conversion 69:00'
  • Ali Walker Try 80:00'

Team selection

Stafford, Joe Stafford, Joe
Dyer, Matthew Dyer, Matthew
Pettitt, Spencer Pettitt, Spencer
Clifton, Tom Clifton, Tom
Bell, Max Bell, Max
Reeves, Michael Reeves, Michael
Bell, Harvey Bell, Harvey
Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Daniel
Cooper, Aiden Cooper, Aiden
Hillary, Sam Hillary, Sam
Kent, Matthew Kent, Matthew
Peacock, Tom Peacock, Tom
Terenzi, Daniele Terenzi, Daniele
Howes, Owen Howes, Owen
Cooper, Mark Cooper, Mark

League round up

Other Eastern Counties Greene King League Division One results

Crusaders
27
29
Ipswich YM
Thurston
24
82
Thetford
Wymondham
50
31
Woodbridge

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Thetford 22 94
2. Wymondham 22 83
3. Crusaders 22 80
4. Newmarket 22 79
5. Woodbridge 22 62
6. Wisbech 22 62
7. Thurston 22 50

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