Newmarket 1st XV at to Colchester 3
Last home game of the season ends in another win.
Newmarket's last home game of the season ended in another win, this time over Colchester 3. Whilst a satisfying result it was less satisfying to watch. The game didn't have the flow that Newmarket spectators are used to seeing due, in part, to the team not anticipating the referee's decisions.
As with last week's match the game had a slow start, but after the first fifteen minutes Newmarket start to exert pressure. This was rewarded by a penalty which Tom Clifton kicked to take Newmarket into the lead.
On the stroke of half time Matt Kent, Newmarket's captain, broke through the Colchester ranks to score the first try of the match. Kent's father rightly took some credit for this score as he'd cleaned the younger Kent's boots only that very morning.
Eight minutes into second half the Colchester scored and converted a try to take the points to 8-7. This spurred the Newmarket thoroughbreds into action and a lovely passage of play between Max Bell and Matt Kent resulted in a try being scored by Bell. Unfortunately in the melee surrounding this try Bell left the pitch for the rest of the match.
Next up to score for Newmarket was Spencer Pettitt who made a magnificent run to ground the ball over the Colchester line, 18-7.
By now Newmarket was in the ascendency chasing the bonus point for the fourth try. With 9 tries a piece for Sam Hillary and Bell Junior, Hillary was determined to score again On the 70th minute of the match he regained the position of top try scorer for the season.
Following a spate of yellow cards Colchester took advantage of its extra man and scored a try on the 80th minute. Unfortunately a Colchester man took a knock and so the referee ended the match before the try could be converted. The match ended 23-12.
After the match Head Coach Dave Sayer said "It's a disappointment to have the last home game spoiled by an opposition not wanting to play rugby and frustration crept into our game, bringing even more pressure on us sometimes playing with 13.
The end result was pleasing getting a bonus point win we as a team said we are going to get 20 points from the last 4 games and now we have 15 with one to go."
The game was watched by a sizeable crowd of spectators although Newmarket's Director of Rugby was not in attendance as he was preparing to take up his new role on the England Coaching team.