Newmarket 1st XV away to Swaffham
Another 9 tries scored sees Newmarket end a great season
Newmarket scored another nine tries to end a great season and beat Swaffham 12-61. With the temperature in the 20s and bright blue skies the players from both teams did well to keep going for the full 80 minutes.
Newmarket opened the scoring with a try from Ali Walker after just five minutes; Michael Reeves converted. Fifteen minutes later Spencer Pettitt scored the second try of the afternoon. Reeves took the score to 0-14.
Stephen Green made a welcomed return to the side and soon made his presence felt, putting in hard, but fair tackles. On the 25 minute mark Matt Kent, making his last appearance before moving to live in New Zealand, celebrated by scoring the third try. Mr Reeves converted.
Two minutes later Ali Walker scored his second of the match and gave Newmarket the try bonus point. Reeves converted. Next up it was Harvey Bell's turn to score. Reeves closed out the first half 0-35.
Five minutes into the second half Newmarket's full back Dale Gibson put his name on the scoresheet. Reeves did his thing. At this point Swaffham rallied and their prop scored a try although it wasn't converted. 5-42.
Pettit's next try was converted by that man Reeves. Minutes later Pettitt sprinted down the wing to score his hat trick . Reeves could be forgiven for not converting this one. He'd had a pretty good day so far anyway.
Three minutes later, as Newmarket were attacking Swaffham's line, their winger got away and sprinted the full length of the pitch to score under the posts. The poor lad was exhausted running this distance in the heat, but was rewarded to see his try converted, 12-54.
With five minutes to go Daniele Terenzi scored the most popular try of the match for the Newmarket spectators. With Reeves finishing off a fine kicking display Newmarket ended the match as victors, 12-61.
Dave Sayer, Head Coach, said after the match, "The last game and the biggest win lets you, as a coach, know that the pride is in the shirt. Right up to the final whistle we, as a team, achieved everything we wished to. To the players who were injured during the season we thank you it was a team effort from the beginning to end and a joy for me to be back at the Club."
Spectator of the Day went to Kieran Richardson who did a fine job of keeping a hot team watered. He also provided a excellent critique of his father's performance. It's good to see someone has a rugby brain.