The Newmarket Development team recorded back to back wins for the first time this season against a very strong but ageing Wendens Ambo team in Essex. Playing with the wind behind them Newmarket made the most of the conditions. Robbie Holland ran out for his first outing of the season and made big inroads into Wenden’s defence creating the space for Sam Hillary to score. Hillary then converted his own try.
Newmarket’s pack dominance allowed the backs some good ball to play with and a couple of good phases made room for Hillary to score his second try of the match. After a bit of sloppy play from Wendens Newmarket piled on the pressure allowing Hillary to get his hat trick try, which he converted. Wendens then managed to find a hole in the Newmarket defence to score out wide. However a solo run from Hillary to score under the posts, which he again converted, took the half time score to 7-26.
Newmarket turned round at halftime and made a couple of changes with Daren Hayward playing for the first time in ten years, coming on at fly half. The weather conditions worsened and made life hard for both teams with lots of handling errors. Stephen McLean picked up a spilt ball and put Newmarket into Wenden’s 22. With a recycled ball Hillary managed to go past the Wendens older fullback to score Newmarket’s fifth try of the game.
The last score of the match came with some great play from the forwards and big carries from Joe Shipp and Ryan Stafford. The ball ended up in the hands of Hillary to score his sixth try of the match. Mention must made of Jack Morris for the hard work he put in making big tackles. The final score was 7-36.
The next match for the Newmarket Development team is Saturday 21st November when they play Wisbech II at home.