Monday, January 14, 2013
Wymondham racked up their 11th consecutive league win but were made to work extremely hard by a Newmarket side that were intent on preserving their unbeaten home record and only surrendered when they were reduced to 13 men and had run their tanks dry.
First blood went to Wymondham when Stephen Simms, who had an excellent afternoon with the boot, made no mistake with a penalty.
Then, in a beautifully worked back row move, Captain Josh Wright picked the ball from the scrum and carved through two tacklers before passing to Andy Mackay, who released Henry Petch to score a try which was duly converted by Simms.
Wymondham added to their advantage when they worked several quick phases before Wright drove through four defenders and over the line to score, Simms again adding the extras to make it 17-0.
Newmarket always looked dangerous and by half-time they were 19-17 ahead after scoring three quick tries, one of which was converted, with Wymondham’s cause not helped when prop Chris Miller was yellow carded.
With 10 minutes gone in the second half, Newmarket increased their lead to five points when they slotted a penalty given for offside.
From then on Wymondham gradually began to take control of the game and justify their position at the top of the table while the tempo of the game began to tell on the home side.
The visitors went back into front when centre Simo went on a dazzling run before finding ever willing prop Dane Canning who made his way round under the posts to provide Simms with an easy conversion.
Newmarket hopes were briefly raised when they slotted another penalty but almost immediately they lost a man to the sin-bin and from the resulting penalty Simms re-established a two point lead.
Worse was to come for the home side as lost another player to the sin bin and Canning was driven over for his second try and win the bonus point.
Simms again added the extras and Wymondham were able to control the last few minutes.