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Your News Woodbridge Warriors 10 - Newmarket 25

Warriors fight but Newmarket prevails

From the kick off Eastern Counties league leaders Newmarket, playing with the strong southerly wind and in driving rain, pinned the hosts in their own half, won an attacking line-out in the corner, and put scrum-half Cocks in for an early unconverted try. Newmarkets well-drilled pack dominated the mauls and provided good ball for their attack-hungry backs. Despite excellent defensive tackling from the home team after ten minutes of continual pressure and a driving maul Newmarket second row Kupyn scored an unconverted try .

Seven minutes later Newmarkets intelligent pack increased their lead further by clever attacking kicking, another clean line-out and maul for Kupyn to score another unconverted try. The Warriors mounted several attacks near to the end of the half, the most dangerous mounted by the irrepressible Johno Cooke but, in the last minute of the half, one such attack was intercepted by the visitors full back Tapley who won a 70 metre race, to touch down for an excellent converted try to put the visitors 22 points up.

The second half saw reinvigorated Warriors, now with the wind in their favour, fighting back magnificently and, after 5 minutes, Josh Kimber kicked a long and difficult penalty only for Newmarkets Reeves to return the favour shortly after with what proved to be their last score. The Warriors regrouped and produced some good attacking moves for their backs to exploit. From a long attacking kick their forwards gained good ball, their backs ran strongly and full back Barton scored a deserved try for Josh Kimber to make a difficult kick.

The game ended with victory for the visitors, but the home side proved in the second half that they could dominate Newmarket to the tune of 10 pts to 3 pts. In winds that made fluent rugby difficult it was an enjoyable match between the league leaders and a Woodbridge side which continues to show considerable improvement as the season progresses.

Woodbridge Warriors: 1 Karl Harris, 2 Shane Manning, 3 Simon Codd, 4 Rob Hopkins, 5 Jez Hannon, 6 Duncan Andrews, 7 Jimmy Mayhew, 8 Jono Cooke, 9 Eddie Johnson, 10 Josh Simpkin-Betts, 11 Donovan Steward, 12 John Yorke, 13 Josh Kimber, 14 Lewis Ballard, 15 Lee Barton. Replacements; 16 Andy Brown, 18 Iain Johnson, 19 Dan Cumming.

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