Late penalty secures impressive away win for Swaffham RUFC at Newmarket
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High-flying Newmarket's 100pc home record was ended by Swaffham, thanks to a late penalty securing an excellent 25-23 victory.
The home side, second in the EC1 table, went 5-0 up early through their forwards. Swaffham then failed to take advantage of good opportunities and Newmarket kicked a penalty shortly before the break for an 8-0 lead at half-time.
The visitors got back into the game in the second half though, when a strong drive by 13 Swaffham players from a lineout saw Marc Lockwood score.
A trademark running try from Jordan Mustard then put Swaffham in the lead for the first time but Newmarket replied moments later with a try of their own to regain the lead.
Swaffham came back and an interception led to an 80-metre sprint by winger Tommi Windibank for a try, with the conversion added by Stu Hamilton to give the visitors a four-point lead.
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The lead continued to change hands, with Newmarket scoring another before Ed Jones chipped through and showed great pace to beat his opposite number to the line to score a great try.
With five minutes left Newmarket looked to have won the game when they scored their fourth try following a number of phases close to the Swaffham line.
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But with two minutes to go Swaffham were awarded a penalty close to the Newmarket line and replacement Joe Milligan, who had only been on the field a couple of minutes, calmly stroked the ball over to give Swaffham the 25-23 victory.