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Newark Rugby Club deliver stunning victory against league leaders Long Eaton

It was a stunning David and Goliath victory as Newark Rugby Club took down the league-leading giants of Long Eaton with a huge nine-try statement in the Midlands Division Regional Two North League.

The 55-21 win on the road was a massive coup for the Newark 1st team as they took an exhilarating display of attacking rugby to Long Eaton from the kick-off.

Newark were first out of the blocks showing their attacking intent early with Alex Scott making a great break before James Tarbatt got over the line.

Newark execute a line out. Image: Jackie Britten
Newark execute a line out. Image: Jackie Britten

Scott then converted the try before captain Will Britten crossed over for Newark’s second.

Scott again converted before missing a penalty.

He soon redeemed himself, however, as he crossed over to score a try of his own to extend the lead.

Long Eaton struggled with the pace of the game and the accuracy of Newark’s passing play but managed to get some points on the board.

With 25 minutes played, the score was 21-7.

Long Eaton tried to counter but the defence proved to be too strong and the hosts struggled to make any inroads.

It was a huge win for Newark. Image: Jackie Britten
It was a huge win for Newark. Image: Jackie Britten

Just before the break, Newark again crashed over the line, securing the bonus point try.

With the second-half now looming Newark were aware that Long Eaton would try to make a comeback quickly.

However, the hosts were disappointed when Newark doubled down and picked up the pace as they were unable to cope with the visitor’s attacking onslaught.

Four tries were scored in under 20 minutes as Newark turned on a dominating performance against Long Eaton.

Newark win the line out. Image: Jackie Britten.
Newark win the line out. Image: Jackie Britten.

A shell-shocked Long Eaton struggled to adapt and received a yellow card after deliberately knocking on the ball to prevent a near-certain Newark try.

Long Eaton started to win more possession and reverted to their trademark style of getting large forwards running strongly into the midfield defence.

After a lost Newark line-out the hosts scored their second try, followed a few minutes later by another thanks to their forward pack.

With ten minutes remaining, Newark were determined to finish on a high and deny Long Eaton a try bonus point.

After some more great play in the backs, Scott gave a very neat offload in the tackle to give Ovidus Gilder a simple run-in for his first try on his 1sts debut.

Newark hosts Oadby Wyggestonians at home for their re-arranged match on Saturday.

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