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Westcliff win tainted by injury to Ben McKeith
A NASTY looking knee injury to influential fly half Ben McKeith overshadowed Westcliff’s 60-20 triumph at Woodford.
The extent of McKeith’s injury is expected to be revealed in a scan later this week.
But Westcliff’s first team manager Rick Compton is already fearing the worst.
“The injury to Ben is a blow and that’s unfortunately the lasting memory from this game,” said Compton. “Bad news is feared from the scan and it’s a real blow but injuries are a part of the game and hopefully it’s not as bad as is feared.
“We also believe we have quality in depth and will continue to move forward with confidence.
“It’s been a great start to the season and we remain top of the league with a 100 per cent record.
“Statistically we are the best performing team in the country and we have a rest week now so we will recharge our batteries while working hard in training on our game.”
Westcliff, who top London One North, were sent on their way for their sixth successive win, with an early try from Rob Smith.
George Parmenter and Oliver Jones then also touched down and with McKeith’s conversions Westcliff led 21-0 inside the opening 10 minutes.
However, Westcliff then allowed their levels to drop and Woodford responded with a try of their own.
But the visitors responded with Parmenter grabbing his second try of the game to secure the bonus point.
Moments later, Jack Hopkins was shown a harsh yellow card and Woodford made the most of their extra man by scoring on the stroke of half-time.
But Westcliff stepped things up after the break with the increasingly prolific Greg Bannister scoring a hat-trick to take his season’s tally to 10.
Parmenter also completed his hat-trick and Chris Marsh and Elliott Harvey also touched down as Westcliff continued their fantastic start to the season which has already seen them open up a six point gap at the top of the table
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