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Westcliff suffer their first defeat of the season
1:34pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Sport
WESTCLIFF suffered their first defeat of the London One North season, losing 22-15 at Chingford.
The league leaders went into the game on the back of seven successive victories.
But they were unable to extend that impressive run of results at the weekend, and that frustrated first team manager Rick Compton.
“We were unable to apply our trademark pace and width to the usual effect and had to settle for a losing bonus point despite the game being in the balance right to the death,” said Compton.
“It was one of those days when the elements, the pitch and our own approach left us just a little bit short of what was needed.
“It’s not always possible to play the game you want to play and are best at.
“Having the right B game is important on such occasions and I think in that respect we were the architects of our own downfall.
“Congratulations to Chingford who won the game through their own great endeavour but it’s a game we shall learn some lessons from.”
Chingford bagged an early try and a penalty to take a 10-0 lead and were 17-3 ahead at half-time.
Westcliff hit back after the break with a try from skipper Rob Smith to cut the hosts’ advantage to 17-10.
Both teams then scored a try in the final five minutes, with Ross Merrick touching down for Westcliff. But it was not enough to spark a late fightback as Westcliff saw their lead at the top of the table cut down to seven points.