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Tabard prove to be no match for Westcliff
WESTCLIFF returned to action with a 32-17 win at Tabard to move four points clear at the top of the London One North table.
Westcliff were still able to secure a sixth successive win, much to the delight of their first team manager Rick Compton.
“It was a job well done in the end,” said Compton.
“We were not at our best which was not altogether a surprise given the recent inactivity but we responded well to being put under pressure and having to win the game from behind.
“The bonus point stretched our lead to four points at the top of the table but that’s hardly breathing space just yet as we’re in a competitive league with some huge games coming towards the end of the season.
“Every point will be important and next week we travel to Romford so we will need to show similar determination while also upping the quality of our play to achieve the result we want.”
Westcliff had to fight back from 10-0 down at Tabard to come out on top but managed to do so with good determination.
Gradually they began to assert their own game, forcing their way up field and asking questions of the home defence.
Eventually, Nick Sigwart received a scoring pass to cross under the posts and cut Tabard’s lead to 10-7 before team-mate Chris Dudman kicked two penalties to put the table toppers in front for the first team.
Westcliff controlled the second half, scoring a further three tries to securing a bonus point.
Firstly a brace from Gus Martyn established a winning position and a fourth try from prop Ewan Binneman proved to be the icing on the cake.
Tabard did manage to score a consolation try and continued to compete strongly throughout but they did not have quite enough to seriously worry their visitors.