WESTCLIFF’S winless start to the National Two season continued with a 106-17 defeat at Clifton.

The setback was Westcliff’s eighth in succession and was one first team manager Rick Compton is keen to quickly forget.

“It wasn’t an afternoon upon which any of us will wish to dwell but it was clear evidence of the difficult moment we are currently in,” said Compton.

“Few positives to take but other than the obvious disappointment the outcome should be viewed in that light.

The game commenced in overcast though mild conditions, but Westcliff were disjointed from the outset.

In possession they struggled to make any great impression and out of it their defence was too easily breached.

Early scores for the hosts took the game away quickly and game ending injuries to Kostas Dellas and Shaun Duplessis compounded the visitors’ problems.

A try mid half from the energetic Tom Dufficy created by a break from the impressive Ross Gladdish closed the scores momentarily to 24-10 but the respite was short lived, and Clifton pressed on to establish an 45-10 half time lead.

After two quick fire home side tries at the start of the second half Henry Morrant scurried through to score but the visitors remained unrelenting adding further tries regularly and in truth too easily.

The final score of a comprehensive defeat came in the game’s final play and with the visitors reduced to 14 men after one too many injuries.

Westcliff: Morrant, Ajeigbe, Bannister, Gladdish, Duplessis, Sexton, Comber, Brown, Lynch, Binneman, Anderson-Brown, Scogings, Doyle, Dufficy, Dellas

Replacements: Brenton & Redding,