WESTCLIFF suffered a miserable afternoon against Bury St Edmunds, losing 61-0.

The defeat kept Westcliff bottom of the National Two South standings.

And first team manager Rick Compton admitted it had been a tough day for the team.

"A late withdrawal and illness hampered preparations which required a late re jig and this was compounded during the warm up when Whiting popped a calf and was unable to play," said Compton.

"A further late change was then necessary in the minutes before the game.

"It was not a good sign and indeed the performance that followed was under par and horribly error strewn.

"We turned the ball over regularly, attempted to play in the wrong areas and were consistently guilty of poor decision making. 

"We had moments in both halves but failed to seize onour opportunities despite at times prolonged periods of pressure and we were far too porous in defence.

"The home side took their opportunities with ruthless efficiency as further injuries required players to leave the field unable to return.

"It was a disappointing and immediately forgettable afternoon."