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Loan watch: Lloyd stars as Clifton thrash Westcliff

Jac Lloyd scored 17 points and Tomos Gwilliam impressed as Clifton amassed a century against Westcliff in National Two South.

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Lloyd orchestrates Clifton's century

National Two South
Clifton 106-17 Westcliff

Clifton returned to winning ways with this comprehensive victory over bottom side Westcliff who were outplayed in all aspects of the game. Clifton’s superior fitness , speed and strength outplayed their visitors who never gave up and showed a few enterprising touches and good sportsmanship

An early lead was established when Niall Gibbons crashed over and then fly half Jac Lloyd dummied his way under the post. He converted his own try and orchestrated attacks with well timed passing and some astute kicking. Greg Bannister did kick a penalty for the Essex men and some rare moments of slackness by Clifton did let in Thomas Dufficy and Henry Morrant for touch downs.

The procession of sixteen Clifton tries included four from back row man Brad Talbot who was always in the thick of the action. showing great awareness and power.

Other contributors were speedy winger Fin Sharp who outpaced the defence on three occasions, centre Zak Hamid who took his opportunities on two occasions to glide over and replacement scrum half Andrew Simmers who sniped across twice as well.
Gibbons used his considerable strength to score his second .Harry Bate joined the scorers as did winger Bentley Halpin. Lloyd secured six conversions and replacement Luke Cozens added seven.


Turner features in Dings defeat

National Two South
Old Albanians 50-27 Dings Crusaders

Andrew Turner was among the replacements for Dings, who were left to rue a poor opening quarter at Woollam’s, as they suffered a third straight defeat. Old Albanians racked up a half-century of points as they got the better of the visitors. The two sides struggled to take this pulsating match by the throat, but the home side managed to make the most of the mistakes made by their opponents.

OAs started the game strongly and moved into a handy lead. Indeed, before the first quarter had finished, the hosts were 19-points to the good and looking to accumulate a substantial advantage.

A’ Ashley Ilson crossed first and Jonno Wicks went over seven minutes later. Dan Watt improved the first, but was narrowly wide with the second conversion attempt. Watt made immediate amends with a sparkling finish to the nest spell of OA’s pressure.

Patient Dings pressure brought them a penalty try in the 20th minute. Then the mood changed to a more careless approach, but not before Tom Mills made his presence felt for the bonus-point try. Flanker Tom Anderson for Crusaders’ to cut the deficit at the break.

OA’s pressure in the scrum and line-out created an opportunity for Alex Ricci on the left, but Dings replied immediately with a try from hooker Tommy Gollop. William Defeo breached the defence three-minutes later and Watts converted, but Anderson touched down to the visitors four-minutes later. There were two more tries for Albanians, one of them from Mike Bond, and a third from Anderson of Dings.

Dings Knights, meanwhile, were involved in a 93-point thriller during their Gloucester Premier clash against Old Richians at Sandyleaze. Tries by Josh Lloyd, Brad Doggett, Joe Hawkesby, Miles Avery, Ollie Mahoney and Josh Body helped to secure a 50-43 victory for the Knights. Dings Warriors chalked up a 33-7 win at Ashley Down, thanks to scores from Kyran and Matt Billing, Rich Stone, Robbie Fuller and skipper Lewis Baker.


Williams impresses as Weston down Drybrook

Elsewhere, JJ Williams started at scrum half for Weston-super-Mare, who secured a 21-11 victory against Drybrook at the Mannings Ground in the Tribute South West Premier league to leave the Seasiders fifth in the table, 13 points behind the leaders, while their host are one place off the foot of the table.

The visitors' points came through tries from full-back Jack Curtis, blindside flanker Sam Fisher and wing OIllie Walrond with fly-half Dan Lomax, in his first game back from injury, landing two penalties in a match that saw uncontested scrums.


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