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Clifton suffer heavy defeat at Old Albanians

By Mike Barber

14 man Clifton fail to fire as OA's move above them in the league

A Niall Gibbons red card in the 16th minute left Clifton on the back foot as they struggled to get going against an OA's team that came out with an intent to move above Clifton by the end of the day.

An early OA' score put Clifton 7-0 down before Gibbons was sent to the changing rooms for a punch. After leveling at 7-5, Clifton then conceded 2 tries within 5 minutes before hitting back before the break to keep within touching distance of their mid-table rivals at 22-10.

However, the lavender and blacks never really got going in the second half, once OA's, who were seeing much of their play get rewarded with line breaks against a tiring Clifton side, scored twice again shortly after the break, the contest was over. Sam Goatley's last minute try pushed the scoreline closer, but OA's eventually ran out 49-24 winners.

This will have been a hard one to take for the squad, who pushed Henley all the way last week with 14. With the upcoming league break this weekend before the visit of Bury St. Edmunds and away to Baranes, the squad will need to reassess their position as they slip to 8th in the quest for 6th place at the end of the league campaign.

Updated 21:44 - 16 Mar 2019 by Roger Bealing

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Fixtures
Sun 24 Mar
a
Under 14s Nandos Cup
Friendly TBC
h
Under 15s Training
Training 10:00
a
Under 13s Nandos Cup
Cup 10:00
h
Under 12s Training
Training 10:00
h
Under 11s Training
Training 10:00
h
Under U10s Training
Training 10:00
h
Under 9s St Brendans
Training 10:00
h
Cup 10:00
h
Under 7s Training
Training 10:00
h
Under 6s Training
Training 10:00
h
Colts Training
Training 12:00
h
Under 16s Blackwood
Friendly 12:00
Fri 29 Mar
a
Under 11s Tour
Friendly 10:00
Sat 30 Mar
a
Under 7s Exter (Tour)
Friendly 10:00
a
1st XV Barnes
League 15:00
Sun 31 Mar
h
Under 14s Training
Training TBC
h
Under 15s Training
Training 10:00
h
Under 13s Bath
Friendly 10:00
a
Friendly 10:00
a
Under U10s Keynsham
Friendly 10:00
a
Under 9s Tour
Friendly 10:00
a
Under 8s Tour - Devon
Friendly 10:00
a
Under 6s Training
Training 10:00
h
Colts Training
Training 11:00
a
Under 16s Dings??
Cup 19:00
Fri 5 Apr
a
League 19:45
Sat 6 Apr
h
1st XV Rams
League 14:30
a
Friendly 14:30

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