Unbeaten run comes to an end for Clifton
CLIFTON'S four-match winning sequence came to an end in a disappointing fashion in a low-key affair with little quality rugby being produced by either side.
On a heavy pitch, and in damp conditions, there was a large number of errors produced by both sides which along with a referee clearly struggling at scrum time produced a stop-start contest with little flowing rugby.
Clifton's lightweight side are clearly more suited to dry firm conditions and as the game went into the second half the power of bulkier Bournemouth pack became the decisive factor.
They controlled possession keeping Clifton penned deep in their own half for long periods, but to the credit of the home side there defence was well organised and they rarely looked like conceding a try.
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Both sides made a slow start with the visitors reliant on the driving play of their forwards, while with limited possession Clifton fly-half Brad Barnes attempted to move the ball wide.
Clifton centres Will Pomphrey and Sam Harrison tried to break through the visitors midfield, but the experienced Scott Chislett organisation of the visitors defence prevented them from making progress.
When the ball went wide they managed to create chances, but wrong options and the lack of accuracy in the possible final pass saw the opportunities wasted.
If the chances had been taken they could well have established a winning margin by the break.
Clifton were also not helped when flanker Joe Lovell was forced to leave the pitch with an ankle injury after 13 minutes to be replaced by Phil Schmid
Props Will Davis and Charlie Bullimore ensured Clifton controlled the set piece during the half with the visitors pack in disarray on occasions. Scoring chances were rare with visiting full-back Ben Stevenson being just wide on occasions, while the only points of the half came from his opposite number Ben Roberts in the 23rd minute
Both sides made changes at the break, but it was a well-organised Bournemouth that emerged for the second half with scrum-half Sam Hardcastle directing the operations of his pack as they slowly took control.
Visiting winger Paul O'Brien had looked a dangerous runner throughout the game often choosing good angles and he scored the only try of the game in the 48th minute,
It came when visiting forwards and backs produced a rare piece of continuity rugby which allowed the winger to cross wide out with Stevenson adding the extras.
Although under-pressure Clifton's discipline was good, they did concede a couple of penalties which Stevenson turned into points.
Clifton produced their best rugby towards the end of the game.