An eighth straight defeat for Epping Upper Clapton sees them remain bottom of London 2 North East, the latest being a 41-0 thrashing away at Wymondham.

The hosts held an unassailable 24-0 lead at half-time as they completely dominated their lowly visitors, and it was the same story in the second half too as Clapton failed to cause any sort of problem offensively and were disorganised at the back.

The two sides were a good match for each other in the early exchanges, but the tide turned when Clapton conceded possession after a lineout in their own 22, and Wymondham went on to register the first of their seven tries in the game.

They went on to register a further three tries before the break and the hosts utilised their pacey winger to good effect, causing havoc for the Clapton defence while creating numerous scoring opportunities.

For the opening period of the second half, the balance in play would have suggested that Clapton were the team with a 24-point lead. They were dominant with set-pieces and possession, but they were unable to convert any of this into points.

A lack of luck and lack of options prevented them from getting off the mark with their scoring, and the more they pushed forward the more they were exposed to the counter-attack.

Wymondham capitalised on that to increase their score further, and late on they completed their scoring to run out comfortable 41-0 winners.

One positive for Clapton was the introduction of Jack Scully late in the game, who became the latest of the club’s academy players to get game time for the first team.

Next up for the side is yet another tough test as free-scoring league leaders Norwich make the long trip to Upland Road. The visitors are yet to lose this season and are they only side in the league to have conceded less than 100 points up to now in the campaign.