The rot continued for Epping Upper Clapton as they were beaten 57-10 away at second-placed Ipswich in London 2 North East.

George Douglass’ penalty initially put Clapton in front before Ipswich stormed back to lead 26-3 at the break. Bobby Grace’s converted try took them into double figures, but Clapton remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Douglass’ opener was the result of some good early pressure from the visitors, but as has been the case this season on many occasions, Clapton looked vulnerable in defence and the hosts ran in four tries (three converted) to open up an unassailable lead at the interval.

Ipswich added another try swiftly after the restart, although Clapton responded with Grant’s try taking them to 10.

However, defensive vulnerability reared its head once more, and three late tries from Ipswich racked up the points for them.

Next up for Clapton is the visit of Wanstead this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Clapton’s Womens’ side recorded a 27-12 win away at Bishop’s Stortford.

With just the bare 15 due to some late drop-outs, Clapton put in an excellent performance and led at the break thanks to Vicky Storrar, Sophie Dormon and Nina Hooney.

Two more tries followed after the break from Sally Howell and Rosie Wheelhouse-Thomas to wrap up a comfortable win.