Bell suffers at hands of his former side
LACKLUSTRE Lydney slipped to their fifth consecutive National Two South defeat and worryingly hover just three points above the relegation zone.
The Severnsiders' impressive away contingent travelled in their bus loads to Clifton.
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The contest was pretty much tied up by half-time as the home side, who began the day one place below the visitors, led 20-3 at the break.
Following two good showings in their losing bonus-point defeats at home to promotion contenders Worthing and at Southend, Lydney began the day full of optimism.
The county rivals never need any extra motivation but with Duncan Bell leaving his Clifton forwards job after just two weeks to join Lydney, the hosts had something to prove.
They were on the front foot almost from the kick-off as full-back Will Davis scored the game's opening try after five minutes and fly-half Ben Roberts added the conversion.
Lydney gained a foothold in the game, though, when full-back Tony Wicks cut into Clifton's seven-point advantage with a penalty three minutes later.
But Roberts then followed that up with two penalties of his own on ten and 20 minutes to stretch their lead to 13-3 before the second try arrived.
Clifton hooker Paul Finken was the man to get it two minutes before the break and Roberts' conversion sent them into half-time 17 points up.
Bell made two changes at the start of the second half but it could not stop the Bristol outfit pulling further clear.
Outside centre James Golledge grabbed Clifton's third and final try with half an hour to go, Roberts' successful kick pushing them out to a 27-3 lead.
Lydney's young fly-half Curtis Russell chipped into their advantage with a drop goal on the hour but Roberts wiped that off the board with a penalty four minutes later.
There was time left for Bell to come off the bench and have the last word when he went over for a consolation score with seven minutes to go with the conversion off target.
With the campaign starting so brightly following the home bonus-point win over Barking, Bell needs to find a win and some momentum soon, otherwise another season of struggle may ensue.
CLIFTON: M Williams (B Barnes, 53); B Foley, J Golledge, W Pomphrey, S Harrison (J Mason, 70); B Roberts, C Bradley; W Davis, P Finken, C Bullimore (A Golledge, 64); G Biaci, M Westlake; P Schmid, J Stephenson (J Lovell, 53), J Levis. Unused replacement: M Salter.
LYDNEY: T Wicks; C Holder, J Innes, D Chui, L Beer (A Hall, 40); R Curtis, J Graham; B Lewis (D Allison, 70), J Fields, A Jarrett (D Bell, 64); P Butcher, D Bennett; R Hall (J McMahon, 53), T Longton (W Jones, 40), M Taylor.