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D’s coach still positive despite difficult week

12:33 21 January 2015

Dagenham players (red and white) in action earlier in the season

Dagenham players (red and white) in action earlier in the season

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Key player set to depart following defeat last Saturday

Dagenham take on Millwall this weekend in the President’s Cup and coach Mark Collins is still siming, despite losing another key player.

Mitchell Din is set to join Essex One rivals Upper Clapton, but coach Collins is upbeat about Saturday’s tie.

D’s lost 36-6 to Canvey Island last weekend, but Millwall fared even worse in an 84-5 loss to Upper Clapton.

“What with them getting a tonking and us getting a tonking it should be a close game,” joked Collins about the cup clash at Millwall.

“I have just signed a couple of London Lithuanian guys because they have disbanded, so they will fill a couple of gaps for us.

“After the Canvey game Mitch has turned around and said he is off and you can guess where to.

“He has been an important player, so it is up to him. He might stay, he might not.”

D’s were heavily beaten by Canvey with Din kicking two penalties in their defeat.

But it was a different story before the interval.

“The first half was great. We defended well and came close to getting a couple of tries,” said Collins.

“We played some good rugby and turned around 10-6, but in the second half everything we did just didn’t come off.”

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