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Essex League Division One B: Mark Collins disappointed Dagenham failed to take chances at Bancroft

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 September 2017

A Dagenham player does his best to get past several Bancroft opponents (pic: Graham Hodges).

A Dagenham player does his best to get past several Bancroft opponents (pic: Graham Hodges).

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Director of rugby left frustrated after seeing his side squander various promising openings during Saturday’s loss

A Dagenham player looks to move the ball on quickly against Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges). A Dagenham player looks to move the ball on quickly against Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges).

Dagenham director of rugby Mark Collins felt his team missed a good opportunity to register a first Essex League Division One B win of the season on Saturday.

The D’s travelled to Bancroft with confidence despite an opening day defeat at home to Old Brentwoods, but lost again.

The Buckhurst Hill-based club proved too strong and ran out 24-12 winners after Dagenham couldn’t make the most of several good positions.

“We got ourselves back into it too late in the second half, so it was a case of ourselves not taking our early chances,” said Collins.

“Obviously both teams lost a player each, but I didn’t feel we capitalised enough when we had our man advantage where as they got two tries when we had a player in the sin-bin.

“I do feel we should have got more from the game, but our passing was a bit too lateral rather than going forward, so that’s something we need to work on.”

Collins saw his side fail to capitalise on some great openings during Saturday’s contest between two local clubs.

After losing 28-15 at Central Park to Old Brentwoods on September 9, it was almost a case of déjà vu for Dagenham last weekend.

The D’s went down by a 12-point margin on Saturday, compared to a 13-point loss on the opening day, but Collins was disappointing.

Dagenham players contest a scrum with their Bancroft rivals (pic: Graham Hodges). Dagenham players contest a scrum with their Bancroft rivals (pic: Graham Hodges).

He added: “We didn’t take our opportunities. We had three clear-cut chances in the first half, but our decision making came into question.

“We had a couple of clear run in, but guys checked back or made the wrong choice and we couldn’t make the most of our good positions.

“Bancroft had a man sin-binned for a tip-tackle and we got a yellow after dropping the maul and that could have been any of my three lads.

“They capitalised when they had their advantage, as they moved the scrum inside and they had numbers on the outside.

“It ended up being 19-5 at half time where they got one just before the end, but we still felt we had a chance, yet it wasn’t to be.”

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