Essex League Division One B: Mark Collins hoping to see Dagenham get off the mark at home to Pegasus Palmerians

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 25 September 2017

Dagenham director of rugby Mark Collins (centre) looks on from the touchline against Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges).

Dagenham director of rugby Mark Collins (centre) looks on from the touchline against Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges).


Central Park club have lost their opening two games of the campaign, but beat Saturday’s opponents at Central Park last season

A Dagenham players looks to tackle a Bancroft opponent (pic: Graham Hodges). A Dagenham players looks to tackle a Bancroft opponent (pic: Graham Hodges).

Mark Collins is confident Dagenham’s Essex League Division One B match at home to Pegasus Palmerians will go ahead.

The D’s are nursing a couple of injuries going into the weekend after a bruising contest with Bancroft last Saturday, which saw them go down 24-12.

Pegasus, on the other hand, were unable to fulfil their fixture at home to Ilford Wanderers on the same day, much to the surprise of many.

But Dagenham’s director of rugby has been assured the Stanford-le-Hope club will make the trip to Central Park tomorrow.

“We should be okay for this weekend despite having a few of the injury troubles at the moment,” said Collins.

“Pegasus Palmerians couldn’t field a team last Saturday, but they did confirm to me on Monday they would have a side for this game.

“Apparently the whole team was at a wedding, so who knows what actually happened, but that is what I was told.

“They will bring a team to us and we are looking forward to it and hopefully we can get some points on the board.”

Several Dagenham players look to halt a Bancroft opponent (pic: Graham Hodges). Several Dagenham players look to halt a Bancroft opponent (pic: Graham Hodges).

Despite Dagenham picking up a few injuries during the opening two weeks of the new campaign, they did also see some key personnel return last Saturday.

It wasn’t enough to help the D’s earn their first points of the season, as they lost again, having gone down 28-15 on September 9 at home to Old Brentwoods.

Collins added: “We did get a few back last weekend, so that is a positive for us going forward and we were not too far away at Bancroft.

“We have played two games and scored a couple of tries, but not done enough when we have been in good positions.

“Our decision making needs to get better because for the first 20 minutes of the second half last Saturday we were excellent.

“If we could have got the first score after the restart then we would have asked questions of Bancroft.

“As it was, they hit us on the break and it nudged the score a little bit too far away from us, but there were positives.”

Dagenham will aim to bounce back from two consecutive defeats on Saturday and know what they are likely to face.

“We know what to expect against Pegasus. They will have a lot of big lads and they will be experienced, but we did okay last season,” said Collins.

“At our place we nicked it (29-22) and we only lost narrowly on the road (38-21), so we will see where we are at this weekend.”

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