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Essex League Division One: Mark Collins happy with Dagenham’s work-out at Chingford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:04 31 August 2017

A Dagenham player attacks (pic Tim Edwards)

A Dagenham player attacks (pic Tim Edwards)

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Central Park director of rugby pleased with pre-season so far, but looking to arrange another friendly for September 2

Dagenham director of rugby Mark Collins saw plenty of positives from his team during their 52-27 defeat away to Chingford last weekend.

The D’s put up a strong fight at Lee Valley Playing Fields, but eventually scuppered to a defeat against their second-team opponents.

With Dagenham’s season not starting for another two weeks, Collins was impressed with the efforts of his players.

He said: “We did well against Chingford on Saturday and scored five tries, so I was very happy with that. The last 20 minutes we lost our concentration and the score run away from us, but we were pleased.

“We have lost a couple of people this summer, which happens, but we have also seen a few guys return and I am happy. with how things are going right now”

Dagenham have been back in pre-season training for a number of weeks ahead of the new Essex League Division One campaign, which starts on September 9.

Although the Central Park club have plenty of work still to do, Collins was encouraged by some of D’s play. at the weekend

“Chingford’s first-team lost in the play-offs to reach the National League last season, so we knew they would have a strong second and third-team,” said the ex-Romford & Gidea Park head coach.

“All things considered the lads equipped themselves well and a lot of the things we had worked on the paddock came off, so I was happy.”

This summer Dagenham have spent more time working on positional play and tactics rather than building fitness at the start.

In recent pre-seasons, the D’s have spent the first couple of weeks doing testing sessions and improving fitness, but this year they have switched their focus.

“We have changed our concept this summer and scrapped with the testing to work more on the ball in hand and positional play and the patterns we can do,” said Collins.

“The boys seem to be enjoying it so far, which is the main thing for us as coaches, and we saw good things against Chingford. We are now looking to sort out a friendly for September 2.”

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