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May & Baker bounced back against rivals Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:24 26 October 2017

Bakers hold firm in a scrum  (Pic: Jack Courtney)

Bakers hold firm in a scrum (Pic: Jack Courtney)

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May & Baker got back to winning ways against rivals Dagenham with a 31-29 victory this weekend.

Bakers wiped the slate clean from their previous encounter against Ilford as they made the short away trip.

Bakers kicked off with the wind behind them but the deep kick allowed a quick Dagenham team to bring the ball into Bakers 22.

The visitors held firm and were able to win the penalty to return the ball down field.

After winning a scrum on the home sides five meter line, the pack put in a big drive to open the scoring.

Playing against the wind Dagenham hung the ball in the air from the restart reclaiming the ball to put the pressure back on Bakers.

They held firm but were conceding many penalties in the process and soon found themselves down to 14 men.

However Dagenham wasn’t coming away with the points which Bakers soon punished them with another try this time the extras were added.

With the encounter tight and both sides being very physical at the break down tempers began to flair and both sides saw themselves a player down before Bakers picked their third try to make it 19-0.

Dagenham battled hard and were able to cross the white wash before the break leaving the score 5-19.

With the second half starting both sides were back to 15 aside, but Bakers started slow and the ball was charged down which the hosts touched down and converted to bring the game to within seven.

It was soon all square when Dagenham spread the ball wide to score.

Dagenham took the lead with a penalty kick but the visitors fought back and forced pressure on the home line and a poor clearance kick allowed Bakers to touch down in the corner.

Dagenham restarted and began to stretch Bakers and a couple of missed tackles allowed Dagenham to score a converted try with just eight minutes to play.

Bakers soon levelled the score before slotting home the extras to put them two points up with just a couple of minutes to play.

Dagenham managed one more attack but bakers were able to force the knock on to secure another win and an all-important bonus point.

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