A happy dozen for Dagenham as league title beckons
PUBLISHED: 17:47 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 August 2010
Essex One Old Bbrentwoods 7 Dagenham 35 Dagenham made it 12 league wins in a row with an excellent performance at Old Brentwoods on Saturday. The result put the D s in pole position to take the league title as they lead the Essex One table, with just one
Old Bbrentwoods 7 Dagenham 35
Dagenham made it 12 league wins in a row with an excellent performance at Old Brentwoods on Saturday.
The result put the D's in pole position to take the league title as they lead the Essex One table, with just one game to go.
The visitors started strongly, but perhaps the three-week break had taken some of their sharpness as they made a few unforced errors.
They eventually took the lead when Billy Nelson finished well and Louis Steve added the extras.
Brentwoods came back strongly, with some dangerous runners, leaving D's thankful for the last-ditch tackling of Simon Argent and Ben Fowler.
Dagenham managed to inch their way forward, with back-rowers James Griffiths and James Roberts making a number of good carries.
The lead was extended from a line-out 10 metres out as Fowler was driven over the line, Stevens again converting.
With some breathing space under their belts, the Central Park side opened up a little and they finished the half clinically.
Left wing Perry Lock, who had an outstanding game, finished off smartly on two occasions to give the visitors a handy 28-0 lead at the break, as Stevens was again on target.
Playing up the slope in the second period, the visitors found the going tougher, but they controlled the play.
They absorbed most of what Old Brentwoods threw at them and for the most part the discipline was solid.
D's continued to make some good breaks too, with Dexter Devlin and West Calverley stretching the defence on several occasions, while the forwards also carried well and make the hard yards.
However, a couple of mistakes allowed the home side to squeeze over for a converted score.
This blip though served as a wake-up call to the D's and they responded superbly.
From the kick off, Jordan Wigham made a thunderous hit to dislodge the ball and this set the tone for 10 minutes of real pressure.
Several close drives took them close to the line before the influential Steve Tucker made a great break before expertly offloading to Wigham who crashed over under the posts.
After the game, head coach Mark Collins said: "It was nice to get the result. In the first half we played with the elements in our backs on a slopey pitch and at times we were a little bit dysfunctional in our organisation, which could've let them through.
"We played very well going uphill in the second half and it was a good effort from the boys.
"There was a lot of tension before the game as we knew we had to go out and perform.
"Old Brentwoods were a well-coached side and it was a tricky game to play in but we rose to the occasion in the end.
"The main thing is that we won the game. We need to win games first then worry about the performance afterwards and we got ourselves into a position to win this game.
"Selection this weekend (against Millwall) will be a funny old game as we'll have to see how unavailabilities pan out.
"We have injury problems in our front row and there are a few battling to be fit, but the boys who played well in this match are in contention to play.
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