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D’s impress but lose out

PUBLISHED: 09:58 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

LONDON FOUR NE South Woodham 21 Dagenham 5 DAGENHAM turned in an excellent performance, but were eventually beaten by South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday. The D s started brightly, but it was Ferrers who took the lead with a converted score. It was 14-0 so

LONDON FOUR NE

South Woodham 21 Dagenham 5

DAGENHAM turned in an excellent performance, but were eventually beaten by South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday.

The D's started brightly, but it was Ferrers who took the lead with a converted score.

It was 14-0 soon afterwards as the hosts doubled their advantage, but although Dagenham came back well, they could find no way through a well marshalled defence.

The D's upped their work rate in the second period, as centres Paul Roberts and John Hobden made a number of telling breaks, but the visitors couldn't keep up their momentum.

Finally, Roberts was rewarded for his hard-working performance, holding off several defenders to score out wide, but Simon Foster was unable to convert.

The home side though closed out the game in a professional manner and sheer weight of numbers allowed them to grab another score in the final minute.

A vital home game against Wymondham is on the agenda for the D's next Saturday.

Despite the defeat, head coach Mark Collins was upbeat about his side's performance.

"It was probably the best game we've played this season," he said.

"Unfortunately we were beaten by the better team on the day. Rugby can be a cruel game.

"Sometimes you can play badly and lose and play well and lose and that's what happened to us.

"A few people put their hands up at the weekend and said 'what about me?' We had good movement and didn't do a lot wrong.

"We made a couple of errors and we were 7-0 down after 14 minutes.

"We were quite unfortunate not to get a couple of scores at the end and they scored to finish the game off.

"They probably edged it. They're a good side. On another day we'll wipe the floor with people.

"We played well but need to control the ball better.


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