D’s lose after first half woe
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010
LONDON FOUR NE BILLERICAY 26 DAGENHAM 23 A LACKLUSTRE first half performance saw Dagenham edged out in this crunch London Four NE relegation encounter. The hosts had first use of the slope and took immediate advantage, with a penalty and converted try in
LONDON FOUR NE
A LACKLUSTRE first half performance saw Dagenham edged out in this crunch London Four NE relegation encounter.
The hosts had first use of the slope and took immediate advantage, with a penalty and converted try in the opening 10 minutes.
D's hit back quickly as Jack Pearce went over for a fine individual try.
The joy was shortlived though, as the visitors couldn't stamp their authority on the game, with Billericay adding two more tries and a penalty to lead 23-5.
Knowing that further scores would give them them a mountain to climb, D's grabbed a score just before the break, through James Roberts as they trailed 23-10.
In the second half, D's had the slope to their advantage and gave themselves hope when John Hobden finished well.
Shortly afterwards, Simon Foster brought the score to 23-18 when he landed a penalty.
The three points were quickly erased as indiscipline at the ruck and back chat, gave Billericay a kickable penalty which they took full advantage of.
Dagenham came back again, and Foster weaved his way through the home defence before stretching out over the line for another try.
With time to spare, it seemed like the D's had the momentum to go on and claim the win, but they lacked the accuracy of the previous week and didn't create any further clear-cut opportunities, and it was Billericay celebrating at the final whistle.
The Central Park side now face a trip to Norwich this week to face rock bottom side Crusaders, who have just one point to their name this season.
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