D’s on the up after derby day victory

PUBLISHED: 11:28 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 August 2010

DAGENHAM earned their second league win of the season with a gutsy performance against Upminster at the weekend.


Dagenham 15 Upminster 7

DAGENHAM earned their second league win of the season with a gutsy performance against Upminster at the weekend.

The game was keenly-contested from the start, with the visitors well-drilled pack causing problems, but the D's defence held firm.

With players returning to the ranks, the hosts' line-out was superb all day and provided a plentiful supply of ball for the backs to use.

It was from a line-out that Dagenham took the lead as the ball was moved wide and Perry Lock collected well on the bounce to finish expertly in the corner.

The conversion was just wide, but the score proved a real confidence booster for the D's.

Debutant Lee Griffiths showed his pedigree with a superb charge through the heart of the Upminster defence, and within minutes it was 12-0 as he broke several tackles to touch down, while Louis Stevens kicked the conversion.

D's started the second period a little scruffily, and surrendered territory to the visitors.

After several minutes of sustained pressure, Upminster managed a converted score to bring themselves right back into the equation.

Dagenham were determined not to let their lead slip though as Steve Tucker, James Griffiths and Ian Semain continued to be imperious in the line-out.

Defensively, the home side remained solid, with the midfield trio of John Hobden, West Calverley and Simon Argent putting in some great work, while Nick Ereira was denied by a superb tackle when he looked like scoring.

A penalty from Stevens extended the lead to 15-7 though, before the last 15 minutes became something of a war of attrition, but Dagenham closed the game out in a professional manner to claim a vital two points.

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