D’s stay top as resurgent Bancroft are crushed
PUBLISHED: 16:35 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010
Essex One Dagenham 31 Bancroft 3 DAGENHAM kept hold of top spot in Essex One with this fine win over Bancroft. The hosts started brightly and could find no way through a resurgent visiting defence until Nick Ereira raced home. Bancroft reduced the arrears
Dagenham 31 Bancroft 3
DAGENHAM kept hold of top spot in Essex One with this fine win over Bancroft.
The hosts started brightly and could find no way through a resurgent visiting defence until Nick Ereira raced home.
Bancroft reduced the arrears via a penalty, but the home side ended the half strongly.
The back row trio of Daryl Keen, James Griffiths and James Roberts were in great form, as Keen and Griffiths both grabbed excellent tries to give the D's a 19-3 interval lead.
The Central Park side were in no mood to let things slip and produced a competent second half showing.
The pack were efficient at the set piece and dilligent in support, while they were constantly well marshalled by Louis Stevens.
As the half wore on, Dagenham took command again and Keen, who was in inspired form all game, grabbed his second score of the afternoon.
The D's managed to score a fifth try near the end, when a beautiful jinking run from Simon Argent took him to within a couple of metres of the line, and as the ball was recycled by the pack, Jordan Wigham stretched out to touch down.
A delighted head coach Mark Collins, said: "We were fantastic. I was very pleased with our performance. We had to sort out our passing, where to play the ball, but it was nice to see the players keep the scoreboard ticking.
"The first try came from very good patience, we turned the ball over, scored a good try and the boys put into practice what we discussed.
"It's looking good. The games coming up will get tough. We know that the opposition have watched us and taken their notes but, hopefully, we'll come out on top.
"On our day we're a very good side. I was pleased with their attitude and they gave a good account of themselves.
"The boys have given me a problem.
They've given me a headache but it's a nice headache to have.
"People are playing well and if they keep fit I'm sure they'll keep producing the performances.