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Dagenham now in pole position for promotion

PUBLISHED: 16:15 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010

ESSEX ONE Ilford Wanderers 7 Dagenham 25 Dagenham kept their place at the top of the table by securing a vital two points at fellow promotion-chasers Ilford Wanderers on Saturday. The D s came out of the blocks very strongly, confining the home side to th

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Ilford Wanderers 7 Dagenham 25

Dagenham kept their place at the top of the table by securing a vital two points at fellow promotion-chasers Ilford Wanderers on Saturday.

The D's came out of the blocks very strongly, confining the home side to their own 22.

There were a number of stand out performances from the Central Park side, one of those belonging to Simon Argent, and it was the Dagenham outside centre who finally touched down to break the deadlock.

Paul Roberts added the extras and soon after increased the lead to 10 points via a penalty.

The forwards were really starting to perform and laid on good ball for the backs.

Roberts slotted a further penalty to ensure Dagenham led 13-0 at the break.

The D's knew the importance of a good start to the second period and they did that.

Turning from the kick off, Argent eventually chipped the ball forward and won the race to the touch down.

Roberts conversion was good and it was 20-0 to the visitors.

Play started to become a bit scrappy which allowed David North to go over for the hosts, but Dagenham regrouped.

When they were awarded a penalty, skipper Ben Fowler opted for a scrum and when the pack drove forward, James Roberts touched down.

The victory ensures that D's are now in pole position to take the Essex One title.

A satisfied head coach Mark Collins said: "It's another good away win for us, but I was a bit disappointed with Ilford's tactics.

"They kept slowing play down, wrapping themselves around the ball.

"They got two yellow cards, but that came too late. Some of the Ilford players looked tired, one area they expected to dominate in was the scrum but we were impressive in that department."

Next week, Dagenham travel to Bancroft to contest the semi-final of the Essex President's Shield.

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