Dagenham’s final countdown
PUBLISHED: 16:50 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010
ESSEX LEAGUE ONE Dagenham 43 Writtle 0 DAGENHAM kept up their charge in Essex One and prepared for this weekend s cup final against Maldon with a comprehensive victory against old foes Writtle to register their 11th league win on the trot. The Central Pa
ESSEX LEAGUE ONE
DAGENHAM kept up their charge in Essex One and prepared for this weekend's cup final against Maldon with a comprehensive victory against old foes Writtle to register their 11th league win on the trot.
The Central Park side were still without a number of key players, but they have proved time and time again what a great squad they have built up this season.
With a strong wind and some light rain falling, the conditions were difficult for both sides, but all the players showed a willingness to move the ball.
"If we'd let them get going they'd probably have matched us there," coach Mark Collins said. "We were quite good considering the conditions. We're not great with the wind behind our backs and the conditions were atrocious."
Dagenham made a cautious start, but two well-struck penalties from West Calverley settled the nerves.
Writtle came back hard and they made a number of good breaks, but they could find no way through some dogged Dagenham defence.
This defensive stint added to the home sides growing confidence, and they soon had their first try, as Nick Ereira stepped off his wing and showed good pace and strength to finish. Calverley added the conversion to give the D's a 13-0 lead.
Writtle continued to press, but as ball was spilt, Louis Stevens, broke away up the left wing before firing an inch perfect pass to Kieran Clancy, who sprinted home.
With Dagenham now exerting a bit more control, they managed to add one more score before half time, as Simon Argent continued his fine form, picking a great line and breaking several tackles to finish. That touchdown left the half time score at 23-0 in favour of the D's.
Playing into the elements, the D's will have been very pleased with their second half performance.
Opportunities were hard to come by early on but a well-worked move saw Dexter Devlin finish out wide.
The score added real belief to the D's play and they were quick to build on that try, Jordan Wigham finishing powerfully out on the left, after some good phases in the midfield.
Writtle continued to battle hard, but Dagenham were in no mood to ease up, adding two more tries before the death.
James Roberts bundled his way over, the try a reward for a number of excellent second half breaks, and the curtain was brought down by Dave Purton who crashed over with the last play of the game.
This was another excellent victory for the D's, and keeps them firmly in the promotion hunt with two games to play.
"We kept our points difference lead on Writtle which was the aim and that was pleasing," said a happy Collins. "Phil Crawley came back into the action and got 30 minutes which was also pleasing."
Next weekend Dagenham take on Maldon in the final of the Essex President's Shield, kick off is 2.30pm at Ilford Wanderers RFC.