Dagenham secure the Shield, now for promotion!
PUBLISHED: 15:02 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010
Essex President s Shield Final Dagenham 16 Maldon 7 Dagenham s memorable season continued as they lifted the President s Shield for the third time in five seasons at the weekend. It was Maldon who started the brighter as they took the game to Dagenham, fo
Essex President's Shield Final
Dagenham 16 Maldon 7
Dagenham's memorable season continued as they lifted the President's Shield for the third time in five seasons at the weekend.
It was Maldon who started the brighter as they took the game to Dagenham, forcing a number of penalties.
Eventually this pressure told, when the Maldon outside centre darted home under the posts and the conversion was added for a seven-point lead.
The D's knew they had to play the atrocious weather better and got back into the contest using their forwards to good effect.
When Maldon infringed at a ruck, West Calverley stepped up to confidently slot the penalty home to get his side on the board.
From the restart, Dagenham continued to push hard as their forward dominated the scrum allowing Dexter Devlin to grab D's a slim lead.
The Central Park side were looking to build on this before the break, and they did so with another try.
Again, it came via the forwards, as a number of pick and drives got them close, before man of the match Jordan Wigham finished powerfully to make it 13-7 at the break.
The second period began well for the D's as dogged defence kept their opponents pinned in their own half.
Maldon then found another gear, and had their most threatening period since the start but outstanding tackles from Calverley, Louis Stevens and Neil Davis kept them at bay.
Having weathered this storm, the D's worked their way downfield and again used a close driving game to superb effect as they won a penalty which Calverley slotted home to secure victory and the trophy.
A delighted head coach Mark Collins said: "It was a hard-fought game. The conditions played a big part and we had surface water and a greasy ball.
"You name it, we had it. There were a lot of errors and the team who made less errors won the game. That was us.
"Our second half performance from the boys showed so much desire to win the game and I was so pleased for them.