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Dagenham take positives from cup loss

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 September 2015

A Dagenham player goes on the attack at Millwall (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Dagenham player goes on the attack at Millwall (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Central Park outfit were beaten in Junior Vase by Essex One rivals Millwall

Dagenham and Millwall contest a scrum during their Junior Vase clash (pic: Tim Edwards).Dagenham and Millwall contest a scrum during their Junior Vase clash (pic: Tim Edwards).

Dagenham head coach Mark Collins was pleased with several aspects of his sides Junior Vase clash at Millwall last weekend despite them losing 24-12.

Dave Kitenge crossed the line twice for the D’s while Lee Dyer added a conversation, but they were unable to respond to conceding two tries early on.

That enabled the hosts to progress in the competition, but ahead of their opening fixture of the Essex One season on Saturday, Collins was satisfied with the work out.

He said: “Going up against Millwall, we conceded two early tries so we were a little bit unlucky there.

“We worked our way into the game, but we were too slow in the line out and Millwall got some joy from that.

Dagenham opponents get to grips with their Millwall rivals during Saturday's Junior Vase clash (pic: Tim Edwards).Dagenham opponents get to grips with their Millwall rivals during Saturday's Junior Vase clash (pic: Tim Edwards).

“Dave powered his way over the line just before half time. He got both our tries. His first effort was five minutes before the break, but unfortunately we shipped a try straight through the middle straight after that.

“We worked hard in the first half going up the hill and against the wind.”

Collins felt that third try for Millwall, just before half time, was crucial because the D’s won the second half 7-5.

That second half display was another sign of encouragement for Dagenham as they continue to rebuild following a turbulent 2014/15 campaign.

“We made a few changes to the defensive system at half time and that bore fruit,” added Collins.

“Dave went over again and Lee Dyer kicked the conversation so that made it 19-12 to them, but we lost our shape for a little bit and they nicked another before the end of the game to make it 24-12.

“It was a vast improvement on the last time we went down there because we shipped 45 points that day, back in March losing 45-19.”


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