Depleted D’s go out of the cup
PUBLISHED: 16:13 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010
ESSEX INTERMEDIATE CUP QUARTER-FINAL Dagenham 8 Braintree 34 Dagenham slipped to defeat in their Essex Intermediate Cup quarter-final clash against London Three North East outfit Braintree at the weekend. The D s, who were already without a number of play
ESSEX INTERMEDIATE CUP
Dagenham 8 Braintree 34
Dagenham slipped to defeat in their Essex Intermediate Cup quarter-final clash against London Three North East outfit Braintree at the weekend.
The D's, who were already without a number of players, had another reshuffle when John Hobden and Neil Davis were both struck down by illness.
Nonetheless, the home side began in positive mode and after several phases of good play, Simon Foster slotted over a penalty.
The scoreline became even better when Louis Stevens spotted a gap and chipped for onrushing wing Perry Lock to hack through and score.
Unfortunately, Lock was injured in the act of grounding the ball and Dagenham had to re-organise again.
The visitors came back into the game, using their impressive ball carriers to good effect.
They grabbed two quick tries in succession, one converted to give them a 12-8 half-time lead.
Dagenham were under the cosh for virtually all of the second period, as Braintree used their experience to keep the D's pinned back.
For much of the half, Dagenham defended heroically, thwarting several charges at the line, but ultimately, weight of numbers and fatigue set in, as a tiring home defence allowed the visitors to pull away and claim the win.
Cup specialist Darren Brooks made a dynamic 20-minute cameo appearance from the bench, but was unable to turn the tie in the D's favour.
Despite the reverse, this was the highest placed team the D's have ever faced in a competitive fixture, and they will have learnt a lot from this experience.
League action resumes this weekend, when Dagenham make the short trip to Hall Lane to take on Upminster.
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