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Essex League Division One Shield: Dagenham’s director of rugby Mark Collins eyes more away reward at Writtle Wanderers

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 March 2017

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Central Park club are braced for a tough test at Chelmsford-based outfit, but are looking to pick up some bonus points

Dagenham’s director of rugby Mark Collins hopes his players can claim some reward at Essex League Division One Shield leaders Writtle Wanderers this weekend.

The D’s defeated hosts Witham 7-5 last Saturday to make it back-to-back wins after beating Burnham on February 18.

Collins knows his squad will not be expected to earn another victory, but feels they can pick up some bonus points.

“We will look to do the best we can and I’m happy because we have just got back-to-back wins,” said Collins.

“If we can now go to the leaders and come away with something then I will be even more pleased.”

Writtle are top of the eight-team division, while Dagenham are fifth, but only four points off fourth-placed Pegasus Palmerians.

After winning at Witham last weekend, the D’s are full of confidence, though fully aware of the next task at hand.

Collins added: “This weekend is a different scenario because Writtle are probably favourites to top the division.

“If we can go there and we don’t have a number of people out sick then who knows what could happen?

“They have made it a two o’clock kick-off, so we will go there and try to get something from the game.

“As I always say, if we can nick a result there then we will and if we don’t it is not for the want of trying.”

Even though Collins was pleased with Dagenham’s narrow success at Witham, he was frustrated with some late drop-outs.

Three players pulled out with sickness on the morning of last Saturday’s win and it left D’s director of rugby briefly sweating.

Fortunately he was able to get some more players together and now the Central Park club are looking at a top-four finish.

With Pegasus just six points ahead of them, that is not out of the equation just yet.

But Collins said: “There is always a situation you have to deal with and it does seem never-ending at the moment.

“I think it is just like that in our area, so I have to adapt to things just like the players do on the pitch.

“Hopefully we can get the right balance in the side to face Writtle this weekend and we can have a go.

“If we can try and move up one place in the league then I’ll be happy. I believe a top-four finish is definitely achievable.”


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