Essex League Division One Shield: Mark Collins frustrated despite Dagenham’s away success at Witham

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 March 2017

The rugby season is drawing to a close (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The rugby season is drawing to a close (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The D’s had a number of absentees on Saturday and wasted plenty of chances, but still earned a 7-5 victory

Mark Collins was far from happy despite Dagenham making it back-to-back wins in the Essex League Division One Shield on Saturday with a narrow 7-5 victory at lowly Witham.

The D’s director of rugby had to contend with several late drop outs and felt his team could have won by a larger scoreline.

Although Collins could excuse one of his absentees last weekend, he was frustrated with some of his squad.

He said: “We had three cry off with illness on the morning of the game and another had put his nail through his finger.

“In fairness to the lad who injured his finger, he trained with us on Thursday and then went hospital and they said it had gone through his ligament.

“After all that I had to make a few desperate phone calls on Saturday to get bodies in place and it worked out in the end.”

It did and Dagenham continued their resurgence in 2017 with another victory to consolidate fifth place in the table.

The D’s have won three of their last four fixtures, but only scored one try on Saturday and that disappointed Collins.

Nevertheless, the former Romford & Gidea Park head coach could not hide his delight at triumphing again.

Collins added: “We left six or seven tries out on the paddock, which is never good news despite the end scoreline.

“Our lads had big forwards running at them all day long, but they are attuned to that now and did well.

“We were 7-0 up at half time and Writham scored a try after the restart, but they hardly got into our territory other than that.

“Our defending was really good and it was great to get another W in the column, so I was happy.”

But Collins knows he has a lot of work to do in order to get Dagenham back up into the London Leagues.

“Every time you think you have cracked it something else crops up and that is what it is like for us,” he said.

“I haven’t just got to manage 40 or 50 people at Dagenham, I have to manage the whole club.

“You think we are doing well, so we should be at full strength and then something else happens.

“I do think it is the same for all director of rugby’s and head coaches across the whole country to be honest though.”

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