Essex League Division One Shield: Mark Collins targets strong finish to Dagenham’s campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:30 31 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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Central Park club make trip to second-from-bottom Burnham this weekend looking to complete double over strugglers

Dagenham’s director of rugby Mark Collins is looking for his team to finish the Essex League Division One Shield campaign with two consecutive victories.

The D’s lost 53-26 at home to Harwich & Dovercourt last weekend, but lie fifth in the table with 21 points from 12 games.

Collins takes his squad to second-from-bottom Burnham this weekend hoping to end the season on a high and complete the double over the strugglers.

“I am hoping we can finish the campaign with two wins because we go away to Burnham and then we are at home to Witham, who are bottom,” he said.

“Two victories would be fantastic and it is looking good for us right now and we are all up for Saturday.

“Hopefully a few of our injuries can clear up and we will travel to Burnham with plenty of confidence.”

Dagenham have enjoyed a strong end to the campaign and were able to put out two teams at Central Park last weekend.

It left Collins beaming with pride and offers him and the D’s coaching staff plenty of

positives for next season.

He added: “We had enough players available last weekend to put three sides out if we wanted for one reason or another.

“We gave a debut to five 17-year-olds in the second team and they are all champing at the bite to get out there.

“They are all eager to play and we have only had two colts games, so we have tried to get them involved.

“We are trying to make it work and it was brilliant on Saturday. We all had a great day with the sun out, although it was a sharp wind!

“We are working doubly hard, but you need people to participate and to help the club by regularly turning up.”

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