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Foster boots D’s to a much-needed win

PUBLISHED: 16:47 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

LONDON FOUR NE Dagenham 15 Beccles 14 Four penalties and a drop goal from the boot of fly-half Simon Foster, saw Dagenham earn a vital win over third-placed Beccles on Saturday. The D s had to reshuffle their side with Bill Davis back in the team, but the

LONDON FOUR NE

Dagenham 15 Beccles 14

Four penalties and a drop goal from the boot of fly-half Simon Foster, saw Dagenham earn a vital win over third-placed Beccles on Saturday.

The D's had to reshuffle their side with Bill Davis back in the team, but they began poorly to trail 9-0 after Beccles kicked three penalties.

Dagenham were not prepared to lie down though as the front row of Sean Clarke, Ben Fowler and Bill Worthington toiled manfully, while Davis and Ian Semain were imperious on the floor.

Jordan Wigham, Gary Knowlden and James Griffiths provided the willingness, while John Hobdem showed great stature as Foster slotted over a penalty of his own to make the half-time score 9-3.

Beccles looked in command when they went over at the start of the second half, but crucially, the score wasn't converted.

A rallying call from skipper Ben Fowler got the hosts on their way as Paul Roberts and West Calverley became dangerous, while Lock, Nelson and Covell all went close.

A beautifully-struck Foster drop goal made it 14-6, and they reduced the lead to 14-12 with just five minutes left.

The momentum was with the home side, and after a series of close drives, the visitors were again penalised for offside and Foster, who had his best game in a Dagenham shirt, stepped up to slot the kick.

With less than a minute on the clock, the D's were able to hold on and claim a hard-fought win.

A delighted head coach, Mark Collins, said: "We did well, we stayed in it but for the first 40 minutes we were a bit apprehensive.

"We maybe kept thinking about our position in the table but this win has at least moved us up a little and pulled us away from the other teams.

"We're not out of trouble yet, but some of the other results went for us.

"We played with apprehension and I think that was more to do with the situation we're in.

"Seventy-five per cent of the time it went quite well.

"We'll have to see if we can train this week with the weather, but we needed that win."

Dagenham will have a well-earned break next weekend, before another huge test when they travel to Billericay.


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