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Poor start costs Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:27 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

SLIDING IN: West Calverley goes over for a try for Dagenham in their defeat against Basildon on Saturday.           Photo: George Phillipou.

SLIDING IN: West Calverley goes over for a try for Dagenham in their defeat against Basildon on Saturday. Photo: George Phillipou.

A POOR first half performance cost Dagenham in their first league outing of the season at the weekend.

LONDON THREE NORTH EAST

Dagenham 20 Basildon 24

A POOR first half performance cost Dagenham in their first league outing of the season at the weekend.

A fired-up Basildon tore into the Central Park side from the kick-off.

The hosts repelled the early charges and just as they began to make inroads into the Basildon defence, the visitors broke away and dotted down under the posts for a converted score.

Dagenham came back hard, the pack toiling manfully and a very well functioning set-piece provided steady ball.

The pressure eventually paid dividends when a penalty at the ruck allowed West Calverley to reduce the arrears.

Dagenham then had their worst period of the game as Basildon raced over for two more scores and led 19-3.

At this point it was hard to see a way back for the home side, but they were given hope just before the break, as the impressive James Griffiths finished powerfully in the corner.

The conversion was wide, but the try was a tonic to the home side going into the interval.

The second period saw a brighter start for the Ds, but they fell further behind when Basildon took advantage of a lucky bounce to score again and move 24-8 ahead.

Dagenham then rolled their sleeves up and fought back hard to try and salvage some pride.

Another line-out was driven towards the line and Kieran Clancy peeled off, to dive over in the corner for a try that his performance deserved.

This saw D's with their tails up now, and they threw everything at the away side.

With 10 minutes to go Calverley finally found a way through the defence to touch down.

He then converted his own try to give the hosts a real chance of victory.

Unfortunately they could not quite eke out another try that would have snatched a win, that had seemed very unlikely at one point.

Dagenham visit local rivals Wanstead next weekend.


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