3rds cross the Thames and deliver great performance!
By Mark Newson
DRUFC history in the making
This week saw a historic day at DRUFC as, after a few false starts, the club finally managed to field a 3rd team for the first time in around 10 years.
The new team of old and new heads made their way over the Thames to Dartford Valley RFC, who had kindly offered to host for the afternoon.
On arrival it became apparent that Dartford Valley play at the Leigh Academy. We kept quiet that some of the squad are probably not allowed within 50 meters of a school!
After a quick warm up of a fag and a boot about the game kicked off.
From the off Valley used their big forwards to punch up the middle and within 5 minutes had added their first score of the afternoon. The Central Park boys then gathered themselves together and managed to secure some possession. Despite the weight disadvantage the Dagenham pack held their own in the scrums.
On one such occasion the D’s shipped the Ball to Maleek, who showed his ballet skills and added the visitors first score.
Dartford came straight back and after some quick tap penalties again went under the posts.
Dagenham, undeterred, pushed on. Conor Boot winning almost every lineout (of either throw in) helped the D’s get the ball to their effective backs. After a few chances were kicked away hooker Stu Ali went on a storming run and crossed the whitewash.
The D’s then took control for the rest of the half with great running through the defence from Ian Robinson, Jack Andrews, Bill Smith and Jason Lindsey. Before the half time whistle fly-half Joe O’ Sullivan and Maleek added more scores giving a half time score of 31-14 to the visitors.
In the 2nd half unfortunately 3 Dagenham players had to take a forced break. Ian Fergie and Jack Andrews both receiving yellow cards for high tackles, Maleek for succumbing to the effects of his previous nights antics!
With extra players on the field, Valley used this to their advantage and returned a score.
Dagenham then regrouped and with Maleek back on, he pranced around the Dartford defence and scored under the posts for his hat-trick.
Dartford were not finished and despite some excellent tackling, particularly from Mark Goodenough they again used quick tap penalties to come within a score of the visitors.
With 4 minutes on the clock, the D’s again defended well and once a scrum was awarded with the clock in Red the ball was kicked into the hedge!
Final Score 28-36
It really was a great effort from everyone in a Dagenham shirt. There must have been something in the Kent water as most of the players had their best performance I have ever seen.
Thanks to Dartford for hosting us and playing the game in great spirits.
Cox, I Fergie, Ali, Andrews, Newson, Lindsey, Thomson, B Smith, Boot, O’ Sullivan, Maleek, Robinson, J Smith, Goodenough, Harold, Riley
Maleek x 3
Ali x 1
Andrews x 1
O’ Sullivan x 1
O’ Sullivan x 3