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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 21 - Dagenham 5

On a bright but windy day SWF hosted Dagenham

at Saltcoats keen to carry on their push for promotion.

Dagenham started well controlling the ball and making

good ground with their strong running centre. Woodham's

general lack of urgency allowed Dagenham vast amounts

of possession but, as it was with last weeks game, the home

teams strategy of a strong defence coupled with a counter

attack on turn over ball paid dividends, when from one of

these turnovers prop Duncan Grewcock broke free from

Woodham's 22 and released then ever impressive Lee Guess

to sprint away and score out wide. Brown's excellent kick

was good 7-0. This settled the home team and they began

to move the ball with invention but final passes were dropped

or thrown forward at crucial times squandering scoring opportunities.

Woodham did managed to get on the score sheet again when

from a good lineout drive the forwards made ground into the

visitors 22. From two further quick rucks the ball was shipped

wide. Winger Duggan cutting back inside was stopped just short.

Fortunately for him Adam Brown was on hand to dot down.

Brown's conversion was again good 14-0.

Dagenham responded well managing to exert pressure on Woodham's

line culminating in a yellow card for SWF skipper Mcllellan. Dagenham

sensing a score on half time opted for a scrum rather than the points,

but Woodham's tenacious defence held firm. Half time 14-0.

Dagenham continued applying the pressure in the second half and

managed to score an unconverted try. From a scrum on the

home teams 5m line the ball was moved blind to Dagenham's useful

centre to step out of the tackle and score out wide. 14-5

SWF bolstered the pack bringing Sean Slater into prop and new signing

Steve Jones to the second row. Woodham's offloading and support

play began to cut through the visitors defence and it was Woodham

who finished the stronger. A stolen line out by Jones on Dagenham's

22 gave a good platform for the home teams forwards to drive to

the line. After a number of controlled phases Woodham's number 8

was on hand to crash over down the narrow side. Brown's conversion

from the touch line was good. Final score 21-5.

Woodham travel to Upminster next week, which will be a tough match

on their infamous sloping pitch.

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