For Thurrock, it was nice to get back to winning ways and, more the point, avenge an earlier defeat at home by what was, by all accounts, Dagenham’s 1st team!!
Several players had returned to the team after the recent long lay off and it was one of these, Dave Graham, who drove over from a 5 metre scrum from flanker. Cotter converted. However, Dagenham hit back immediately with a well taken try of their own to score wide out on the wing. The Thurrock pack now became increasingly dominant in the scrum, with Steve Vickers taking a couple against the head. From one such scrum, Cotter kicked long and the Dagenham full back had to run it into touch. From this 5 metre line, Captain Walsh caught and the Thurrock pack drove over for Tony Millsom to score. At half time the score was 5 – 12 to Thurrock, who were now playing with the very considerable wind.
The second half saw Thurrock increase their efforts all round and it was Luke Cotter who broke the line in the opposition 22 and went over unopposed under the Dagenham posts and converted his own try. With the Thurrock forwards winning plenty of ball, the scrums had to go uncontested, which was not in Thurrock’s best interest. After several good ‘hard yards’ of pick and drive just outside the opposition 22, that man Tony Millsom surprisingly chipped over the defence and beat the full back to the touch down?! Cotter again converted. Then it was the turn of Mike Crawford to crash over from a couple of metres out after more good attacks from the forwards. Lastly, Reece Collins finished off a good backs handling move to score wide out.
Thurrock ran out deserved winners 5 – 43. Next week Thurrock 4ths are at home to League leaders Upper Clapton and are anticipating a good battle.