Dagenham 26 – 53 Harwich & Dovercourt
Cowley Gets The Jug In!
H&D travelled to Dagenham knowing they needed a win to keep pressure on the league leaders Writtle Wanderers.
This was never going to be an easy afternoon for H&D, who were up against a lively Dagenham side. The visitors were reminded of this when the home side opened the scoring after just five minutes, 7-0.
H&D were slowly getting in to the game and after ten minutes the forwards earnt a penalty kick inside the Dagenahm twenty-two, which Damien Smith converted, 7-3. Half-way through the first half Harwich started to build confidence and move the ball wide, this lead to their first try of the afternoon, with inside centre Owen Cowley crossing the line. The ever graceful Smith converted the try to put Harwich in front, 7-10.
The in-form Kyran Green then crossed the line for H&D, with Smith missing the conversion, 7-15.
Just before the break Harwich hooker Jack Cairns forced another penalty from the home side, with captain Josh Leeks opting for a kick at posts, Damien Smith converted, giving the visitors some breathing space at half time, 7-18.
After a below par first half performance, H&D went on to raise their game. Early second half tries from Kyran Green and Josh Jones secured the try scoring bonus point for the visitors, taking the score to 7-28.
Kyran describes his second try of the afternoon;
I watched Mills Jr step up to kick a penalty towards the touch line, he was aiming deep in to the oppositions 22, I knew he was never going to make touch, so I decided to chase this one. As Dagenham's fullback leapt like a salmon to keep the ball live, I was racing up the pitch, both teams were in awe as I caught the ball off the bounce, not many players would of performed this with such elegance and style. George being one of those players, I do love George, he's my favourite . I then handed-off the defending number 8 to gracefully place the ball over the try line, I think he noticed my hands were freshly moisturised as my palm brushed past his cheek. This was without doubt the most outstanding, beautiful and super great try ever.
At this point the match turned in to a very open game of rugby, Dagenham were not going to let Harwich win this one easily and responded with two tries, 19 – 28.
Harwich’s substitutes then added some energy to the game with Mills Snr, Josh Eldridge and Justin Webb all being introduced.
Cowley then scored his second try of the afternoon, before the ever tireless George Brunning crossed the line for a well-deserved try. With Smith converting the later, the score was now 19-40.
Full credit must go to Dagenham who were continuously looking to test H&D and move the ball around. The home sides persistence was rewarded with a great individual try from their winger, who outpaced the Harwich defence from his own twenty two, to score under the posts. 26-40.
H&D then went on to score two more tries. Josh Jones with his second of the afternoon, with Smith off the field Mills Jnr stepped up to kick the conversion. The final try of the afternoon come straight from the re-start, Brunning claimed the kick -off and moved the ball wide to Owen Cowley, the inside-center then cut through the tiring Dagenham defence, Man Of The Match Cowley then out-paced the chasing defence to score in the corner, completing his hat-trick.
Final score Dagenham 26–53 Harwich & Dovercourt.