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Unknown, J Andrew, M Harrison, R Ward
d chesson
Sat 24 Mar 14:00 - Essex Canterbury Jack League - League 1 Shield Full time

Brave fightback

Witham went into this game looking to avenge the defeat from the fixture at Dagenham

However, the visitors started with more aggression and used their bulky forwards as a platform to release their backs. This worked well as they pulled Witham's defence across the pitch before their winger was fed the ball to score in the corner. Witham stormed back from the kick off and were soon in an attacking position. Great drives from the forwards ended with a try for Stefan Hogan. 

Dagenham once again managed to control possession and had soon crossed again to lead 12-5. The game started to get untidy and this seemed to suit the visitors who managed to stretch their lead with an interception. Along with a penalty, they must have felt comfortable with a lead of 22-5 at half time.

The second half started off evenly with neither side breaking through. However, Witham's fitness started to show as late on, they started putting pressure on the Dagenham line. josh Taplin added to his tally for the season with a bustling try, converted by Daz Chesson. Suddenly, Witham saw a chance and while Dagenham threw everything into their defence, they could not halt Michael Harrison from 5 metres out. With only a couple of minutes left, Witham were throwing everything at Dagenham. Halted short of the line, the ball spilled out the side of a ruck. John Beales was first to it and dived for the corner. Unfortunately, Chesson couldn't slot the kick to take the victory but Witham celebrated a massive comeback against a very strong opposition. 

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Key moments

Try Try for Witham
Try Jon Andrew scores for Witham
Conversion darryl chesson kicks a conversion for Witham
Try Michael Harrison scores for Witham
Try Richard Ward scores for Witham


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79:00 Try 22 - 0
Richard Ward scores for Witham
66:00 Try 17 - 0
Michael Harrison scores for Witham
51:00 Conversion 12 - 0
darryl chesson kicks a conversion for Witham
50:00 Try 10 - 0
Jon Andrew scores for Witham
End of period 1
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Witham
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  • Witham
  • Dagenham
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  • Try 20:00'
  • Jon Andrew Try 50:00'
  • darryl chesson Conversion 51:00'
  • Michael Harrison Try 66:00'
  • Richard Ward Try 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Harwich & Dovercourt 6 45
2. Bancroft 6 35
3. Dagenham 6 27
4. Pegasus Palmerians 6 14
5. Witham 6 11
6. Burnham-on-Crouch 6 1

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