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Coach stays calm after loss to rivals

PUBLISHED: 12:05 23 September 2010

NERVES OF STEEL: Dom Sutherland launches a successful conversion for Millwall.

NERVES OF STEEL: Dom Sutherland launches a successful conversion for Millwall.

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Essex Division One

East London 39

Millwall 10

NEW Millwall manager Carl Burnett praised his team despite a disappointing derby loss away to arch rivals East London.

“Everybody played well, it was just one of those games,” said Burnett.

But with a number of key Millwall men missing, Burnett admitted his team buckled as East London piled on the tries.

“We were missing a few crucial players,’ he said.

“It seemed that most of the player’s heads dropped after about the second or third try.”

In another blow to the Isle of Dogs club, scrum-half Chris Drake - instrumental in last week’s opening day victory over Old Cooperians - dislocated his shoulder just 20 minutes into the game.

Winger James Wakefield ran in Millwall’s only try with the ever-reliable Dom Sutherland converting the score and also kicking a penalty.

Millwall’s second and third teams fared little better, both suffering defeats on the road to Bancroft seconds and new Essex outfit Passmores respectively.

The second team lost by just one point in their 25-24 defeat with player manager Roberto Pescador blaming ill discipline, after two Millwall players were sin-binned in the final minutes of the game.

Richard Trinick and Olly Sugars both touched down twice for the seconds with Matthew Rowland converting two of the tries.

Millwall: Finnegan, Conners, Williams, Bates, Dean, Tester, Powell, Russell, Drake, Sutherland, Rowland, Wolmarans, Copping, Wakefield, Ivanovas.

Millwall 51 Woodford 12

MILLWALL’S fourth team bucked the club’s losing weekend with a thumping victory over Woodford’s fourth team.

The Millwall Park outfit ran in nine tries to Woodford’s one in a dominant performance

Captain Ralph Bond said the team was determined to win after losses at Canvey Island and East London in the first two matches of the season.

“We knew we had lost two games and we had to put something special in,” said the Welshman.

“It was a team performance. Everybody got hold of the ball with the backs and forwards playing particularly well.”

Both Billy Gray and James Gough touched down twice, while winger Nigel Webb and forwards Matt Bovaird and Dave Hayward also scored tries.

Three conversions by Jake Vinnicombe and a penalty try completed the rout.

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