Dockers fight back to snatch draw

PUBLISHED: 10:01 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:01 02 May 2013

Owafulo Dappo takes on the Bears

Owafulo Dappo takes on the Bears


Newham Dockers 28 Beckenham Bears 28

Dockers fought back from a 14-point deficit to grab a deserved draw in their opening game of the season at Memorial Park.

Chris Beaven and Liam Greene touched down to give the visitors a 10-0 lead before Newham scrum half Alex Waller held off a couple of tackles and produced a brilliant offload to 17-year-old centre Dappo to race in from 15 metres.

Waller took a quick tap penalty from five metres out and a neat short ball sent prop Dave Hayward barrelling his way through a couple of defenders to score beside the posts.

But Beckenham came out firing at the start of the second half with a couple of quick tries from Aaron Brown and Beaven, with Billy Osborne adding the extras.

Good work from second row Tom Little sent loose forward Kevin Davey over in reply, but the Bears looked to have clinched victory when Lewis Theonercroft’s try was converted by Osborne for a 14-point lead.

Newham gave themselves a glimmer of hope as Kiwi winger Miles Tait crossed after quick hands in the back line and Waller went over for a score of his own after a nice side step.

Lambert converted to cut the gap to four points but pushed another kick wide after coach Matt Isherwood had barged over from dummy half to level.

Dockers captain Mike Hillard said: “Being such a new team, this is kind of a milestone for us. It shows we’ve made progress.

“If we keep this group of players that we have, that’s going to give us a great platform for the season and hopefully give us some consistency.”

Dockers, tries: Dappo, Hayward, Davey, Tait, Waller, Isherwood. Cons: Lambert (2).

Squad: Lambert, Tait, Dappo, Oliver, Law, B Smith, Waller, Isaacs, Asenso, Dempster, Little, Hillard, Davey. Replacements: (From) Harrington, M Smith, McCarron, Davies, Subhani, Smith, Isherwood, Jacob, Hankey, Jordan.

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