SOUTHEND Saxons stayed top of the Regional Two Anglia table after winning 50-19 at Dagenham.

The victory was Southend’s fifth in succession, a point clear of second placed Eton Manor.

And Stuart Whatling, who was co-captain on Saturday, was pleased with the display.

“It was a clinical performance from us,” said Whatling.

“Dagenham is a challenging place to go for away teams for various reasons and they will cause teams problems this season.

“But we stuck to task, focused on ourselves and got a deserved five points.

“There was a moment after half-time where it was a one score game and we showed great character at that point to pull away, scoring some good tries on the way and defending resolutely.”

The victory continued Southend’s fine start to the season.

But Whatling is not getting carried away.

“We’re sitting top with six try bonus points from six games so we’re happy with that but we know that our toughest tests are to come,” said Whatling.

“However, the league table is irrelevant at this stage, more importantly we are playing good rugby and improving weekly.

“We will aim to take that up a gear this weekend against Chelmsford.”