Dagenham & Redbridge progressed to the second round for second season running,
beating Southport 1-0 at Victoria Road.
An all-round improvement in the performance of recent matches saw the Daggers
playing more balls to feet and less of the long-ball that has been evident of
late. With Charlery dropping to the bench, the forward line of McDougald
and Stein looked more dangerous than the Stein and Charlery partnership.
However, in the first few minutes, a Gary Bauress free-kick for the visitors
was cleared over the bar by Danny Shipp. This chance was one of very few
that were created by Southport during the match and the Daggers soon wrested
control of the match. Mark Stein forces an excellent save from Port's
goalkeeper when he lashed Danny Hayzelden's cross goalwards.
Chances came and went for the Daggers with both Mark Janney and Mark Stein
going close in the opening period before the breakthrough came in the 26th
minute. Janney played an excellent ball through to Stein who knocked the
ball past Dickinson in the visitor's goal but was clearly pulled down and the
referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Stein took the penalty
himself, firmly placing the ball to the keeper's left and claiming his 14th goal
of the season.
Parke squandered Southport's best chance, heading against the bar at the far
post with an open goal to aim at.
The match was deep into first half injury time when referee Probert surprised
seemingly everyone at Victoria Road by awarding Southport a penalty. Mark
Smith turned the ball away from the onrushing Jones who seemed to fall over
Smith's heels. Steve Whitehall took the penalty and placed it low and to
the left of Roberts who saved well.
The second half was not as lively as the first, but it was still the home side
who generated most of the play and who created the better chances.
Hayzelden was creating much of the play for the Daggers and was unfortunate
to score when he blasted in a vicious shot from the edge of the area which
whistled wide with Dickinson beaten. Stein also had a few chances but they
were all dealt with well by the 'keeper.
The only disappointment of the match were the bookings for Hayzelden, Shipp,
McDougald and Vickers. However, it's another £20,000 for the Club and a
chance to progress to the 3rd round for the second time.