The Daggers last night bowed out of this season's LDV Vans Trophy, losing
4-1 at the Memorial Ground against Bristol Rovers.
On a heavy pitch, the Daggers had the best of the early exchanges and had
the first chance of the match when Danny Shipp shot from distance.
Unfortunately, he saw his effort fly well wide of the goal. Playing into
a very strong wind, the Daggers seemed to have adjusted to the conditions
better than the home side and certainly had the lions share of the first ten
Against the run of play, Nathan Ellington hit a ferocious shot from the
edge of the area which cannoned off the crossbar. This should have
signalled danger for the Daggers but they continued to press forward in search
of a goal.
With 25 minutes gone, Matt Jones was replaced by Danny Hayzelden.
This was Jones' first match back after injury and one can only hope that the
injury sustained last night is not a re-occurrence of his groin injury..
Shortly after, and against the run of play Rovers grabbed the lead when Hogg scored after a scramble resulting from a corner.
The corner had been given in rather dubious circumstances. Plummer
crossed the ball and Ellington headed goalwards. The ball was cleared,
but only as far as the edge of the area where Lewis Hogg latched onto the ball
and volleyed powerfully towards goal. Gothard attempted to parry the
ball but was only able to help it into the net.
Within a minute, Rovers found themselves two goals up. Nathan
Ellington broke through the makeshift defence and, despite looking offside,
was allowed to run towards the outrushing Gothard. From the edge of the area,
he brilliantly chipped the ball over the keeper and into the unguarded net.
This seemed to knock the wind out of the Daggers' sails and the first
half finished without much in the way of chances. The chances that
did come for the Daggers were for Steve McGavin on two occasions and Danny
Shipp. McGavin saw both of his chances well saved by the Bristol keeper
and Shipp saw his free-kick fly over the bar in first half injury time..
In the second half Bristol took control of the game with The Daggers having good possession but unable to
penetrate due to the dogged defending of the Rovers and the poor passing
displayed by the Daggers.
It wasn't all one-way traffic, however, and in the 60th minute, Danny Shipp
had a shot that flew over the bar. This was after another McGavin shot
which was saved by the keeper. A great save by Paul Gothard kept the
Daggers in it when he somehow prevented Mark Foran from scoring at close
25 minutes into the second half, some great interplay from Charlery and
McDougald allowed Junior to shoot from the edge of the area but he saw his
shot whistle the wrong side of the post.
A great save from Gothard prevented a long range shot from making the score
3-0 and soon afterwards, a goalmouth scramble resulted in Mark Rooney clearing
the ball off the line with the keeper beaten.
On 76 minutes though, the home side did extend their lead when Ellington
got his second with a headed goal from a corner, putting the result beyond
In the 80th minute, the Daggers did get a goal back - A free kick near the
touch-line was played in to the area and Charlery headed firmly into the
Any thoughts of a miraculous comeback were thwarted though when straight
from the kick-off, a weak shot from Ommel was allowed to run into the corner of the net by
The Daggers didn't give up trying though and both Charlery and McDougald
went close for the visitors in added time.
In the end, Bristol Rovers ran out easy and deserved winners and in doing so have ended their goal drought. The Daggers are out of the LDV and will need to do much better on Saturday against Exeter.