A sparkling return to form saw the Daggers run out comfortable 4-1 winners
over Margate at Victoria Road.
Without the suspended Steve Heffer, Garry Hill fielded a changed side with
Steve McGavin, Danny Hayzelden and Lee Goodwin all starting.
A relatively quiet first half saw few chances for either side with the play
being quite even. The first chance fell to Margate near the start of the
match when Lee Goodwin managed to block a Leon Braithwaite chance.
Another chance for the visitors occurred when a slip from the otherwise
impressive Danny Hayzelden allowed Gate's recent signing, Nick Roddis the
space to run at goal. Roddis shot low and hard at goal, but his shot
flew wide of the post. The Daggers' first chance fell to Danny
Hayzeldent but he blazed his shot wide.
With half an hour gone, the Daggers had their another good chance when Mark
Stein fed the ball through to Steve McGavin who was in all sorts of
space, but he miscontrolled his shot and it went well over.
The Daggers really had the better of the midfield battle and chances also
fell to Mark Janney and Paul Terry (above).
In the second half, The Daggers upped the pressure considerably and this
paid off within seven minutes of the restart.
Graham pulled Danny Hayzelden's shirt and clearly impeded him in the
area. The Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Steve
McGavin took the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way (right).
Within minutes, the Daggers had a strong appeal for a second penalty turned
down when a Margate defender clearly handled the ball in the area. Soon
after, Danny Shipp had a shot, but it was easily gathered by Lee Turner in the
52 minutes though, the Daggers doubled their tally when Mark Stein latched
onto a loose ball following a goalmouth scramble. The second
goal seemed to spur Margate on and with 62 minutes on the Clock, the visitors
pulled a goal back. A corner from Terry McFlynn somehow reached Simon
Beard who made no mistake from close range.
The Daggers need not have been worried, however, as Ken Charlery (left)
netted twice within the last 10 minutes to seal a deserved win. His
first came when he headed home a Paul Terry Free-Kick.
Soon afterwards, Junior McDougald was felled in the area by Bill Edwards
and Charlery stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty.
The win was especially important as Boston won 4-0 at home to Woking.