The Daggers returned to form with a fine win over Hayes at Church Road.
The scoreline does not really reflect the balance of play as the Daggers
totally dominated the whole of the first half before going through the motions
in the second.
Following the debacle the previous Saturday, the Daggers needed to win this
match to restore confidence and keep up the pressure on Boston United who were
playing at Nuneaton Borough.
From the kick-off, the visitors set out their stall with almost constant
pressure on the home side's goal. The first real chance of the match,
however, fell to the Missioners when Kevin Warner was gifted with a golden
opportunity but failed to hit the target when it would have been easier to
took until the 26th minute for the Daggers to take the lead when a Danny
Hayzelden corner was flicked on to Ken Charlery who turned and blasted the
ball hard and low into the corner of the net, giving Bertrand Bossu absolutely
The visitors doubled their lead four minutes latter when an excellent cross
from Ken Charlery was headed home by Junior McDougald (left). The
Daggers continued to pile forward and with 40 minutes on the clock, they found
themselves three up. Good work by McDougald saw the ball played back to
Mark Janney (below) who blasted the ball into the net from the edge of the
home side almost pulled one back when Ian Hodges shot feebly at goal but it
was easily claimed by Tony Roberts. Hayes did reduce the deficit though,
Dave Everitt placing the ball into the goal in first half injury time.
The Daggers made the result safe in the first minute of the second half
when Junior McDougald scored a penalty resulting from a Mark Molesley handball
in the area.
Hayes scored their second with 71 minutes on the clock when Hodges headed
home a Dean Clark free-kick.
With time running out for the home side, 'keeper Bertrand Bossu came
up for a number of corners but was unable to get in a shot and was lucky not
to concede a fifth when the ball broke to Heffer but the visitors contrived to
miss the empty goal.