Despite an early scare and some intense Farnborough pressure in the closing
stages of the match, the Daggers completed a solid double over the Hampshire
side, running out 2-1 winners.
Garry Hill gave starts to the two newest signings, Dean Hooper
(left) and Steve
West in a revamped back four and chose Ken Charlery and Mark Stein up front
with Junior McDougald starting from the bench.
The game got off to the worst possible start for the home side, when
Holloway put the visitors one-up within the first couple of minutes, slotting
the ball clinically past Roberts.
Within a minute of the restart, the visitors again almost
got the better of the Daggers' defence and on seven minutes, only a brave rush
out from Roberts prevented Gary Crawshaw from adding a second.
their first shot of the match though, the Daggers found themselves back on
level terms when Danny Shipp (right) latched on to a Ken Charlery lay-off to
curl the ball into the net from the edge of the box.
For the rest of the first half. the Daggers dominated the
play without creating much in the way of chances.
Steve Watson, Farnborough have what Essex Radio termed "The Nastiest
Player in the Conference" and he did little to reduce this reputation in
yesterday's match. With Matt Jones in control of the ball, Watson slid
in to tackle him. With both feet showing studs, there was seemingly no
attempt to play the ball and the foul would have been worthy of a straight red
card from some referees. Not content with flattening Jones, Watson
remained standing over him and hurling abuse both in his direction and at the
home support. Somewhat disappointingly, the referee only saw fit to
produce the yellow card. Even after his booking, Watson continued to
protest at the referee and must consider himself very lucky not to have been
Daggers took the lead though with 38 minutes on the clock when Charlery
knocked the ball towards Stein who turned and shot the ball past Darren
Bonfield in the Farnborough goal.
In the second half, the visitors did have more of the play
and forced Roberts into a number of excellent saves. However, it was the
Daggers who had the first chances, Stein scuffing a shot wide and heading a
goal directly at Bonfield.
Farnborough will feel unfortunate not to have levelled the
scores soon afterwards when Roberts palmed away a Gary Patterson Cross and it
fell to Steve Watson whose lobbed shot landed on top of the bar.
came probably the most contentious event of the match - The ball was played
forward over the defence towards Charlery (left) who stood his ground in the
area whilst waiting for the ball to come close enough to control. One of
the Farnborough defenders climbed all over Charlery's back, knocking him to
the ground. Despite a strong and clear case for a penalty, the referee
waved play-on. Soon afterwards, Roberts was forced into making a
fantastic save at full stretch when Baptiste's header looked to be a certain
At the death, Lenny Piper will also feel unlucky not to
have been awarded a penalty when he went down under a Robert's challenge.
All told, this was a much improved performance from the
home side and a deserved three points. With Boston United's match at
Scarborough postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Saturday's match became one
of our two games in hand over the Lincolnshire side. The Daggers now
find themselves only one point behind the Pilgrims with one match in
hand. This match will be played on Tuesday at home to Hayes.
Should the Daggers win that match, they will be two points in front.