Coming into the last Month of the season, it was looking as though the title
would definitely be heading to York Street, but a 3-2 win in a highly
entertaining televised match against Morecambe and a 2-1 win at Northwich gave
us renewed hope.
2-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic put the Daggers back on level points with the
Pilgrims with only five matches remaining. The match was particularly
memorable for a wonderful goal from Danny Hill (left).
Next came a bizarre match at home to Doncaster Rovers. Again live on
Sky, the Rovers side seemed intent on playing in an overly physical style of
play and suffered two contentious dismissals. The Daggers won 1-0 thanks
to another goal from Danny Hill. The win put the Daggers back on top of
the league, albeit only for a day as Boston beat Leigh the following evening.
With the Daggers having been handed a walkover in the Essex Senior Cup after
Purfleet's refusal to play the Semi-Final on the date specified, the Daggers
were to face last season's opponents, Canvey Island, in the Final at Roots Hall,
Southend. As the match was scheduled for the day before our match at
Hereford, the team was largely unrecognisable and Canvey won the match 6-1.
With only four matches to go, the Daggers travelled to Hereford and were
holding their hosts to a 0-0 draw. Knowing that Boston were losing 2-0 at
Scarborough, the Daggers knew that they would reclaim the lead in the title race
if they could return to Essex with a point. It came as a hammer blow when
Hereford scored in the dying minutes of the match.
scoreless draw at Scarborough left the Daggers two points behind the Pilgrims,
knowing that they must win their last two matches and hope that Boston
slipped-up for us to be playing in Division 3 in 2002/03.
A comfortable 2-0 win at Woking and Boston's draw at Morecambe took the title
race to the last day of the season. Both teams were on the same number of
points and The Daggers needed to better Boston's points haul from the day to
take the title.
being down to ten men, the Pilgrims duly beat relegated Hayes to take the title
and the Daggers' 3-0 win over Chester City in front of a record home league
crowd proved irrelevant.
Again, Garry Hill was awarded the Manager Of The Month award, but the main
prize had slipped through our grasp after being there for the taking.