The Daggers suffered the first defeat of their 2002/03 Nationwide Conference
campaign, losing 1-0 at Farnborough.
In what was a very poor match, the Daggers failed to live up to their ability
and were thwarted by the spoiling tactics of Graham Westley's side.
hosts started the match with three former Daggers amongst their starting
eleven. Last season's strike partner for Mark Stein, Ken Charlery (left
with Steve West) was playing as centre forward with Garry Butterworth in
midfield and Jim Rodwell at the back.
With goal chances at a premium, it was a very even match for the opening
period and neither side created much in front of goal.
Stein was struggling to get much of the ball and former Dagger, Jim Rodwell
(right) was doing an admirable job in defence, something he failed to do in his
time at Victoria Road. The close marking of Stein was giving the visitors
little option in attack and Junior McDougald (below left) was being used as the
main target for the midfield. Unfortunately, Junior was unable to
capitalise on the service he was being given and time after time, openings were
best chance of the half fell to Steve West but his powerful header flew just
over the bar.
In the second half, the Daggers continiued to have the better of the play but
it was the home side who took the lead. Using their counter attacking
style, Taggart broke through the Daggers defence and unleashed a powerful shot
which Gothard was only able to push further into the corner of the net.
The Daggers did have a clear penalty denied when a Farnborough player clearly
fouled in the area. However, the referee waved away the Daggers'
appeals. A few minutes later, another penalty shout for handball was waved
away, however, there was a clear push from the visiting player.
The Daggers had a few chances, however, and long range shots from Paul Terry,
Steve West and Paul Bruce all went close.
In the dying minutes of the match, the best chance of an equaliser fell to
Mark Stein who broke through one-on-one with the 'keeper and should really have
done better with his shot which Pennock was able to tip around the post.