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Kettering Town Report
by Hardy on 18/09/2002

The Daggers welcomed back Lee Matthews from injury at long last and celebrated by beating Kettering Town 3-1 at Victoria Road. Hardy reports.

Dagenham & Redbridge
3

Kettering Town
1

Terry 21
Stein 42
McDougald 64 (pen)

Walsh 28

Nationwide Conference
Victoria Road
Tuesday 17th September 2002
3:00pm
Daggers back to winning ways
Dagenham & Redbridge busted their losing streak last night with a 3-1 win over struggling Kettering Town in a result that was eventually clear cut, after a fiercely contested and open first half.

The Daggers welcomed back Lee Matthews after his knee injury that saw him miss the whole of the 2001/02 season, and played with a back three of Vickers, Potts and Matthews. Steve Heffer returned to start in midfield, Ross Johnson and the injured Lee Goodwin being the players to drop out from Saturday's team.

With the infamous Mr Kettle offiiciating, the first yellow card came as early as the 8th minute, Steve Heffer booked, the first of seven on the night, in a game that was by no means nasty at all. Other Daggers to see Mr Kettle's card were Mark Stein, Junior McDougald, and inevitably, Ashley Vickers.

The first footballing incident of note on the night was when Danny Hill had a shot that smacked back off the post in the 10th minute after a good build up. Kettering's Boston reject Gez Murphy then had a shot well saved by Tony Roberts and Mark Stein was just over shortly after.

The Daggers had the best of the early exchanges though and a fine move in the 21st minute completely opened up the Poppies defence, slick passing eventually resulting in a cross to Paul Terry (right) who headed home. Terry, the subject of mindless abuse by a section of the crowd on Saturday looked to enjoy milking his moment, and had another chance just a minute later, this shot being more typically dragged wide.

Kettering came back at the Daggers though and looked threatening. From one break in the 28th minute it looked like they were through on goal only for that man Paul Terry to get in a great tackle. Unfortunately the ball broke to the Poppies Danny Walsh and he had the simplest of tasks to beat Robbo and even the game up.

Both sides had good chances after that, the Daggers going close through Steve Heffer and Junior McDougald before in the 41st minute Danny Hill's cross-shot was turned in by Mark Stein. Stein (left, with Junior) should have had another shortly after but hit the post with just the keeper to beat.

As the half ended the Poppies top scorer form 2001/02 Dale Watkins was carried off to be replaced by another Boston reject David Town and then their other main striker, Murphy failed to take the field for the second half. As a result of losing their first choice strike force Kettering's threat was somewhat muted in the second period and it seemed like only a matter of time before the Daggers made the game safe.

Danny Hill went close with a shot from the edge of the area before the breakthrough came. Junior McDougald was clearly held by Craig Norman and Mr Kettle pointed to the spot. To Junior's credit he immediately took responsibility for the penalty himself (right) and after the last two had been missed this one found the back of the net, albeit after Ian Bowling got a hand to the spot-kick which was firmly struck to his right..

The Daggers looked for more and had several chances that went close as they dominated the remainder of the game, Mark Stein unlucky with a shot on the turn in particular late on.

Lee Matthews was replaced by Steve West to a rousing ovation in the 77th minute and it was a much happier Daggers crowd that applauded the team on their "disrespectful lap of honour" (left) as the game ended.

The result sees the Daggers shoot up the table to 7th and with all of the top five only drawing the Conference looks like being very tight this season. With nine games having been played by most sides now Morecambe in 6th have 13 points, just one win ahead of Leigh RMI with 10 points in 19th place.

There is a long way to go yet.

Teams


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE


KETTERING TOWN

1 Tony Roberts
3 Ashley Vickers
17 Lee Matthews (off 77 mins)
24 Steve Potts
6 Steve Heffer
7 Mark Janney
8 Paul Terry (off 68 mins)
11 Paul Bruce (off 82 mins)

14 Danny Hill
10 Mark Stein
13 Junior McDougald

Substitutes

18 Paul Gothard
20 Mark Rooney
15 Steve West (on 77 mins)
9 Danny Shipp (on 68 mins)
19 Danny Hayzelden (on 82 mins)

1 Ian Bowling
2 Martin Matthews
3 Brad Peircewright
5 Lee Howarth
6 Craig Norman
7 Danny Walsh
14 Niall Inman
16 Garry Hughes
18 Scott Goodwin
9 Gez Murphy (off 45 mins)
10 Dale Watkins (off 45 mins)

Substitutes

13 Simon Ward
8 Shaun Murray
11 Richard Butcher (on 45 mins)
12 Chris Perkins
20 David Town (on 45 mins)

Referee: Mr T Kettle
Attendance: 1,235

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Lee Matthews

Straight back in the groove


 

 

 

 

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