The Daggers gained a point with a great second half display which had the
Shrimps hanging on for their share of the spoils in the end and which, with a
little more luck, could easily have seen the home side win.
Morecambe opened the scoring when a long free kick caught the Daggers defence
napping setting Thompson free down the right who cut the ball back for Adriano Rigoglioso to score a simple tap in.
The best chances all fell to Morecambe in the first half. Thompson missed a
decent chance early on and another five minutes before the break from point blank range,
after Curtis' shot was saved by Robbo and the rebound was slipped square to
Thompson who missed when it looked easier to score.
best chances for the Daggers in the opening period were when Steve West's header was tipped over by keeper Craig Mawson
in one of the best saves seen at the Vic for a while. Loan signing Gary
Fletcher, from Leyton Orient, making his debut looked to have scored when
he tapped home after a session of pinball in the Morecambe box, Danny Shipp
the other loan debutant, Paul Mayo both having shots blocked.
Gary Fletcher was also unlucky not to win a penalty when Colkin tripped him,
but the referee waved play on.
In the second half it was all the Daggers though as they pressed forward looking
to get something back in the game. Mark Janney and Steve West were prominent for
the Daggers as were the two new boys, Fletcher and Mayo.
West was inches from converting a Fletcher cross and then Janney
(right) hit a post
with a thundering shot which then bounced of Mawson's back and somehow away for
a corner. Lee Matthews then had a goalbound shot blocked and West again shot
over the bar when well placed.
Steve West finally got his just desserts for a battling, bustling display when
he thundered home a header from Paul Mayo cross from the left with just 14
The home side could have and should have won it after that with Gary Fletcher
and late substitute Junior McDougald both coming close, first when he shot
straight at the keeper and then he had a shot blocked. The Daggers also had a
good shout for another penalty when a cross looked to have hit a defenders had
but again the referee waved play on.
The Daggers faithful left happier than they had for a while, disappointed with
the draw but encouraged by the overall performance.
Following the trouble at the Southport game a section of the Sieve was closed
for this game and the Daggers band banished from the roofed area on the
terracing to behind the Bury Road goal. Unfortunately the Daggers trumpeter was
ejected from the ground by some over zealous stewarding after blowing his
mouthpiece under the Sieve roof in an incident that angered many supporters who
DiggerDagger is very disappointed that the atmosphere at Victoria Road has
descended to the state it is now and hopes that the club and the supporters can
work out some compromise to restore the friendly atmosphere at the ground. The
club has issued a statement on the incident which can be read at the official