The Daggers are through to the second round of the FA Cup for the third
successive season after overcoming some determined opposition in Doc Martens
Premier side Havant & Waterlooville at Victoria Road on Saturday.
The Daggers named a team that was full strength with the notable exception of
Mark Stein, missing again, presumed injured. With Steve West an able replacement
up front with Junior they lined up with three at the back, Mark Janney and Paul
Bruce as wing backs, Steve Heffer, Paul Terry and Danny Shipp in midfield.
The first half hour was unbelievably open with both teams pouring forward at
every opportunity leaving defences exposed it was obvious that goals would come.
Still it was the Hawks who had the best early chances. First Tim Hambley skewed an early chance wide
after just a couple of minutes, then the same player had another header
just slip past the post just afterwards. James Taylor missed in the sixth minute, sliding just too late to reach a low cross.
Despite all the Hawks pressure it
was the Daggers that took the lead though in the fourteenth minute. Danny Shipp,
who had one of the best games he has played for a long time, slid the ball through to
Junior McDougald (left) who rounded Aaron Kerr and slipped the ball into the
empty net, the clinical finish contrasting with the Hawks earlier misses.
Shippy added a second himself four minutes later when Paul Bruce's cross from the left was half cleared by Howe straight to
him on the edge of the area. Danny used the space he had, and once again
the finish was clinical with a shot into the top corner. The Daggers crowd
relaxed sensing the Hawks storm would have blown out as Aldershot's did in the
previous round. They were wrong though.
manager Garry Hill will have expected his team to take quiet control it was the
Hawks that quickly pulled one back. Bobby Howe ran up the Daggers right from
deep and then crossed low to Warren Haughton (right, taking on Steve Potts).
With the ball behind him Haughton managed to back heel the ball into the net at
the far post to make it 2-1, and three goals in 7 minutes.
there was more to come. The Daggers restored their two goal lead three minutes
later when after a corner the Hawks failed to clear properly and the ball found
Danny Shipp (left, being congratulated) again who shot across Kerr, the ball
hitting the inside of the post and going in. Once again the home fans relaxed
and waited for more.
again though it was Havant that scored next. On 27 minutes the ball was fed to
Warren Haughton again around the penalty spot with his back to goal. Steve Potts
(left) failed to close him down quickly enough and he swiveled and found the net
past Robbo's left hand to make it five goals in a mad fifteen minutes. The Hawks
fans behind Robbo's goals, who gave excellent support to their team throughout,
chanted "We're going to win 9-8" and at that point it looked like they
The Hawks had the better of the next period of play, although the Daggers were
starting to get a grip on the game, hanging on to the slim lead. Wood and Hale
both went close and, Steve West was forced to head a corner over his own bar. At
the other end West nearly made it 4-2 tussling with keeper Kerr just before half
Garry Hill must have had strong words with his team during the break and the
second half was much tighter as a result. The Daggers defended much more
convincingly, particularly after Ashley Vickers replaced Steve Potts on 64
minutes. The visitors were limited to shooting from distance, Taylor shaving the
bar on two occasions. At the other end Gareth Hall just managed to tackle Junior
in the box and then Danny Shipp came close to a hat trick when firing over and
sub Danny Hill rolled a shot just wide of the far post.
the game moved towards a conclusion the Hawks began to leave spaces as they
chased a replay. They still had chances though, Taylor having his shot blocked
and then Howe's free kick was easily caught by Robbo (left).
In the last five minutes it was all Daggers though as the Hawks finally ran out
of steam, Danny Shipp coming close twice to the hat-trick his performance
deserved, particularly in injury time when Hanson made a goal line clearance to deny Shipp, the ball ricocheting back to him after Kerr blocked a
shot from McDougald.
The Hawks fans can be very proud of their team who pushed the Daggers all the
way, but it is Dagenham & Redbridge that go on. In the draw on Sunday they
were drawn away to Tiverton Town or Crawley Town who drew 1-1 on Saturday. While no
team likes to be drawn away, it is a game that the Daggers ought to be able to
win to set up a third consecutive FA Cup third round game, with the big names
from the Premiership coming in at that stage.