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Doncaster Rovers Report
by Hardy on 15/12/2002

The Daggers and Donny go toe to toe once more in a classic and hard fought Nationwide Conference game at Victoria Road. Hardy Reports.

Dagenham & Redbridge
3

Doncaster Rovers
3

McGrath 44
West 52
West 70

Barnes 11
Barnes 51
Gill 75

Nationwide Conference
Victoria Road
Saturday 14th December 2002
3:00pm
A sensational afternoon
The Daggers and Doncaster Rovers dished up another classic at Victoria Road on Saturday, not the tight sort of match seen previously when the Rovers have come to play, but an open attacking game with six goals.

The Daggers went back to a back four bringing in Ashley Vickers for Mark Smith and pulling Steve Heffer (left) back to right back. Otherwise the team was the same one that played at Crawley. Gary Fletcher, back from Orient on a second period on loan took a place on the bench.

The game was competitive throughout, and on several occasions threatened to go beyond that into nastiness, yet Referee Lee Probert only booked three from each side as he struggled to keep control. It could have easily been 9 or 10 a side at the end.

Doncaster fullback Simon Marples was carried off on a stretcher as early as the 9th minute, but despite this it was the visitors that took the lead just 2 minutes later. Steve Heffer made a hash of a simple clearance, giving away a silly corner and as so often seems to happen it was costly. The ball was headed back at the far post by Albrighton and Paul Barnes finished well.

The Daggers roared back though. Junior McDougald (right) brought a spectacular save out of Andy Warrington, and John McGrath had a free kick that looked bound for the top corner similarly well saved. The game flowed from end to end though and Donny always were in it, Robert Gill in particular always a threat.

John McGrath was causing all sorts of problems and it was the loan signing that made it 1-1. Steve West controlled the ball brilliantly and slipped it on to Junior who found McGrath. The finish was superb, an unstoppable shot in off the near post.

The second half continued where the first had left off, but once again it was Donny that took the lead, again through Barnes. Once again it was a soft goal from Dagenham's point of view. The ball pinged around on the area and eventually lobbed high. It looked every inch Robbo's ball (left) l but he let it drop and Barnes smashed it in to retake the lead.

Within a minute though it was 2-2. This time a passing move up the right ended with the Doncaster defence completely opened up. Mark Janney's low cross was met by Steve West who finished easily.

The Daggers steamed forward again and again looking for the winner, with the challenges getting more and more heated as the temperature of the match approached boiling point.

The Daggers grabbed the lead they deserved with another great goal in the 70th minute. This time Junior got away down the left. His speed meant he had to stop and wait for support to arrive, but when it did in the shape of Westy the cross was perfect and the header as good, right in the top corner.

With the Daggers well on top it looked like job done but Donny had one more trick up their sleeve. In the 75th minute Mark Janney (right) lost the ball on the half way line and the visitors attacked up the left. The cross from Barnes was spot on and Robert Gill rose to head the ball equally as well as Steve West had done.

The game had 15 minutes to run, but despite a few chances at both ends the scoring was over despite Garry Hill switching to three at the back late on, bringing on Gary Fletcher for Steve Heffer, and it was honours even at the end, 3 goals and 3 bookings each.

The result leaves the Daggers 11th and Doncaster 3rd although they lost ground on the top two who both won, Yeovil winning 2-1 at Northwich and Chester 4-0 at Leigh. Scarborough also won to open a gap on the pack, including the Daggers, chasing the 4th play off spot.

Stevenage Borough have dropped deeper in to the mire by losing at home to Margate. Stevenage and Kettering are now six points adrift of the pack in the bottom two places. Woking slipped back into the relegation places on goal difference losing 5-0 at Edgar Street, Hereford. This is the fifth occasion that the Cardinals have shipped 5 goals already this season.

Teams


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE


DONCASTER ROVERS

1 Tony Roberts
3 Ashley Vickers
17 Lee Matthews
24 Steve Potts
6 Steve Heffer (off 84 mins)
7 Mark Janney
8 Paul Terry
9 Danny Shipp
26 John McGrath (off 90 mins)
13 Junior McDougald
15 Steve West

Substitutes

18 Paul Gothard
5 Mark Smith (on 90 mins)
20 Mark Rooney
14 Danny Hill
19 Gary Fletcher (on 84 mins)

1 Andy Warrington
2 Simon Marples (off 9 mins)
3 Tim Ryan
4 David Morley
5 Dean Barrick
6 Mark Albrighton
11 Jamie Paterson (off 90 mins)
17 Chris Beech
25 Danny Hudson
9 Paul Barnes
15 Robert Gill (off 90 mins)

Substitutes

10 Justin Jackson (on 90 mins)
13 Stuart Nelson
19 Ricky Ravenhill (on 9 mins)
23 Steve Foster
29 Warren Peyton (on 90 mins)

Referee: Mr L Probert
Attendance: 1,739

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Steve West

Two goals and seemed everywhere on the day


 

 

 

 

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