The Daggers returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 win over Gravesend
& Northfleet at Victoria Road.
With Junior McDougald out of the side,
presumably carrying a knock, the front two were Gary Fletcher and Steve West,
both of whom proved a handful for the Fleet. On the bench Mark Stein made a
welcome return. Garry Hill played three at the back again, this time the
combination being Lee Matthews, Ashley Vickers and at last, Tim Cole. Danny Hill
returned to boss the midfield ably assisted by Danny Shipp and Paul Terry.
The Daggers had the better of things from the off although Gravesend had a
series of free kicks in dangerous spots as once again the referee proved very
picky in typical Conference fashion.
losing so late at Barnet it was settling to take the lead early once more. This
time Gary Fletcher burst into the box. Heading away from the goal to try to
round keeper Wilkerson, he was tripped by him. The referee had no hesitation and
with Junior not on the pitch, John McGrath (left) made no mistake with the spot
22 minutes came the incident that really ended the Fleet's challenge. From
another dangerous free kick in the Daggers half, and with the centre-halves
committed forward Gravesend tried to be too cute. Danny Shipp knicked the ball
and sent Mark Janney away only for Justin Skinner to bring him down on the edge
of the area. Referee Wright showed Skinner the red for the professional foul.
After that it was really only a matter of time before the Daggers ran away
with the game. Gravesend held on for the remainder of the half but in the 55th
minute a sweeping move opened them up and it was Steve West that eventually had
the easy chance from Mark Janney's cross to put the Daggers two up.
The Fleet briefly threatened to haul their way back into the game, bringing
on the exotically named Tostao Kwashi who showed some good running. In the 74th
minute another substitute Louie Evans crashed a shot against the bar.
By then though Garry Hill had thrown Mark Stein into the fray, replacing Gary
Fletcher and Stein was put away by John McGrath to score from the edge of the
box to really kill the game.
Steve West added a fourth in the 87th minute to cap his excellent game and
could have had a hattrick when his header from a corner came back off the post
in injury time.