Daggers today progressed to the 4th Round of this season's FA Trophy with a
comprehensive 5-2 win over Marlow at Victoria Road.
Despite fielding a relatively weakened side for the tie including Paul
Gothard (right), with a mind on Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Plymouth, the
home side stamped their mark on the game as early as the second minute with a
lovely sweeping move which culminated with Gary Fletcher pulling off a fine save
from Lee Carroll in the Marlow goal.
Daggers continued to dominate and took the lead in the 5th minute when a
pinpoint pass from Danny Hill fell to Mark Stein (left) who calmly slotted the
ball past Carroll and into the corner of the net.
Seven minutes later and the lead was doubled when John McGrath headed the
ball on for Fletcher who controlled the ball and, seemingly in slow-motion, he
rounded the keeper and shot the ball home.
game was seemingly over as a contest when, in the 34th minute, Stein latched
onto a loose ball in the heart of the Marlow defence and took his time before
rifling the ball into the net for his second and the Daggers' third of the
At half time, Daggers' manager, Garry Hill, took advantage of the comfortable
scoreline and replaced John McGrath and Steve Heffer with Steve Vaughan (right)
and Yohance Lewis with the visitors choosing to emerge for the second half
The change seemed to unsettle the side and it was the visitors who scored
next, opening their account with a headed Nick Ryder goal in the 48th minute.
Daggers restored their three goal cushion though in the 57th minute when Tim
Cole (left) curled in a beautiful goal, into the top corner of the net, way
beyond the reach of the 'keeper.
With the Daggers' cruising at 4-1, the visitors again reduced the deficit
when Robert Gibson latched on to a Nick Ryder cross.
With 5 minutes remaining, the Daggers completed a good days work when Steve
West thundered home a header from a Danny Hill cross.
Elsewhere in the Trophy, many matches fell victim to the weather with only
seven ties going ahead. The biggest shocks of the day were at The Lamb
where Tamworth put three past Nuneaton Borough without reply and at Belle Vue
where Emley beat Burton Albion 1-0.