The Daggers moved up to 8th place in the Conference yesterday with a single goal
win over Scarborough at Victoria Road.
Obviously aware of the upcoming FA Cup tie at Norwich, manager Garry Hill
made six changes from the side that defeated Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday evening.
what was a very uninspiring match, neither side created much and goalmouth
incidents were few and far between.
The first notable incident of the match was in the 14th minute when Karl Rose
went down in the area, but was adjudged to have dived despite being challenged
by Ashley Vickers (left) and only succeeded in earning himself a yellow card.
free-kick from John McGrath (below) fell nicely for Danny Hill (right), but his
powerful shot was unable to find a clear path through the box and was cleared.
The lack of width from either side was showing and both teams seemed content
to play a cagey midfield game and were cancelling each other out.
The Daggers were not helped by an assistant referee who
seemed unable to grasp the offside laws properly and pulled back the Daggers'
forwards on several occasions for offsides when it was clear that there were
Scarborough defenders keeping them onside.
The first good chance on goal came in on around half an hour when an Olivier
Brassart free-kick was met by rose but his header went tamely into the grateful
arms of Paul Gothard in the Daggers' goal.
With the match lacking anything in terms of excitement and seemingly headed
for a scoreless draw, expectations for the second half were not high.
after the break, a shot from Karl Rose was blocked brilliantly by Vickers and
Dryden was unable to get his header on target from the resulting corner.
Gary Fletcher (right), who had been very quiet all match, latched onto a
great cross from Vickers but was unable to direct his shot away from Any Woods
in the Seadogs' goal.
just under half an hour remaining, Lee Matthews (left) brought down Rode on the
edge of the area, handing the visitors a free-kick. Olivier Brassart took
the kick very quickly indeed (the referee had not even blown his whistle before
he started his run-up) and despite finding a gap in the Daggers' defence, the
shot clattered off the upright and was cleared to safety. This was the
closest Scarborough would come to finding the net all match.
that time was running out, Garry Hill switched his team into a more attacking
3-4-3 formation, but this seemed to be having little effect. The Daggers
were playing some nice passing football in spells, but seemed unable to get that
killer cross into the box.
A succession of throw-ins led to a corner for the home side and Danny Hill's
flag kick was knocked on by Tim Cole to Steve West (right) who volleyed
beautifully into the roof of the net to hand the Daggers all three points.
Steve West picture (c) Jamie McDonald/Getty