The Daggers yesterday failed to make their territorial advantage play in a dour
FA Trophy tie with Southport at Victoria Road.
the Daggers having far more possession and the better chances, the scoreless
result came as something of a surprise.
The Daggers started brightly with Mark Stein (left) going close on 8 minutes
from a McDougald cross.
after, Lee Matthews (right) went agonisingly close with a diving header, but it
was somehow cleared from off the line.
John McGrath then burst through one-on-one but was only able to place his
shot at the Southport 'keeper.
Southport then had a good chance in the 13th minute when Paul Wheatcroft's
shot forced Paul Gothard into a fantastic save to tip the ball over the bar.
in the half, Gothard (left) again was called into action, saving an Ian Nolan
shot with his feet.
After the break, the Daggers' dominance was even more complete with the
visitors unable to muster a single shot on goal.
The Daggers best chance came when John McGrath crossed the ball beautifully
on the volley to Lee Matthews,
but the defender's header clattered against the post. The rebound was
travelling too hard for Stein to control and bounced into the grateful arms of
Dickinson in the Southport goal.
McGrath (right) again went close, as did Stein, but it was clearly not his
day as time and time again, he was unable to capitalise on golden opportunities.
Daggers brought Danny Hill (left) into the action and he did seem to add some
urgency into the home side's game, but save for a good ball through to Stein, he
was unable to create any real openings.
The match will now be replayed on Tuesday evening at Haig Avenue, but the
Daggers will need to be sharper with their finishing if they want to progress to
the next round.