Daggers today edged closer to the play-offs with an excellent 3-1 win over
Nuneaton Borough at Manor Park.
The Daggers started brightly with Mark Stein shooting over twice from good
positions but it was Nuneaton who nearly opened the scoring when Daire Doyle
wasted a golden opportunity from a Mark Quayle cross.
Alford squandered another chance for the home side when he failed to capitalise
on a mix-up between Tony Roberts and Lee Matthews.
The Daggers though took the lead with 20 minutes on the clock when Steve
Watts (right) forced the ball home from John McGrath's corner.
Danny Shipp came agonisingly close to doubling the visitors' advantage when
his indirect free-kick from 12 yards was blocked on the line by Carl Alford.
nearly equalised on 28 minutes but Mark Quayle was unable to get the ball
past Tony Roberts (left) .
Shortly afterwards, Mark Stein again went close when his powerful shot flew
wide of the post.
The hosts did get back on level terms though when, on 38 minutes, Roberts
could only parry a Quayle shot and Eliott Paschalis drove home the rebound.
Within a minute of the restart, the Daggers almost restored their lead when
Danny Shipp (right) burst through, only to see his shot go wide of the post.
The Daggers continued to dominate proceedings though and both McDougald and
Watts had shots cleared off the line.
five minutes remaining, the visitors did deservedly retake the lead when a
clearance from a corner fell to Danny Shipp and he made no mistake, lashing the
ball home from some distance.
The win was secured, only seconds from the final whistle when Junior
McDougald (left) capitalised on some shoddy defending to make the score 3-1.
The win is the Daggers' sixth consecutive league win and sees them closing
rapidly in on the play-off places.
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