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In 1992,The Daggers beat Boston United 2-1  Away in the Conference League Cup 2nd Round

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Tarkan Mustafa

Chester City Report
by Nelson on 23/02/2003

The Daggers make it seven wins in succession with a one-nil win over Chester City at Victoria Road. Steve Watts scored the Daggers' goal just before half time.

Dagenham & Redbridge

Chester City

Watts 45

Nationwide Conference
Victoria Road
Saturday 22 February 2003
Watts Goal Hand Daggers The Points
A headed Steve Watts (left) goal just before the interval was enough for the Daggers to take all three points in a battling encounter at Victoria Road.

With Chester seemingly more intent on kicking the Daggers' players at every opportunity than actually putting the ball in the net, the Daggers had to work very hard for the win. This was compounded by some exceptionally poor officiating, especially from the female assistant referee who seemed reluctant to make any sort of decision and allowed many fouls and handballs from the Chester players to go unpenalised..

The Daggers started the match playing a very attacking line-up with Stein, McDougald (right) and Watts spearheading the attack and it was the home side that started the brighter and created a few half-chances, but the Chester defence was very solid and prevented any clear shots on goal from materialising.

As the opening period wore on, Chester started to gain more of the play and, had Mark Quayle been a little bit sharper, could have opened the scoring. However, Tony Roberts pulled off a fine double save to deny him the goal in his second match against the Daggers in as many weeks, having signed on-loan from last Saturday's opponents, Nuneaton Borough during the previous week.

A somewhat incident-free first half saw few chances though and the next opening came to Scott Guyett who's powerful shot clattered off the crossbar with 40 minutes gone.

Daryl Clare, last season's Conference top scorer, then latched onto a loose ball but was able to place his shot on target.

Less than a minute later, the Daggers did make the breakthrough. A great run down the left wing by John McGrath (left) culminated with a wonderful cross to the far post which Steve Watts thundered home with his head.

The second half was more entertaining with Chester continuing to put the Daggers under pressure and the Daggers also having some good chances.

Kevin McIntyre saw his corner forced clear by Roberts and Matthews (right) deflected a Phill Bolland header safely over the bar.

The Daggers very nearly doubled their lead though then a lovely flick from the impressive Steve Watts set-up Mark Stein who chipped the ball beautifully over the advancing 'keeper. The home support were already celebrating the goal when the ball hit the post and bounced to safety.

Then came the point which Chester must look back on as the turning point of the match. Roberts (left) fumbled a Jon Brady cross and it fell straight to the feet of Quayle. Amazingly, though, the striker fired wildly over with the goal at his mercy.

In the dying moments, Roberts was again called into action to pull-off a fantastic save from Clare.




1 Tony Roberts
19 Tarkan Mustafa (off 70 mins)
17 Lee Matthews
3 Ashley Vickers
8 Paul Terry
6 Steve Heffer
26 John McGrath
9 Danny Shipp
13 Junior McDougald (off 52 mins)
10 Mark Stein
25 Steve Watts (off 86 mins)


7 Mark Janney (on 52 mins)
14 Danny Hill
18 Paul Gothard
15 Steve West (on 86 mins)
2 Tim Cole (on 70 mins)

1 Wayne Brown
5 Phil Bolland
25 Scott Guyett
6 Wayne Hatswell
20 Ben Davies (off 17 mins)
3 Kevin McIntyre
24 Danny Collins
8 James Kelly
27 Daryl Clare (off 87 mins)
Mark Quayle (off 73 mins)
14 Paul Carden


15 Ryan Sugden (on 87 mins)
4 Shaun Carey
9 Michael Twiss (on 73 mins)
26 Jon Brady (on 17 mins)
17 Carl Ruffer

Referee: Mr M Russell
Attendance: 1,870

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Steve Watts

A Classy Performance And A Great Goal

Match Photos

Mark Stein

Mark Janney

Paul Terry

Tony Roberts - another fine game

Steve Watts

Tarkan Mustafa

Mark Stein

Mark Janney challenges

Steve Watts

Steve Watts & Danny Shipp

Steve Watts surrounded

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