The Daggers yesterday equalled the Conference record of consecutive league wins
by beating Margate 3-0 at Victoria Road.
the game their was a minutes silence for Harry Hammond, former President of the
club (right). Then in front of another good crowd and with very windy conditions to deal with,
the Daggers made light work of a disappointing Margate side to win their tenth
league match on the bounce, equalling the record set by Macclesfield Town in
The match was largely lacking in goalmouth action, but there was little doubt
that the Daggers were the better side on the day and three excellent goals
separated the two sides.
The match got off to a bad start for the visitors when, after only 5 minutes,
their captain, Iain O'Connell, was in a dreadful collision with his own
goalkeeper. Manager, Chris Kinnear was forced into an early change with
O'Connell stretchered off with a suspected fractured skull.
the Daggers pressing continually, the Margate defence were coping admirably and
goalscoring chances were few.
The first real chance came after around 20 minutes when Junior McDougald
(left) left Jake Leberl for dead before shooting goalwards. His shot
ricocheted off a defender and behind for a corner.
visitors first chance of the match came on the half hour when the inconsistent
referee awarded an indirect free-kick for a backpass when Tony Roberts (right)
collected a mishit clearance by Tarkan Mustafa. Roberts was cautioned for
throwing the ball away in disgust.
The free-kick was taken with the Daggers packing the box and appeared to
strike the arm of one of the defenders, but the ball was cleared and the danger
game then kicked into life in the 40th minute when Danny Hill picked up the ball
on the right and jinked inside before unleashing a wonderful curling shot with
the outside of his boot. The ball flew inside the far post with Smith well
beaten to put the Daggers deservedly in front.
The Daggers went in at half-time with the game seemingly well under control
and the second half continued in much the same style.
Margate creating very few chances, the match seemed to be heading for a single
goal win before a moment of brilliance from substitute, Mark Janney (right) with
only 13 minutes to go.
Janney picked up the ball on the right hand side of midfield and went on a
purposeful run, beating several defenders and finding himself on the edge of the
area before stroking the ball into the corner of the goal with his left foot.
win was sealed with another sublime goal from substitute Steve West (left) on 86
West's initial strike was parried by Smith and looked to be falling nicely to
Shipp, but the ball ran away from him and he was only able to lash the ball
across the area to West who blasted the ball home in style.
With Chester losing, the Daggers move up a place to 3rd in the League and
find themselves only 12 points behind the leaders, Yeovil Town with a game in
hand. Whilst the title appears to be out of reach at the moment, Yeovil
are yet to face the Daggers at Victoria Road and did drop two points at
struggling Woking yesterday.
Steve West picture (c) Jamie McDonald/Getty