The Daggers were royally stuffed by the Conference Champions
at Victoria Road as Yeovil showed how they came to be where they are against a
team looking to be coasting into the play off's. Lets hope that Garry Hill can
lift his team or that will be a very short competition.
Daggers started with Tony Roberts still on the bench, Paul Gothard (right)
deputising again, but otherwise the best eleven available, Junior still missing
with his back troubles and Vickers suspended.
The visitors were afforded a guard of honour on their way out
and started the better side, something the Daggers failed to change until the
game was completely over late in the game.
Yeovil consistently pressed the Daggers back and it was no
real surprise when they took the lead on 24 minutes. Way's pinpoint cross from
the right was headed back by Jackson for Kevin Gall to head home.
goal encouraged Yeovil into more passing movement, with the Daggers limited to
occassional forays forward. Tarkan Mustafa and Danny Shipp (left) whipping some
hopeful crosses in to little result, Steve West still not firing and Mark Stein
crowded out by good defending more often than not.
McGrath (right) had one of his weaker performances in a Daggers shirt,
frequently misplacing passes and seeming to be constantly drawn in to the centre
of the field when the Daggers needed width.
half time looming Paul Gothard went for a cross that he had no chance with and
clattered into Jackson giving away a penalty. The spot kick was well struck but
Gothard atoned by diving to his right and parrying it. This gave the fans
something to cheer going into the break, but three minutes into the second half
the game was effectively over.
broke through a static defence and slipped the ball to Kirk Jackson who had a
rediculous amount of time to pick his spot. Worse was to come in the 63rd minute
when Gall and Jackson again waltzed through the heart of the Daggers defence for
Jackson to pass the ball in for 3-0, then Jackson hit his hattrick five minutes
Wholesale changes ensued
on both sides, McGrath and Shipp making way for Broom and Hill for the Daggers.
Danny Hill huffed and puffed and finally got the Daggers moving in the last
quarter of the game, again without any real end product as the game dribbled out
to a predictable conclusion, Yeovil happy to take their foot off the gas too.
the end the Daggers fans stayed to give the worthy champions of the Conference a
standing ovation. Let's hope that Yeovil can do the league proud next season in
contrast to last seasons "winners". On this showing they should have
results saw Doncaster and Morcambe draw and Chester win to leave the Daggers
fifth. A win on Saturday against Forest Green ought to see them finish fourth
and face probably Doncaster in the play off semi, with Chester facing Yeovil at