The Daggers tonight notched up their first win of the 2003/04 pre-season,
putting three past Canvey Island for no reply on a bumpy and uneven pitch that
you wonder will be fit for football later in the season.
Using a more settled team than on Saturday against West Ham, Garry gave
further tests to new-boys, Jimmy Jackson, Mark Bentley, Chris Piper, Leon
Braithwaite, Neale Fenn and Alex Meechan. Danny Shipp (left) captained the side
on the night.
After a fairly even first half Danny Shipp opened the scoring, a minute before the break from the penalty
spot following Ashley Harrison's foul on Leon Braithwaite. Leon should have
scored early in the game when through one-on-one with Harrison only to get the
ball caught between his legs at the vital moment.
In the second half, Canvey pushed forward looking to equalise only to find
James Pullen in good form, the triallist making several good saves.
A rash of late substitutions saw the game open up a little and with five minutes remaining, Mark Janney made no
mistake having been put clear by Leon Braithwaite, putting the Daggers
The scoring was completed in the 89th minute when Alex Meechan
(right) scored his
first goal in a Daggers shirt, tapping home another great pass from Braithwaite, a
desperate lunge by a Canvey defender unable to keep the ball out.
performances on the night from Pullen, Bruce and Braithwaite in particular.
Neale Fenn worked hard without ever looking like scoring unfortunately, Janney and Meechan
making the real difference late in the game.
A serious downside to my evening
personally was the abuse given to Leon Brathwaite by a few mindless idiots among
the Daggers support which was bordering on racist at times.
You know who you
are, stop it now.