The Daggers beat Doc Martens Premier side Chelmsford City last night
convincingly without ever really looking like cutting loose.
With Neale Fenn released, Leon Braithwaite apparently on holiday and Mark
Stein not in the squad it was the combination of Keith Scott and Alex Meechan
that led the line at the start. Midfield saw Chris Piper given a chance in the
central pairing with Danny Hill, Paul Bruce on the left and Tarkan Mustafa on
the right. Robbo made a welcome return between the sticks with Lee Goodwin, Tim
Cole, Lee Matthews and Jimmy Jackson in the back four.
The Daggers dominated the game from the start on a slopey pitch that could
have benefited from a cut and became very slippery once there was a sharp shower
in the middle of the first half.
Bruce (right) and Tarkan took the game to the home side down the flanks and the
first real chance came when Keith Scott fired over from point blank range off a
Brucey cross. Alex Meechan showed class in making room for himself to shoot with
a turn right out of the top drawer on the edge of the area.
Robbo had little to do, but proved there is little wrong with his voice in
being as commanding as ever, even when heard from behind the opposite goal. When
Chelmsford finally did work an opening the number10 hit the trees in spectacular
style. It was good to see Matt Jones play once more, although a position on the
right hand side of midfield doesn't srtike me as his best. His corners were as
good as ever though and provided the only consistent threat to Robbo's goal.
40 minutes the inevitable goal came, Keith Scott put through and holding off
challenges with his strength before sliding the ball to Tarkan (left) to smash
home from 6 yards.
As usual it was all change for the second half. Paul Rutherford took over
from Robbo, Ashley Vickers came on for Jimmy J and PT replaced Lee Goodwin,
Tarkan dropping back into the back 4.
As the gloom from Billericay's 60 watt floodlighting system set in it became
hard to spot who was who. Paul Bruce was crashed to the ground several times
more in the second half before finally giving way to Jamie Murat with 15 minutes
left, and was unlucky not to get a penalty, one particularly bad challenge being
judged just outside the box by the eccentric ref.
Lenny Piper had replaced Chris and Shippy come on for Danny Hill on 62
minutes, and Hill subsequently returned very late in the game for someone who
went back off. By then the fans were holding up lighters in the hopes of
actually seeing what the hell was going on. Tom McGowan also got 15 minutes for
second goal was a classic big centre forwards. As the cross came over from the
right Keith Scott (right) made sure that everything ended up in the net
from two yards out, including the ball, which looked to have come off his arm.
2-0 was a reasonable score line in the end and Scotty did more than enough in
the game to deserve being on the scoresheet.