Saturday saw the Daggers first opening day defeat since 1995, going down 2-1 to
Leigh RMI at Hilton Park.
match got off to a poor start for the Daggers with the hosts taking the lead in
the 17th minute. Tarkan Mustafa (left) failed to disposses Neil Robinson
on the right and his cross was well met by David McNiven to slot the ball past
With the Railwaymen having the better of the play, the Daggers defence was
forced into action on several occasions.
it was not all one-way traffic and Leigh 'keeper, Stuart Coburn made a fine save
from a Mark Janney (right) shot.
The Daggers managed to pull level four minutes before the interval when Paul
Bruce scored from a brilliantly taken free-kick.
The visitors found themselves behind again in the 49th minute when McNiven
scored his and the host's second, lofting the ball over Pullen from considerable
Leigh looking to extend their lead, the Daggers were stretched at the back and
Ged Keilty could well have added a third from a Heald free-kick.
The addition of substitute, Mark Bentley (left) improved the Daggers fortunes
in the match, but he somehow missed three good chances and the hosts held-out to
take all three points.
Elsewhere, newly relegated Shrewsbury Town and Exeter City both took first
half leads at home, but both Margate and Halifax Town equalised late on to take
a share of the points. Dr Martens Champions, Tamworth lost 3-1 at home to
Hereford while Aldershot Town beat Ten-man Accrinton Stanley 2-1 at the Rec in
the battle of the other newcomers. Barnet overcame Telford 2-0, FGR and
Northwich was scoreless, as was the Stevenage v Chester match. Gravesend
lost 1-2 at home to Burton while Morecambe and Scarborough both notched up 2-1
home wins over Woking and Farnborough.