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In 1993,The Daggers beat Halifax Town 3-0 at Home in the GM Vauxhall Conference 


In 2001,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Leyton Orient at Home in the LDV Vans Trophy 1st Round


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A supporter wonders...
by Alan on 13/08/2003

Alan is a long time Daggers fan and season ticket holder. In a guest column for DiggerDagger.com he wonders what the hell is happening so far this season.

A supporter wonders...
Like most Daggers fans, I looked forward to the new season with no small optimism; there were acknowledged weaknesses in the squad and the starting line up over the last couple of seasons, but in the new players, Garry appeared to have brought in some decent options.

However, the actuality of the pre-season and the new-season has not lived up to the expectation.

At Leigh on Saturday, the team were faced with a hard and bumpy surface, on which it was always going to be difficult to play football and would have to resort to a lot of long balls. Many would have thought that Garry would opt for the physical presence of Keith Scott, whose signature Garry had secured ahead of several other interested Conference sides. Amazingly, Scott was not even included in the sixteen. In fact, of the new outfield players, only Leon Braithwaite, and Jimmy Jackson started

At the back I was surely not the only one who raised an eyebrow at the selection of Ashley Vickers at centre back ahead of Mark Smith or even Lee Goodwin.

As the game wore on and we were in need of a goal, the ball was time and again pumped into the box, but unsurprisingly, Stein, Meechan and Braithwaite were not able to fashion any meaningful chances from those long balls.

Equally surprising, was the failure to include Danny Hill or Lenny Piper in the squad. Lenny is a player who Garry has tracked for over a year and has probably the best strike rate of any midfielder in the Conference, a good man to turn to when you are in need of a goal one would have thought. Similarly Danny Hill is a man who can turn a game with his passing or his ability to strike the ball.

Following the game, rumours surfaced that Garry had agreed to loan out Keith Scott to Tamworth. These rumours have today been confirmed as true, and it leaves us short of a target man and, in effect, the option to knock the ball long into the box.

To send a player out on loan for three months to gain match fitness when there has been no injury and he has just looked as fit as a butchers dog in pre-season is a clear indication that Garry thinks Scott is not up to it for the Daggers and it seems unlikely now that he will ever pull on the shirt in a competitive game.

A chance to put it right

Tuesday arrived and the faithful trooped into the Glynn Hopkin Stadium, hoping that Garry would "sort it out".

When the team was announced, once again the 16 failed to include Keith Scott, Danny Hill or Lenny Piper. Perhaps equally surprising was the decision to drop Mark Janney and Paul Bruce to the bench. Bruce in particular had been particularly bright pre-season and was one of the more highly rated players in the Leigh game scoring a cracking free kick.

Whilst the game began well, the cracks at the back were exposed when Steve Watson was allowed in unchallenged at the back post to square the ball to the impressive Elding to put Boro ahead. From then on, the Terry and Shipp partnership laboured in the middle of the park and possession was lost too easily. With no Hill or Lenny Piper on the bench, the Daggers lacked a creative or steadying midfield option. Long balls were humped up into the box, but the lack of height in the Daggers attack meant that these were dealt with in a straightforward manner.

At the end of the game, there was a great deal of frustration and dissatisfaction among the home fans; for the first time in ages there was booing. While it is rather early to be taking that stance, there are clear concerns among the support.

The failure to select Scott, Hill or Lenny Piper is surprising. Piper and Hill are great players who will get goals and make goals at this level, surely they merit a place in the 16, if not the starting line up?

Equally, Keith Scott give us an option that we do not have with the other strikers at the club, i.e. to play it long.

The questions that needs to be asked, are why are these guys not getting a look in and why did Garry give these players contracts if he does not deem them worthy of the 16, let alone the starting line up?

Rumours abound of unrest at the club, of players muttering in the bar after games and of reporters being ranted at for doing their job and asking the obvious questions.

No damage is done yet with just two games gone, but with tough games to come thick and fast in the coming weeks the Daggers need to get their act together pretty quickly if this season isn't going to be over by the end of September as far as promotion ambitions are concerned.


 

 

 

 

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