The Daggers today won their second consecutive home match 5-2.
With no Ashley Vickers in the squad, defensive duties were left for Lee
Goodwin, Lee Matthews, Mark Smith and Jimmy Jackson. Danny Shipp, Paul
Bruce, Lenny Piper and Mark Bentley were favoured in midfield with Mark Stein
and Leon Braithwaite starting up front.
match got off to the perfect start for the home side when, with the match barely
underway, the Daggers were awarded a free-kick on the left hand side. Paul
Bruce fired the ball across the goal to Lee Matthews at the far post.
Matthews made to shoot at Steve Perrin's goal, but his shot flew low across the
goal to Mark Bentley (left) and he passed the ball right-footed into the back of
With the Daggers piling on the early pressure, Mark Stein saw a shot fly over
the bar and it was certainly Steve Perrin in the Forest Green goal who was the
lead was doubled just before the half-hour when a great square ball from the
much-improved Leon Braithwaite found Danny Shipp (right) on the edge of the box
who launced the ball over Perrin and into the corner of the net off the
With 32 minutes on the clock, the scoreline became 3-0 when Bentley produced
one of the best solo goals ever seen at Victoria Road. Picking up the ball
inside his own half, he ran down the right flank before cutting inside and
beating the defenders and launching a powerful 20 yard shot into the roof of the
into first half injury time, the visitors pulled a goal back against the run of
play when Steve Cowe curled a great shot in at the far post, beyond the reach of
Tony Roberts (left).
The second half saw the Daggers take their foot off the gas and this nearly
proved costly for the hosts. The 64th minute saw Rovers come frighteningly
close to reducing the deficit when Neil Grayson shot from close-range, only for
his effort to crash off the bar and be cleared to safety. This was soon
after he had seen a good cross flash across Roberts' goal without the necessary
Soon after, the visitors squandered another good chance to reduce the
Daggers' lead when Jackson headed a goalbound shot off the line.
On 74 minutes though, Grayson did provide Rovers with the boost they needed,
crossing the ball from the right wing for Cowe to double his tally by rounding
Roberts and tapping home from close range.
With nine minutes of normal time remaining, Danny Shipp scored his second of
the match and the 100th of his Daggers' career to ease the Daggers' unease.
Substitute, Alex Meechan, won the ball on the left and, after some great work,
crossed the ball to Shipp on the edge of the area and he made no mistake,
blasting the ball into the far corner.
With ninety minutes on the clock, last Tuesday's scoreline against Barnet was
replicated when substitute, Alex Meechan put on a burst of speed to beat the
defender before firing a vicious right foot shot into the top corner of the net.
The largest surprise of the match, though, came in that the referee, Mr Yerby,
managed to see through most of the game without making too many glaring
errors. In fact, he had a good first half. However, the second half
saw a number of challenges go unpunished, particularly a number of firm
challenges on Leon Braithwaite and some obvious shirt pulling on Alex Meechan.