The Daggers' turbulent season continued yesterday when they
were beaten by Conference newcomers, Tamworth at The Lamb.
Fielding a side devoid of attacking options, it was always
going to be an uphill struggle for Garry Hill's men and so it proved.
home side came very close to taking the lead early on when Lee Ayres looped a
header goalwards, only for James Pullen (left) to tip the ball over the bar.
The Daggers then proceeded to gain the upper hand in the
match and Danny Shipp had a one on one but hit it right at Whitehead in the
fought back though, but despite a fair amount of pressure, the hosts were unable
to create any real openings.
The Daggers nearly took the lead from a corner when Tim
Cole (right) fired a shot goalwards only for Whitehead to save well, pushing the
ball round the post.
Scully was creating problems for the Tamworth defence, but the next real chance
fell to the hosts when Andy Watson latched onto a cross from Darby but James
Pullen pushed the ball away and Rickards' follow-up was cleared off the line by
Ashley Vickers (left).
Just before half-time, Rickards saw a powerful shot
brilliantly saved by Pullen at full stretch.
After the break, the hosts took a stranglehold on the
match in the second half though with the Daggers unable to offer much in the way
In the 51st minute, Rob Warner played a great pass to
Scott Rickards on the right win and his cut back from the byline found Tris
Whitman who side-footed the ball into the net past Pullen.
Tamworth piled on the pressure and it was only the efforts
of Tim Cole that prevented the visitors from going further behind.
Daggers tried to get back on level terms and almost did when Lenny Piper (left)
struck a long range shot but Whitehead was equal to it and pushed it away.
The Daggers couldn't hold out forever and with 69 minutes
on the clock, Whitman scored his second to put the match beyond the
Daggers. A long throw wasn't cleared by the Daggers and Whitman latched
onto the loose ball to fire it into the net.
Garry Hill made two substitutes with around ten minutes
remaining but it was too little, too late and the Lambs deservedly took all
The result leaves the Daggers play-off chances looking
increasingly slender and manager Garry Hill is coming under a great deal of
pressure from certain elements of the support. Certainly, 11 points after
11 games is a worryingly low return and needs to be improved if the Daggers are
to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.
Many thanks to Shaun for his assistance with this