Daggers were today held to a goalless draw at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium by an
in-form Chester City side in a low-key game.
With Daggers' manager, Garry Hill, having barely enough fit players to field
a side, the line-up was pretty-much as predicted. Dean Beckwith (left) was
given his Daggers debut in the heart of defence following his loan signing from
Gillingham yesterday, and adapted very well to life at Victoria Road.
Indeed, it was Beckwith who saved the day when Pullen allowed the ball to pass
him and the Chester striker would have had the simplest of tap-ins had Beckwith
not timed his tackle so well.
visitors started marginally the stronger with Michael Twiss bringing out a save
from James Pullen (right - picture courtesy Dave Simpson) with a powerful shot
as early as eight minutes into the match.
Alex Meechan should have done better when the ball was fed to him in the 20th
minute but, despite his good positioning, he was unable to unleash a shot on
game was dominated by the two sides' defences though and there was not much in
the way of incident on which to report.
Towards the end of the half, Danny Shipp (left) rifled in a vicious long
range shot but Wayne Brown was well places and held the ball comfortably.
The second half saw more of the same from both sides with the two defences
cancelling each other out.
20 minutes remaining, Alex Meechan (right) wasted the Daggers' best chance of
the match, shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.
With a quarter of an hour remaining, the Daggers again came close to taking
all three points. A free-kick from Alan Kimble reached Ashley Vickers who
headed the ball goalwards, only to see Brown pull off a fine save to tip the
The last real chance of the match fell to Mark Bentley, but his shot was poor
and flew tamely over the bar.