The Daggers tonight showed something of a return to form with a convincing 4-0
win over Margate at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium.
both Tim Cole (left) and Alan Kimble unavailable and the rest of the squad
decimated through injury, Garry Hill had very few options when it came to
choosing his starting eleven.
The Daggers marked their intentions early in the match with Mark Bentley
making two excellent runs. The first of these nearly led to the opening
goal when his shot clattered off the woodwork to safety.
The visitors had their chances early on too though and Darren Watson should
have done better when he put a shot wide.
Daggers' next attack came through the impressive Tony Scully (right) who put his
shot straight at Phil Smith when a goal looked certain.
With 25 minutes gone, the Daggers were again on the attack and Bentley went
on another great run, only to be felled by Hankin 25 yards out. Hankin was
rightly shown the yellow card.
resulting free-kick was beautifully taken by Paul Bruce (left) who lashed the
ball over the wall and into the top corner to put the hosts into a deserved
The Daggers had more chances and could have extended their lead had it not
been for some excellent goalkeeping from Smith.
With 62 minutes on the clock, the Daggers earned another free-kick from a
similar range and, this time, Danny Shipp stepped up to blast a low shot into
the bottom corner of the net and double the Daggers' lead.
minutes later and the Daggers found themselves 3-0 up. Alex Meechan
(right) reacted quickest to latch onto a loose ball in the Margate area and
calmly slotted the ball under the advancing 'keeper.
If could have been 4-0 shortly afterwards when the referee and his assistant
contrived to rule a 2nd Meechan goal out for offside, despite the fact that the
only player in an offside position was tracking back.
fourth goal did come though when, on his third attempt, substitute Leon
Braithwaite (left) scored with a beautiful diving header to open his Daggers
With only injury time remaining, the match took something of a surreal turn
when, immediately after Braithwaite's goal, Sean Hankin was sent off for the
visitors, presumably for something he said.
Then, Daggers' goalkeeper, James Pullen, needlessly pulled down Sigere in the
area, handing the visitors a penalty and himself an early bath. Bentley
took over in goal and faced the spot-kick. Bentley dived the wrong way,
but Sigere blasted the penalty against the post.
The win was no more than the Daggers deserved, but the next test is the
televised match at current leaders, Hereford United, on Monday.