Saturday saw the Daggers' poor season continue when they crashed out of this
season's FA Cup at the first hurdle, losing 2-1 at Thurrock.
Daggers started the match at a furious pace, running at the Thurrock defence,
but were unable to create any real openings and it was the hosts that had the
first clear chance when Tresor Kando curled a shot from the edge of the box
goalwards, only for Tony Roberts to save well.
Tony Scully (left) was finding
lots of room down the left wing for the Daggers, but time and time again, he was
unable to deliver a quality cross to the strikers, either failing to clear the
first defender or sailing the cross beyond everyone.
The Daggers were
immensely frustrating in their lack of vision going forwards but were clearly
the better side in terms of both possession and ability.
with half an hour gone, Chris Piper (right) needlessly gave away a free-kick,
earning himself a yellow card. From the free-kick, Paul Linger looped the
ball into the area and Cliff Akurang was on hand to put the ball in at the far
post and give the hosts a predictable, if undeserved, lead.
The Daggers called
for a handball decision, but the somewhat erratic referee, Mr Miller, let the
With half-time rapidly approaching, the Daggers did manage to drag
their way back into the game with a well-worked move.
Mustafa (left) played a beautiful through ball to Danny Shipp and he jinked past
a couple of defenders and placed the ball into the net to level the scores.
half time, one would have hoped that the Daggers could have found the extra
pace, stamina and skill to put the game beyond the Ryman League side, but a
minute after the restart, the visitors found themselves a goal down again.
Lee played in Kandol and he unleashed a vicious shot into the far corner,
leaving Roberts with no chance.
The Daggers pushed and pushed for a second
equaliser throughout the second half, but always looked out of sorts and the
substitutions did not have any real impact.
closest the Daggers came to scoring was through Steve Watts (right) who headed
towards the bottom corner of the goal, only to see Paul Gothard pull off a fine
So the Daggers missed out on a place in the First Round of the FA Cup
and an interesting home tie against Luton Town.
With pressure mounting on
Garry Hill's job, it will be interesting to see what steps he takes to stop the
rot. Perhaps the Daggers' best chance of glory this season now comes in
the FA Trophy.