Saturday saw the Daggers travel up to Yorkshire to face Halifax Town at the Shay
on the back of two straight defeats at the hands of Burton Albion and Ryman
League side, Thurrock.
The match saw another awful display from the visitors throughout and Halifax ran
out deserved 3-0 winners without the need to break much sweat to do so.
week's variation on tactics was to play Paul Bruce in central midfield with Mark
Bentley and Tony Scully wide. Scully was again anonymous and it wasn't until
Mark Janney came on for the last 20 odd minutes that the Daggers threatened up
the flanks at all. Tim Cole (right) returned in central defence after missing
the last month and looked short of match practice.
The match started in the worst possible way for Garry Hill's men when
Christian Lee put the home side into a 4th minute lead, firing home from a Jake
The Daggers' troubles were doubled when Ashley Vickers
(left) was somewhat harshly
adjudged to have handled inside the area. Referee Hewitt gave the penalty and
then changed his mind after consulting his assistant and gave the free kick just outside the area.
It was no reprieve for the Daggers though as Kevin Sandwith stepped up and
hit the ball along the floor as the wall jumped giving Tony Roberts no chance
whatsoever to make it 2-0.
The Daggers then had possibly their best spell of the match with Steve Watts
(right) bringing an excellent save out of Halifax goalkeeper, Mark Cartwright. It was the hosts
who scored again though when debutante Jamie McCombe headed home a Craig Midgley
free-kick almost unchallenged to put Halifax 3 up within half an hour.
Last season the Daggers had also found themselves three down at the Shay but
fought back for a draw. This season, that sort of result never looked remotely a
The second half saw the Daggers battle much harder than they had in the first
half but they were unable to find their way through a solid Halifax defence
which had pretty much set itself out to hold what they had earned.
So the Daggers find themselves sliding ever further down the table and, even
at this relatively early stage of the season, must be feeling that relegation is
a distinct possibility. Leigh RMI's unlikely 1-0 win at Edgar Street means that
the Daggers are just three points outside the third relegation spot with a third
of the season gone.