After a run of four defeats any kind of win was what the Daggers needed in this
one, and in the end that was exactly what they got. On a dull, drizzley evening
the Daggers scrapped out an ugly 1-0 win against the team propping up the
Daggers fielded an adventurous looking 4-3-3 and gave debuts to Tristram Whitman
(right) and Robert Gill, both signed from Doncaster in time for the game. These
two joined Steve Watts in attack with a narrow midfield of Chris Piper, Danny
Hill and Mark Bentley. At the back Ashley Vickers stayed in the centre of
defence partnering Timmy Cole with Alan Kimble and Tarkan Mustafa the full
Whitman almost made an immediate impact with an early shot on the turn but this was blocked by
the Farnborough defence. The rest of the first half went by with little incident
of note in a game that looked like it was between two struggling sides.
On 20 minutes Farnborough had a great chance to take the lead when Richard Hodgson
caught the normally reliable Mustafa dwelling on the ball and ran clear with
just Tony Roberts to beat. The shot was straight at Robbo though and the danger
the half headed to a close the Daggers finally forced their first spell of concerted
pressure. First Alan Kimble had a free kick that just failed to dip under the
crossbar then Steve Watts (left) tamely headed wide when found with another
excellent Kimble cross. Under a minute later though Watts atoned for the miss, a
deep cross beating Osborn in the Boro goal but finding Watts unmarked at the far
The goal was celebrated in style by Watts and is his first since returning to
the Daggers from Shrewsbury Town.
Daggers had the better chances in the second half. First Alan Kimble went close with another free-kick that was saved at his left post by Osborn. Watts had a header that was cleared away from goal by Charles
and Ashley Vickers forced Osborn into making another save from a header.
Possibly the best chance to extend the lead fell to Mark Bentley (right) when
the ball came to him at the top of the penalty area but his pile driver was hit
straight at the keeper..
As the clock ran down Boro brought on former Dagger Ken Charlery in an attempt
to find an equaliser. They did have a claim for a penalty in the dying minutes as Mark Janney slid in on
Charlery but the dive seemed in slow motion and the rumble of him hitting the
floor was almost audible. Ken has had a few pies since leaving Victoria
Road. At the death, Boro new signing Howard Forniton, another that looked
to be on the Dickie Harper diet, skied a shot from the edge of the area
before the referee brought the game to a merciful end.
This is a game where the result far outweighs the performance and the Daggers
will be looking to build on it in the coming games against sides mostly in the
bottom half of the Conference table.