Saturday's game will be remembered throughout the whole of England for a very
long time. Sadly, we're not talking about the Daggers' match against
Scarborough, but the England Rugby Union side's tense win over Australia in the
Final of the Rugby World Cup.
The match at Victoria Road was somewhat less inspiring and is unlikely to be
talked about next week, let alone in years to come.
However, a win is a win and the Daggers took all three points from a game
where the conditions were as much the opponent as the visiting team with
torrential rain and a stiff wind throughout the match.
only three minutes of the game gone, Tris Whitman (left) wasted a great
opportunity to open both the scoring in the game and his Daggers' account when
he prodded the ball wide from close range.
Shortly after, the visitors themselves nearly took the lead when Scott Kerr
tried his luck, only for Tony Roberts to parry the shot and Mark Bentley to
clear the free ball off the line.
Daggers took the lead on 28 minutes when they were awarded a free kick from
around 20 yards, roughly central to the goal. Danny Shipp cracked the ball
powerfully into the wall and it rebounded to Lee Goodwin (right) at the right
who blasted the ball goalwards. As the ball approached the prepared
'keeper, Mark Bentley diverted the ball into the back of the net.
The second half started with Scarborough fighting to get back on level terms,
but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the visitors
out. At the start of the half, Jacques Williams put his shot over the bar
from close range.
Shipp (left) saw his long range drive saved well by Leigh Walker and Tony
Roberts saved brilliantly from Colin Cryan.
The visitors did have the ball in the Daggers' net five minutes from time,
but the assistant referee had already flagged Mark Hotte as being offside.
Whilst the match was not exactly a classic, it was Garry Hill's side's third
clean-sheet in a row and extends their unbeaten run also to three matches.
It wasn't the most convincing of performances from the Daggers though and
Hill must be wondering when one of the team's strikers will find the back of the