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In 1998,The Daggers drew 1-1 with Wealdstone at Home in the FA Trophy 1st Round

In 2001,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Basingstoke Town Away in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

In 2007,The Daggers lost 0-2 to Rotherham United at Home in the Coca Cola League Two 

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Scored the first

Gravesend & Northfleet Report
by Hardy on 25/11/2003

The Daggers come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at Gravesend & Northfleet with Chris Piper and Steve Watts scoring the Daggers' goals.

Gravesend & Northfleet

Dagenham & Redbridge

Drury 17

Piper 53
Watts 89

Nationwide Conference
Stonebridge Road
Tuesday 25 November 2003
A game of two halves
The Daggers tonight came back from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Stonebridge Road against Gravesend & Northfleet. The win is the first time the Daggers have turned over a deficit this season and hopefully marks a turnaround in fortunes.

Garry Hill once again changed the line up significantly. Forced into leaving Ashley Vickers out due to suspension the team lined up with three at the back and wing backs, Lee Goodwin, Lee Matthews and Tim Cole the three with Tarkan Mustafa on the right and Paul Bruce (right) recalled on the left, where he had a good game throughout. 

Tony Scully was dropped in a midfield of Danny Shipp, Chris Piper and Mark Bentley, returning to his old club and strangely booed by a section of the Fleet support. Up front Tris Whitman joined new signing Chris Moore on the bench with Rob Gill and Steve Watts the chosen front two.

The game started brightly for the Daggers and for the first five minutes it was one way traffic. The Fleet started to get the measure of the visitors after that though and began to exploit the space on the Daggers right where Tarkan Mustafa, so reliable at right back, was drifting out of position.

As crosses rained in on the Daggers Dennis Oli, on loan from QPR, collided with Lee Matthews (right) and both needed lengthy treatment, Matthews suffered a cracked tooth while Oli left the field to have his head bandaged after suffering a nasty gash.

While both sides were down to ten the Fleet got their noses in front in the simplest of manners. Ben Walshe's corner to the far post was headed down for Andrew Drury to slam home from close range.

The Daggers continued to struggle throughout the rest of the first half. When they managed to string passes together they never looked like penetrating and the alternative of a long ball was being coped with easily by the Fleet defence. Luckily Tony Roberts was in his usual fine form, making a couple of good saves to deny Steve McKimm while Gravesend generally failed to capitalise on the confusion in the Daggers ranks.

The second half was oh so different though, and for the first time in a while it was like watching the Daggers play. After 15 minutes of gloom and despondency among the 300 or so visiting fans, Garry Hill changed things two minutes into the second half, Tim Cole replaced by Mark Janney (left) as the Daggers reverted to a familiar 4-4-2. Immediately things looked better with Janners the out ball time and time again.

The equaliser was a joy to watch, fast passing along the floor between a number of players eventually putting Steve Watts in space. With everyone expecting a shot Wattsy slipped the ball inside to Chris Piper (right) who had time to control and pick his spot from twelve yards.

Suddenly it was all Dagenham after that and it was a surprise that the winner was so slow in coming. When it did, as late as the 89th minute, it was another simple headed finish from a corner taken by Paul Bruce on the right. Wattsy (left) celebrated in style and the Daggers fans joined in from the terraces. 

Somehow referee Melin found four minutes of added time and the Daggers nearly made it three when new signing Chris Moore, on for Rob Gill, was put clear. His shot unfortunately struck Paul Wilkerson's ample backside and went wide. 

Right at the death though ex-Dagger Steve Perkins (right) had a great chance to equalise for the Fleet but somehow he managed to chip the ball over when it looked easier to score. That was probably a more significant contribution to the Daggers cause than any he made wearing the shirt.

The result sees the Daggers up to 14th which is still not great, but significantly they are now just four points off 7th and have now taken ten points from the last twelve. Most significantly though, the second half display last night is the best the side have played for a long time. 




12 Paul Wilkerson
2 Matt Lee
19 Chris Moore
8 Robert Owen
21 Steve Perkins
20 Eddie McClements
7 Steve McKimm (off 66 mins)
6 Francis Duku
16 Ben Walshe (off 82 mins)
23 Andy Drury
11 Dennis Oli


17 Jimmy Strouts (on 66 mins)
18 Lee Shearer
14 Rob Haworth
1 Alex O'Reilly
10 Louie Evans (on 82 mins)

1 Tony Roberts
19 Tarkan Mustafa
4 Lee Goodwin
2 Tim Cole (off 47 mins)
17 Lee Matthews
11 Paul Bruce
18 Mark Bentley
6 Chris Piper
9 Danny Shipp
5 Robert Gill (off 81 mins)
22 Steve Watts


7 Mark Janney (on 47 mins)
23 Chris Moore (on 81 mins)
26 Alan Kimble
13 Glen Knight
10 Tris Whitman

Referee: Mr P Melin
Attendance: 1,274

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Steve Watts

Scored one and set one up

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