The Daggers got back to winning ways against Northwich Victoria on Saturday with
a comfortable win over a side that already look doomed to relegation.
Hill resisted bringing back Tim Cole and Mark Bentley who both were on the bench
having returned from suspension. The team lined up 4-4-2 with a back four of
Goodwin, Vickers, Matthews and Bruce and a midfield of Mustafa, Piper, Shipp and
Tony Scully. Up front Steve Watts (left) and Leon Braithwaite got the nod with
Rob Gill, whose loan ends after the Leigh RMI game, nowhere to be seen.
game was pretty much one way traffic throughout with the Daggers dominating
possession. After Lee Goodwin had a header well saved by Andy Ralph, a rare
Northwich attack could well have seen them lead but for a strong save at full
stretch from Tony Roberts (right) to deny Nicky Young.
Daggers huffed and puffed for the whole first half but too often the last pass
or cross was wasted, particularly by Tony Scully (left) who had a stinker.
After half time it was more of the same until a magic moment from man of the
match Tarkan Mustafa. In the 53rd minute he picked the ball up and ran at the
Northwich defence for the umpteenth time, beating player after player. In the
end Tarkan had a little luck when a tackle saw the ball break perfectly for him
to find the corner of the net.
With the deadlock broken the Daggers steamed forward looking to make the game
safe. 1-0 became 2-0 on 67 minutes when Lee Goodwin headed home from close range
with the Vics defence appealing for offside following a corner and the home
crowd settled back waiting for the floodgates to open.
Jamie McGuire went close, another great save from Robbo keeping the ball out.
The two managers rang the changes in the last 20 minutes, mysteriously Chris
Piper getting the hook from Garry Hill while Scully stayed on. Leon Braithwaite
also got pulled after a bad day at the office and at the death Mark Bentley
(right), on for Lee Goodwin, could have made it three but for a good save from
The win leaves the Daggers still 14th but closes the gap on the teams above
them. A win is a win, but with things turning much tougher from two weeks time,
the team needs to find some real form soon.