The Daggers completed a blank Christmas and New Year with another odd goal
defeat at the hands of Aldershot Town.
what was a decent performance in many ways against the Shots at home Garry Hill
again shuffled his pack for this one, giving a debut to loan signing Richard
Pacquette and playing 4-3-3. The players to miss out were Jimmy Jackson (right),
who dropped to the bench, and Leon Braithwaite, nowhere to be seen. The decision
to move Chris Moore, a consistent threat since his arrival, out to the left of a
front three, is a tough one to understand.
The Daggers started brightly and had early chances once again. The two best
ones fell to new boy Pacquette. The first, from a Chris Moore cross, was blasted
over and the second seemed to get stuck under his studs. At the other end
Challinor went close for the Shots.
The home team took the lead when the excellent Aaron McLean made a great run
and as Danny Naisbitt came out to save, McLean went round him cut the ball back for Tim Sills to
The Shots dominated the rest of the half and could have gone further ahead
when Roscoe D'Sane weaved his way through the defence forcing Naisbitt to save.
Aaron McLean was also a threat, a superb tackle from Paul Bruce keeping him out
on one occasion.
Daggers tried hard to pull the game back after the break but could not break a
resolute home defence. Danny Shipp (left) was stretchered off just after the
hour in a sad end to his 300th appearance in a Daggers shirt.
Shippy was replaced by Jimmy Jackson and the Daggers were still sorting
themselves out when the Shots doubled their lead this time Aaron McLean the
scorer, latching on to a long ball from Adam Miller after 63 minutes.
The Daggers got back in to the game when Chris Moore scored his third in three
games, heading home at the far post in style on 71 minutes. The Daggers pushed
after the equaliser and changed shape moving to three at the back when Mark
Janney replaced Paul Bruce on 79 minutes.
The Daggers never really looked like getting the leveller though and the Shots
looked a constant threat on the break against a depleted back line and
comfortably saw the game out to complete the Christmas double and seal their
place in the Conference play off race.
The Daggers now sit mid table, cemented in 14th spot twelve points out of the
relegation spots and thirteen out of the play offs. With games coming up against
six of the current top seven it looks like the FA Trophy is the last chance for
making 2003/04 a season to remember.