From out of nowhere the Daggers suddenly found their form and handed out a
thorough thrashing to one of the form teams in the Conference on Saturday.
Danny Shipp out for the next few weeks having been carried off at Aldershot on
New Years Day and Steve Watts dropping to the bench the Daggers lined up in a
more familiar 4-4-2. Richard Pacquette got a home debut and the in-form
Chris Moore made up the front two. In midfield Danny Hill (right) came in in
place of Shipp for a rare start alongside Chris Piper with Tarkan Mustafa and
Paul Bruce wide.
The back four of Lee Goodwin, Ashley Vickers, Tim Cole and Jimmy Jackson lined up in
front of Danny Naisbitt, still deputising for the injured Robbo.. The one big
surprise was the omission of Mark Bentley from the team, reduced to warming the
bench for this one.
The Daggers started fast once again, taking the game to the Shrews from the
kick off. The first chance came early to Pacquette for the whom the ball dropped
around the penalty spot but his well struck shot was just too close to Howie who
saved. Shortly afterwards an attempted headed back pass fell short and the razor
sharp Chris Moore nipped in to lob Howie only to see the ball bounce inches
Having seen the Daggers do the same to Aldershot Town for 20 minutes on
Boxing Day, the crowd wondered if they would run out of steam once more. This
time though the Daggers were not to be denied.
29 minutes Pacquette slipped the ball through to Moore who raced clear and
coolly slipped the ball into the net past Howie. The fans were still celebrating
when just a couple of minutes later Paul Bruce (left) was fed in the area and
was caught by Darren Moss having slipped the ball past the defender, referee
Russell immediately pointing to the spot and booking Moss.
Piper (right) made no mistake with the penalty, comprehensively beating Howie to
make it 2-0. With the home fans pinching themselves two became three on 39
minutes. This time a slick passing move found Tarkan Mustafa in space and he
slipped the ball to Pacquette who slammed the ball home from 18 yards out.
Shortly after this Danny Naisbitt made a decent save from Street in what was
Shrewsbury's only real chance of the half to keep the lead intact.
In the second half it was more of the same, with the Daggers in no mood to
sit on a comfortable lead. Jimmy Quinn put himself on in an attempt to change
the Shrews luck but they were so rarely in the Daggers half it made no
Mustafa's (left) shot was well saved by Howie and Pacquette hit the side netting
as the Daggers looked for more. The only surprise was it took until the 70th
minute for the fourth to come.
Once again it was the outstanding Moore
grabbed his fifth goal in as many games. Fed by Danny Hill he turned his marker one way then the other as he drove into the area before shooting across Howie into the far corner for a fabulous goal.
to then Howie in the Shrewsbury goal had actually had a good game. The fifth,
after 73 minutes, was down to him though, as he came for a Jackson corner and
missed it, the ball dropping to Lee Goodwin (left) who scored from an acute
With the Daggers fans dancing on the terraces Garry Hill effectively declared
his score by putting on first Tony Perfect, then Tom McGowen for Conference
debuts. Watts replaced Pacquette too but was unable to grab the goal he would so
dearly have liked against his former club.
Late in the game Shrewsbury had a couple of decent chances to nick a
consolation goal, the best falling to Quinn who headed down from a cross only to
see the ball bounce over the bar.
At the final whistle the crowd stood and applauded the Daggers on their warm
down "lap of honour".
More of the same in the coming weeks will do very nicely indeed.