The Daggers sneaked into the last 32 of the FA Trophy with an extra time, come
from behind win against Crawley Town, ending the game with ten men after having
captain Tim Cole sent off in controversial circumstances.
Ben Judge gave Crawley the lead on 20 minutes heading home from close range
and the home side dominated much of the first half. Lee Goodwin was carried off
for the Daggers in the 26th minute with what looked like a serious injurt, replaced by Mark Bentley.
Right at the end of the half the Daggers rode their luck when Charlie McDonald put Paul Armstrong through
but his shot hit the post.
the second half the Daggers came back into the game with Crawley obviously
beginning to tire. Garry Hill replaced Staeve Watts with Leon Braithwaite just
after the hour and the strikers added pace forced Crawley onto the back foot. The
visitors pulled level in the 72nd minute
with a headed goal from on loan striker Richard Pacquette from a Leon
Braithwaite cross to force extra time.
Captain Tim Cole
(right) was shown the red card for a foul on Charlie MacDonald early
in the first extra period. The card was shown well after the incident in
question after the referee had consulted at length with his assistant.
The Dagger kept their cool though and Mark Bentley won the game for them in
the 109th minute with another header from a cross by extra time substitute Alan
The win sets up a fourth round game at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium against Ryman
Division One North side Arlesey Town who beat Hayes on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1
draw in their own replay last night.