The Daggers took
all three points on Saturday in a game full of drama at The Interlink
The Daggers welcomed Tony Roberts back to Conference action and Tim Cole
returned from suspension to shore up a back line pierced seven times by Arlesey
Town. In midfield Danny Shipp lost out to Danny Hill while up front Chris Moore
partnered Kirk Jackson, a front pairing full of promise for the Daggers future
if Jacko can be persuaded to sign.
early sparring it was the Daggers who opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Chris
Piper (left) who latched on to a Chris Moore pass and smashed it in.
The lead never looked a comfortable one though and on
the half hour mark, Tony Roberts conceded a penalty
when he fouled Paul Mullin in the area.
Lutel James took the
spot-kick which Roberts (right) read correctly
and may just have touched onto the post. Whatever, the rebound was put wide
allowing the Daggers to breathe again still with their noses in front.
As the half drew towards its conclusion Stanley kept pressing forward and it
was almost inevitable when the impressive Rory Prendergast got the home side back on level terms just 3
minutes before the break,
Buoyed by getting back level Accrington started the faster in the second half
and it took just eight minutes for them to get their noses in front. It was
unsettled forward Lutel James who grabbed the goal to make amends for his penalty miss, slotting home from
close range to leave the visitors chasing the game.
remained close with the Daggers pushing to get back into the game, and with
fifteen minutes left Garry Hill shuffled his pack, replacing a defender, Ashley
Vickers with a forward Leon Braithwaite (left) in a positive move. This paid off
as the pressure built on Accrington. This told first with 12 minutes to go, when
Robbie Williams was sent off for a two
footed foul on Mark Janney, Accrington's ninth red card of the
Conference season so far.
Despite this and the Daggers having been the better side for much of the
game, it looked like being another blank weekend for Garry Hill's
men with them still trailing 2-1 going into injury time.
was still never say die though and as the game moved in to added time the
Daggers made an unlikely comeback. Following a series of missed chances when
Kirk Jackson and Leon Braithwaite both should have put the ball away,
the ball at last fell to Chris Moore (right) and he lashed the ball home
from an acute angle to level the scores and his sixth goal in eight
games as a Dagger.
There was still time for the Daggers to have one more
attack and with time rapidly running out, Kirk Jackson toe-poked home Leon
Braithwaite's cross for the Daggers'
third and winning goal, snatching the points
for the visitors.