After conceding heavily in recent games, the only real positive that Daggers
can take from this game is that his defence kept a clean sheet in what was an
awful game in bitterly cold conditions.
Daggers lined up with only one change from the starting eleven at Margate, Danny
Hill suspended, Chris Piper (right) taking his place.
Tamworth banished thoughts that they had come for a point by playing
positively, if a little too directly, throughout. To be honest though, neither
team looked too likely to break the deadlock though throughout a game of few
clear cut chances.
The first of the game fell to the Lambs Sylla who ran on to a long through
ball and tried to chip Roberts in the Daggers goal, Alan Kimble (left) getting
back to head off the line.
Daggers should have had a penalty when Chris Moore (right) was caught as he ran
into the Tamworth area. Referee Singh, who had a picky game not up to his usual
high standard, gave the foul only after the lineswoman signalled it, but spotted
the ball a yard outside the area. Typically on the night the cross from the free
kick came to nothing.†
The Daggers slowly got on top after this, still without really threatening,
Mark Janney the outlet for most of the good approach play. Chris Moore uncharacteristically
sliced a shot wide when well placed then Leon Braithwaite placed his shot rather
than blasting it, Lambs keeper Ryan Price saving well. Chris Piper had the best
chance though, heading well wide from six yards out.
The view at half time was that the game could only get better, but unfortunately
that was not really the case. Danny Shipp and the Lambs Lee Colkin had shots
from distance that scarcely troubled the keepers.
on Sylla's header from a Paul Barnes cross flashed wide the Daggers goal just
before the closest effort of the night, a well worked short corner seeing Paul Bruce's
cross met by Leon Braithwaite (right). The header was a good one but struck Rob Warner on the
goal line and was cleared.
The clock ticked mercifully down to the end of the game letting the crowd get
back in the warm. The last evening game of 2003/04 will not live long in the
memory, like the season as a whole.