The Daggers on Saturday were cruelly denied the win that they deserved at
Farnborough Town's Cherrywood Road thanks to a very late and contentious
The visitors came out all guns blazing, belying their somewhat
makeshift starting line-up and could have taken the lead in the first minute
when a cornerwas taken deep and headed back across the goal by Chris Moore, but
Tim Cole's header was tame and Mark Osborn was able to pluck the ball out of the
It wasn't long, though, before the Daggers did take the lead. The ball
was crossed from the left by Paul Bruce and both Leon Braithwaite (right) and a
Farnborough defender tried to make contact. It's not clear if Leon
actually made contact with the ball, but it found its way into the corner of the
net and Leon was credited with the goal.
Within a minute, Nick Burton put a header just wide of Tony Roberts' post
from a corner.
(left) came close to scoring his second goal for the club when he
powered a shot from the edge of the area but it went just wide of the post.
With 25 minutes on the clock, Chris Moore
(right) once again proved his worth, adding
the Daggers' second of the game. He picked up the ball in midfield and
went on a run, beating the Farnborough defence for speed before blasting his
shot into the corner of the net.
Jackson again tried his luck, but Osborn was equal to his long-range effort.
Janney and Bruce both saw shots saved and, for the hosts, Howard Forington came
closest, heading over from a corner.
With the Daggers having been by far the better side in the first half, the
second half came as something as a disappointment.
Early in the half, Lee Goodwin
(left) made his return to first team action,
replacing the injured Mark Janney.
At this point, the Daggers were still just about on top and, indeed, nearly
put the game beyond 'Boro when Paul Bruce's long range shot beat Osborn, but
also sailed just over the bar.
On 77 minutes, the referee made the first of two major mistakes that cost the
Daggers the win. 'Boro substitute, Andre Fashanu clearly handled the ball
on the edge of the area. The referee waved play on and Fashanu rounded
Roberts to pull an undeserved goal back for the hosts.
From this point in the match, the Daggers appeared to lose their way
and Farnborough raised their game somewhat.
Ben Eaton (right) came closest for the Daggers, firing a shot from within the area,
but Osborn saved well.
Seconds from the end of added time, Farnborough won a corner and pushed
everyone forward including Osborn. The corner was taken from the right and
was cleanly caught by Tony Roberts (left), only for him to be pulled down and into the
net by one of the Farnborough players, causing him to lose his grip on the ball
and drop it into the net.
The incompetent idiot masquerading as a referee somehow saw this a perfectly
fair play and allowed the goal to stand. He must have been the only person
in the entire ground that didn't see the foul.
The decision sparked a great deal of protestation from the Dagenham &
Redbridge players and officials. The goal was awarded as a Tony Roberts