The Daggers won a wind effected game that will not live long in the memory at
the Glyn Hopkin Stadium on Saturday with a gusting gale blowing from the
Pondfield End effecting just about everything that the two teams tried
The Daggers stuck with the starting line up from the game at Farnborough for
this one, Dannys Hill and Shipp back from suspension but on the bench.
Woking playing with the wind first they had the best of the chances
in the first half but all too often the ball ran long off the pitch or through
to Tony Roberts (right). Stuart Noble had the two best early chances for the
Cards, a low shot saved by Tony Roberts got down well to hold his effort and
then a shot dragged wide when he was well placed.
The Daggers really just held on, waiting for their shot at playing with the
wind. As a result the early exchanges in the second half were similar to the
first, the Daggers on top now, but unable to work out the right strength and
direction of pass to unlock Woking.
game began to warm up into the last quarter though with Tim Cole clattering Luke Cornwall
and getting booked. Garry Hill had seen enough and replaced Chris Piper with
Danny Hill (left), making his 100th appearance for the Daggers and then pulled
the ineffective Leon Braithwaite off, replacing him with club top scorer Danny
moves worked as Hill started to pull the strings through the middle and Shipp
actually started having a pop at goal, immediately testing keeper Ashley Bayes with a long-range effort from 25
yards. Jimmy Jackson (right) also got the message forcing Bayes to get down well to hold his strike.
The pressure finally told when the Daggers grabbed the winner on 76 minutes.
From a corner on the Daggers left taken by Mark Janney, Tim Cole's goal bound header was cleared off the line
but the Woking defence were kept under pressure and when the ball was thrown in
again Danny Shipp was there to head home.
Woking tried to get back into the match but loan signing Mark Venus who was
Steady Eddie throughout made sure that there really was not much chance of the
Daggers letting the lead slip and the game ended with a narrow, but just about
deserved victory for the home side.