The Daggers bid
farewell to manager, Garry Hill (left) today with an extremely poor
performance demonstrating none of the fighting team spirit for which
Hill's teams have become known.
Following Hill's announcement of his intended resignation at
the end of the season, it seemed as though this was playing on the
squad's minds throughout the game.
visitors took advantage of the Daggers lacklustre performance and
nearly scored through Ben Surey early on but his long range shot
beat both Tony Roberts (right) and the post.
Roberts saved well from a Steve Perkins header in the 22nd minute
and the bar kept the scores level when James Pinnock latched onto
a poor clearance from Alan Kimble, firing in a shot from range and
against the woodwork.
the end of the half, Chris Piper (left) raced onto a great
through ball but, in an effort to chest the ball down, handled and
was shown a very harsh yellow card for his troubles.
The first half had been entirely dull and as predictable as end
of season encounters frequently are but the second half came to
life early on.
Lee Gledhill's cross was punched clear by Roberts in the 48th
minute but only as far as Roy Essandoh who made no mistake to slot
the ball into the unguarded net with the Daggers' keeper stranded.
Four minutes later and the Daggers found themselves down to ten
men. Chris Piper mistimed his challenge on Justin Skinner
and, where his first booking had been harsh, his second was justified
and he earned himself an early bath.
The visitors doubled their lead when Pinnock beat Roberts and
slotted home on 58 minutes.
seemed to spur the Daggers on a little and, for a while, they did
try to get themselves back into the game. However, save for
a committed performance from Mark Janney (right), none of the home
side were on top of their game and the Fleet defence coped easily
with anything the Daggers could muster.
With the Daggers in disarray, the third and fourth goals came
as no surprise. First Ben Walshe tapped home a Moussa Sidibe
cross with eight minutes remaining before blasting home from an
Essandoh backheel four minutes later.
So a downbeat end to Garry Hill's reign at Victoria Road. There's
much to look back on with pride, but this season is probably best