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Halifax Town Report
by Nelson on 18/04/2004

The Daggers end their 2003/04 home schedule with yet another defeat. Nelson reports.

Dagenham & Redbridge
0

Halifax Town
1

Midgley 45 pen

Nationwide Conference
The Glyn Hopkin Stadium
Saturday 17th April 2004
3:00pm
Another Home Defeat For Daggers
The Daggers yesterday lost their last home game of the season and their eighth home league match overall. In what was a very dour encounter, chances were at a premium and those that the home side did create were wasted.

Before the game, the new manager was revealed and John Still (left - (c)Allsport) took a bow in front of the modest home crowd. He cannot have been overly impressed with what he witnessed on the field as the Daggers again produced another awful performance.

The defeat was made worse by the fact that it was only the third time this season that Halifax have won away from home. 

The Daggers did start the match on the attack and within the first couple of minutes, should have taken the lead. A good cross from Mark Janney was met by Tony Perfect but his powerful shot was from a difficult angle and was straight at Mark Cartwright in the Shaymen's goal. The ball rebounded kindly to Leon Braithwaite (right) but as has been the case on several occasions this season, he was unable to finish the job and put the ball tamely into the possession of a defender when it would have been easier to have scored. 

Roberts then did well to parry a Lewis Killeen effort. 

Then came probably the most exciting incident in a dull match when Tarkan Mustafa (left) tried a snap shot from fully 30 yards. The shot flew over the Halifax back line but Cartwright did well to hold the ball and keep the scores level.

In the last minute of the first half, the visitors came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when Denny Ingram headed goalwards only to see Mark Janney clear the ball off the line.

Within moments, Halifax did take the lead through a spot kick. Tim Cole needlessly shoved Colin Little in the area and referee, Tony Conn, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Craig Midgley took the penalty but Tony Roberts (right) guessed right and saved brilliantly. Amazingly, the assistant referee felt that Roberts had encroached off his line and awarded a retake which Midgley duly despatched. 

The second half saw very few goalmouth incidents and even the introduction of three substitutes could not enliven the Daggers. 

The Daggers came closest with ten minutes remaining when Danny Shipp (left) tried his luck from roughly the penalty spot but was unable to keep his shot down and it flew over the crossbar.

With only one game of the season remaining, John Still will realise that he has his work cut out to turn this very lacklustre Dagenham and Redbridge side into a team that can compete with the best teams in this league. Certainly, one would imagine that the team that takes to the field for the first match of the 2004/05 Nationwide Conference season will have a very different look to it and several of the faces that are seen in the current team will no longer feature.

We live in interesting times.

Teams


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE


HALIFAX TOWN

1 Tony Roberts
2 Tim Cole
19 Tarkan Mustafa (off 72 mins)
3 Ashley Vickers
10 Tony Perfect
26 Alan Kimble
4 Lee Goodwin
7 Mark Janney
9 Danny Shipp
23 Chris Moore (off 83 mins)
15 Leon Braithwaite (off 62 mins)

Substitutes

16 Jimmy Jackson (on 83 mins)
11 Paul Bruce (on 62 mins)
27 Abiodun Baruwa
24 Tom Mc Gowen (on 72 mins)
14 Danny Hill

13 Mark Cartwright
29 Scott Lowe
2 Darren Hockenhull
12 Adam Quinn
5 Mark Monington
6 Denny Ingram
4 Steve Bushell
16 Colin Little
8 Craig Midgley
10 Lewis Killeen
25 John Allan

Substitutes

11 Val Owen
26 Peter Naylor
15 Michael Senior 
7 Ryan Mallon
22 Andy Farrell

Referee: Mr A Conn
Attendance: 1,344

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match


Tony Roberts

Unfairly Penalised - Otherwise Did Well


 

 

 

 

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