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.
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
The defeat was made worse by the fact that it was only the third time this
season that Halifax have won away from home.
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.
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.
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
The second half saw very few goalmouth incidents and even the introduction of
three substitutes could not enliven the Daggers.
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.