The Daggers today saw a player sent-off for the second match running and lost
their 100% record, only drawing 1-1 with Woking at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium.
as predicted, an unchanged team apart from the enforced absence of Ashley
Vickers, replaced by the impressive Shane Blackett the Daggers really never got
to grips with a strong physical Woking side throughout the 90 minutes.
started the better, raiding through Raphael Nade up the right with Foyewa
buzzing around in the box. The dominance never really created anything clear cut
though. Even so, it was something of a surprise when the Daggers took the lead through Chris Moore
(right) in the 24th minute.
Lee Flynnís pass set up Moore in space in the Woking area and he held off
the attentions of Neil Smith before coolly slotting home beyond Woking keeper
nearly made it two when his well struck free-kick was well saved by Basso and at
the other end Tony Roberts (left) kept the Daggers in front going in at the
break saving from Ian Selley from a similar distance.
The second half continued much as the first, with few real chances. Glen
Southam hit a long range shot that flew just wide of Bassoís right hand post
while Richards was about to hit a right footed shot in the penalty area only to
be denied by a magnificent last gasp tackle from Anwar Uddin.
incident that the game will best be remembered for came in the 68th minute when
both sides were then reduced to ten men. Tim Cole (right) and Luke Oliverís
became embroiled in a tangle that lead to fifteen-man fracas. After the referee
restored some element of control Cole saw a straight red for a head butt while
Oliver saw a second yellow and also therefore an early bath.
Not really a captain's example from Cole, who also lost it last season
against Accrington it will be recalled, and Cole will now miss the tough looking
games against Crawley, York and Accrington.
After readjustments were made, it was Woking that struck back with what was
probably a deserved equaliser in the 80th minute. Nade struck a fierce volley
against Roberts left hand post and the poorly named Steve Evans reacted quickest
to turn the rebound in.
Daggers chased the win with a late Conference debut for Tony Boot and almost
grabbed it when Glen Southam's (left) header went inches wide after the best
move of the game but no-one in the disappointing 1,512 crowd can really complain
about the game ending with a point each.
The result leaves the Daggers still top but only on goals scored from Barnet
who won 4-0 against Northwich Victoria.