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Daggers Shot Dead
by Hardy on 20/09/2004

The Daggers lose poorly, again, and end with ten men, again. Hardy reports.

Aldershot Town
4

Dagenham & Redbridge
0

Sills 12
Challinor 25
McLean 26
Crittenden 73

Sills missed pen 44

Vickers s/o 45

Moore missed pen 68

Nationwide Conference
The Rec
Saturday 18th September 2004
3:00pm
Daggers Shot Dead
The Daggers slump continued on Saturday as, predictably, Aldershot Town romped to a convincing win against a team bereft of confidence which once again ended the game with ten men, Ashley Vickers sent off for the second time this season already..

Tim Cole came straight back in after suspension, Shane Blackett making the drop to the bench as predicted. With Tony Roberts suspended though it was a surprise not to see Abi Baruwa in goal. Instead it was Alex O'Reilly who took the gloves, Abi rumoured to have stormed off when told he was not playing in this one.

Other changes saw Lee Flynn (left) back at left midfield, Danny Hill nowhere in sight, and Jack Midson in for Tony Boot who returned to warming the bench after having had virtually no service in the game against Accrington last week.

With three straight defeats and no goals in those games it was important for the Daggers to defend tight in this one and try to scrap a result out. Instead the game was over within 25 minutes as the Shots ran wild.

The first goal after just 12 minutes was symptomatic of the Daggers problems. The cross from the right from Adam Miller was a good one, but Tim Sill found himself unmarked and headed home from ten yards.

If the first goal showed some of the defensive problems, the second showed how the game can kick you in the teeth when you are down. In the 25th minute Tim Cole (rght) headed a corner clear only for Jon Challinor to hit a shot first time and a deflection saw the ball flash past O'Reilly who had no chance.

2-0 became 3-0 just 74 seconds later when the Daggers again left a forward unmarked in the box, this time Nick Crittenden's left wing cross headed in by Aaron McLean.

As bad as things were, it could have been worse in the 44th minute. Lee Goodwin was adjudged to have fouled Aaron McLean in the box but the penalty by Sills went wide.

As the half came to a close the Daggers were reduced to ten men for the fourth time in just eight league games this season. Once again it was one of the senior players and a loss off cool that caused the incident. Ashley Vickers and Aaron McLean clashed and Vickers raised his hands to push McLean away, making the referees decision to show the red card a formality.

The Daggers had a couple of first half chances, and once again it was only really Chris Moore that looked any kind of threat. As a result it was no real surprise that Craig Mackail-Smith (left) replaced Jack Midson at the half.

The change did have an effect and on the hour the Daggers could have pulled one back when CMS got on the end of a Mark Janney cross only for the ever reliable Nikki Bull to save. They had an even better chance to score after 68 minutes when CMS was brought down by Bull in the area. Chris Moore's penalty was well saved though as the Daggers bad luck continued.

The Shots made it four on 73 minutes when ex-Yeovil man Nick Crittenden applied the finishing touch to Adam Millers cross. Substitute Roscoe D'Sane could have made it even worse late on but missed the target after a great move again opened up the Daggers defence.

In the end it was some relief when the referee blew to end the game.

Vickers second red of the season means he will now be suspended for the next four games. He will be eligible for a return at the home game against Hereford United on the 5th of October.

The Daggers have now lost four in a row while leaking 14 goals and scoring none. The run of defeats equals the Daggers worst ever and with a tricky game away at Gravesend & Northfleet to come on Tuesday evening, without Roberts and Vickers, very few would bet on that record being beaten now.

Teams


ALDERSHOT TOWN


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

1 Nikki Bull 
2 Philip Warner 
4 Hugh McAuley 
5 Ray Warburton (off 82 mins) 
6 Chris Giles 
7 Adam Miller (off 78 mins)
8 Jon Challinor 
9 Tim Sills
11 Aaron McLean (off 76 mins)
20 Nick Crittenden 
16 Darren Barnard 

Substitutes

22 Richard Barnard 
3 Brett Johnson 
10 Roscoe D'Sane (on 76 mins) 
14 Will Antwi (on 82 mins)
15 Tyrone Smith (on 78 mins)

31 Alex O'Reilly
4 Lee Goodwin
2 Tim Cole
15 Anwar Uddin
3 Ashley Vickers
7 Mark Janney
6 Jake Leberl
8 Glen Southam
16 Lee Flynn
21 Jack Midson (off 45 mins)
23 Chris Moore

Substitutes

5 Shane Blackett
10 Craig Mackail-Smith (on 45 mins)
11 Tony Boot
12 Scott Griffiths
30 Warren Barton

Referee: Mr D Phillips
Attendance: 2,748

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