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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.