The Daggers ended the club record five game losing streak with a convincing win
over Halifax Town on Saturday at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium coming from behind
twice to beat the Shaymen.
shuffled his pack again for this one. In came Paul Bruce and Craig Mackail smith
on the flanks after their decent showing as substitutes on Tuesday night. Lee
Flynn moved back to left back while Mark Janney and Shane Blackett moved to the
The Daggers started well and were on top for the first fifteen minutes or so
but slowly the visitors got into their stride and got on top. On 26 minutes
Halifax looked to have taken the lead when Paul Stoneman headed home a Jason Blunt
corner but the referee decided that there had been a push and disallowed it.
It looked only a matter of time at that stage of the match though and sure
enough the Shaymen did open the scoring just after the half hour mark. The
Daggers had not learned the lesson and another Blunt corner brought another header from Stoneman
and although Alex O’Reilly saved Lewis Killeen was on hand to score the rebound.
The Daggers regrouped after that and the rest of the half went by without too
much incident with little to hint of the sort of second half that was in store.
got themselves level just four minutes into the second half and again it was a
corner that did the damage. Glen Southam's (left) kick found Lee Goodwin at the far
post and although the header was blocked the ball fell straight to Tony Boot who
smashed home his first competitive goal for the club.
It looked like the Daggers recent run of poor luck was continuing when Halifax
got back in front just four minutes after that, another deflected shot spinning
off Lee Goodwin and past O'Reilly, Killeen happy to claim his second of the
Daggers were not to be denied this time though and responded again on 55
minutes. Chris Moore got away up the Daggers left and his low cross was
met by Craig Mackail-Smith coming in from the right who finished with a firm low
shot past Ian Dunbavin.
The Daggers were now firmly on top and it looked like a matter of time,
Mackail-Smith running Halifax ragged up the right, at one point leaving his
marker on his backside as he twisted and turned him, thoroughly deserving his
sponsors man of the match award.
Bruce and Chris Moore linked up well on the left and Tony Boot, reminding the
locals of an early Paul Cobb, always a threat. In central midfield Glen Southam
was full of invention and energy and Jake Leberl (left) had by far his most
effective game for the club so far.
The Daggers finally took a deserved lead in the 69th minute and the goal was
a beauty. Tony Boot buzzed around the box causing confusion in the Halifax
defence and when he slipped the ball to Paul Bruce on the edge of the area he
had time to control, pick his spot and smash the ball past Dunbavin who could
only admire it.
made way for Mark Janney shortly after this, applauded off for his efforts.
Janney moved on to the left, which being kind is hardly his natural position.
For an uneasy few minutes the Daggers left flank looked bare until John Still
brought on Danny Hill (right) for Mackail-Smith, swapping Janners onto his more
accustomed right wing and steadying the ship.
With the Shaymen committed forward looking for an equaliser the Daggers
finally made the game safe deep into injury time. Glen Southam put Chris Moore
away up the left and he ran into the area only to see his shot well saved by
Dunbavin. Once again though, there was Tony Boot on hand to sniff up the rebound
put the game to bed.
encouraging day for the Daggers then with the front six all looking good against
a team who up to that point had been going pretty well in the Conference. The
side look less convincing at the back although Anwar Uddin (left) had a steady
game, but with Tony Roberts now back from suspension, and options in Shane
Blackett, Warren Barton, Charlie Griffiths and Ashley Vickers, John Still has
tinkering room to improve that.
At the end the Daggers were applauded off the pitch by a disappointingly
small crowd, but more performances like this will encourage the floaters back