The Daggers won this one with two goals from Craig Mackail-Smith to move up to
12th with exactly a third of the Conference season gone on what was a wicked day
at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium.
Daggers recalled Jake Leberl (right), Danny Foster making way and Anwar Uddin
moving to right back and were quickly in charge of the game. Ashley Vickers saw
his shot blocked ten Mackail-Smith and Chris Moore worked their way
through the Leigh backline but Mackail-Smith's shot was tipped over by Leigh
keeper Crichton, who had an inspired day..
Daggers continued to dominate and Chris Moore (left) had a great chance running
through on goal only to be denied by a fine low save by Crichton. After this it
was obvious Moore was struggling and he eventually made way for Tony Boot at
The Daggers thought they were ahead when Mackail-Smith headed home a Paul
Bruce corner on 38 minutes but it was ruled out for pushing. At the end of the
half Leigh showed that they carried a threat when Karl Rose rounded Tony Roberts
only to be tackled by Mackail-Smith who seemed everywhere at once at times.
the Daggers were frustrated not to be up at half time, it took just two minutes
for that frustration to be eased when Glen Southam (right) got a cross in from
the left and the inevitable Craig Mackail-Smith got ahead of Crichton for once
to head home.
The Daggers should have added another when Tony Boot had a shot from eight
yards that was deflected wide and Paul Bruce hammered in a shot that flew just
wide as well.
Leigh pulled themselves together though and started to present a real threat.
A low cross from Graham Hockless was met by Barry Miller stretching but the shot
pinged back off the crossbar with Roberts nowhere. Gareth Stoker also had a shot
that looked in all the way until it ended up just wide of Roberts’ goal.
The Daggers clearly needed a second to kill the game and it was that man
Mackail-Smith again that got it with a quarter of an hour left, once again
Southam getting the assist. This time Southam’s through ball released Mackail-Smith
and his pace and strength was too much for the Leigh defence and he finished
with style, side-footing the ball beyond Crichton.
Roberts (left) made sure of a first clean sheet in the closing minutes with two
great saves to deny Hockless and then Chris Robertson during added time.
So while the game was less than inspiring, the three points are most welcome.
The result leaves the Daggers amazingly just four points out of the play off
positions, but there will be much sterner tests than Leigh to come in the next