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A Win is a Win
by Hardy on 18/10/2004

The Daggers get all three points with a win over Leigh thanks to two Craig Mackail-Smith goals.

Dagenham & Redbridge

Leigh RMI

Mackail-Smith 47
Mackail-Smith 75

Nationwide Conference
Glyn Hopkin Stadium
Saturday 16th October 2004
A win is a win
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.

The 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..

The 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 half time 

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.

If 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.

Tony 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 few months. 




1 Tony Roberts 
15 Anwar Uddin
2 Tim Cole 
3 Ashley Vickers 
16 Lee Flynn
7 Mark Janney
6 Jake Leberl
8 Glen Southam 
22 Paul Bruce
10 Craig Mackail-Smith
23 Chris Moore (off 45 mins)


27 Nick Bussey 
5 Shane Blackett 
11 Tony Boot (on 45 mins) 
14 Danny Hill
21 Jack Midson

30 Paul Crichton 
15 Andrew Roscoe 
5 Barry Miller 
6 Craig Gaunt 
28 Chris Robertson 
2 Chris Lane 
26 Gary Williams (off 31 mins)
3 Graham Hockless
4 Gareth Stoker (off 74 mins) 
7 Alex Meechan (off 87 mins) 
9 Karl Rose


24 Chris McGrath 
8 Gareth Holmes (on 31 mins)
12 Steve Smith (on 74 mins) 
18 Ricky Howarth 
25 Lee Shilton (on 87 mins) 

Referee: Mr B. Malone
Attendance: 1.157

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Craig Mackail-Smith

Two goals and a threat throughout

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