The Daggers found a way to lose again against struggling Northwich Victoria at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium going down
3-2 despite dominating most of the game and having most of the best chances.
John Still was forced into making changes with Tim Cole and Lee Flynn injured
and Glen Southam suspended. In came Scott Griffiths at left back for a debut,
Steve Clark starting wide left and Mark Janney back at right midfield. Paul
Bruce dropped in to the centre of midfield alongside Jake Leberl and Matt
Harrold started on the bench allowing Craig Mackail-Smith to slot in next to
Chris Moore up front.
The Vics started the better and carved a great opening after six minutes,
Mark Quayle getting in space for a free header that was directed too close to
Tony Roberts. Just two minutes later the Daggers let Quayle have space again and
this time he found the net from Danny Mayman's free kick.
setback finally woke the Daggers up and they steamed forwards, Steve Clark and
Chris Moore in particular looking dangerous. On 22 minutes they missed a sitter,
Chris Moore getting some space on the left hand side of the area and crossing to
Mark Janney coming in at the right hand post. Janney (right) met the ball three
yards out and just had to hit the target but the ball flew
Vics looked a decent side as they moved the ball around whenever they got the
chance to but the Daggers kept pressing them back. Mark Janney made some amends
for his miss in setting up the equaliser in six minutes before the half when he
burst in to the area and crossed to Chris Moore at the far post. Moore's header
was met by Paul Bruce (left) sliding in to make it 1-1.
Just two minutes later Ashley Vickers went close when he met a Mackail-Smith
corner at the far post but the ball was just over. Certainly the Daggers fans
half time tea tasted better for the 1-1 scoreline and all looked well for the
Mackail-Smith (right) should have put the Daggers ahead just four minutes into
the second half but he headed Mark Janney's corner just wide of the post.
The Daggers had not learnt their lesson though and let the Vics retake the
lead just after the hour. Again it was a Mayman cross and an unmarked Mark
Quayle that headed home after Scott Griffiths failed to clear, his only real
mistake of an extremely promising first team debut.
became 3-1 just three minutes later in something of a bizarre fashion when Danny
Mayman's cross from the Vics right to the far post deceived Tony Roberts (left)
and pinged back onto him and in.
The Daggers piled forward looking to get back into the game again and made it 3-2 in the 72nd minute when Chris Moore was fouled in the box,
referee McDermid pointing to the spot in one of the few decisions that he gave
the home team all day. Moore picked himself up and slammed home the penalty.
Still sent on Matt Harrold (right) shortly after this, playing three up looking
for another equaliser. Chris Moore had a shot just blocked as the Daggers
hammered at the Vics defence, then Steve Clark really should have scored, a
great running leaving him with just Connett to beat but the shot blazed over the
Paul Bruce had a header cleared off the line as the minutes ticked away, and
John Still sent on another forward in Tony Boot. The last chance fell to Mackail-Smith
but his attempted lob was just clawed away by Connett to give the visitors the
The result leaves the Daggers still 13th and results elsewhere mean they are still only seven points off the play off places even if their current form says they have no chance of getting there.
3rd to 12th are now covered by just three points in a hugely competitive race
for the play offs.