The Daggers went down 2-1 at home last night to Grays Athletic to an 87th minute winner from the exotically named Stevland
Angus in front of the largest crowd of the season so far at the Glyn Hopkin
Still brought Ashley Vickers back into the starting line up at left back,
pushing Scott Griffiths up into midfield with Glen Southam (right) moving
central to partner Lee Goodwin. Ram Marwa dropped to the bench.
The first half became a game of kick and rush as both sides bypassed midfield
looking to get pacey forwards free as quickly as possible. It wasn't
particularly good to watch but the feeling throughout was that Grays were
looking the more likely to make it work.
Sure enough Grays made their superiority tell with a goal from Stuart Thurgood in the 37th minute
when Nutter's cross was knocked down to him in space to place a right footed
shot past Tony Roberts. They deserved the lead no doubt at all, but the home side had chances, particularly a clever flick header from Chris Moore that went just wide.
After what was likely to have been an "intense" half time chat with John Still the Daggers flew at Grays in the early stages of the first half and should have had a penalty for an obvious handball
even before Chris Moore got on the end of a scrappy piece of defending to a Lee Goodwin
(left) long throw to hammer the ball in for the equaliser on 48 minutes.
the Daggers celebrated the equaliser defender Jamie Stewart had to leave the
field with a cut sustained in a clash of heads with a team mate in the build up
to the goal. This brought Lee Matthews (right) into the game, deservedly
applauded by most of the Daggers fans but booed by a significant minority who
should be ashamed of themselves.
The game was nip and tuck from there on in, both sides looking for the win but Grays
definitely on top, breaking forward at every opportunity. The Daggers had to defend a series of corners and did so more and more
desperately with each.
Ashley Vickers renewed acquaintance with Aaron McLean late in the second
half, clattering him on the left touchline to remind him of meetings when McLean
was in an Aldershot shirt to earn a yellow that could well have been red. The
Grays winger had earlier viciously taken out Danny Foster after the whistle had
gone for another offence and could well have been off himself by that
84 minutes on the clock the Daggers won a free kick in a very promising position
and worked an opportunity for Anni Uddin (left) to hammer in a good shot which
was well saved by Nicky Eyre.
Even then it looked like there would be a winner one way or the other, and
sure enough it was Grays that found it, Angus sending the visiting fans wild at the death, predictably thrashing
the ball in the net after the Daggers failed to clear yet another corner.
The result sees the Daggers drop to 10th while Grays are now three points clear at the top.