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Boro beaten as Daggers stretch lead
by Hardy on 20/03/2007

The Daggers beat Stevenage Borough 2-0 to move 12 points clear at the top of the Nationwide Conference.

Dagenham & Redbridge
2

Stevenage Borough
0

Strevens 76
Rainford 87

Nationwide Conference
Victoria Road
Tuesday 20th March 2007
7:45pm
Daggers Extend The Lead
The Daggers tonight moved to twelve points clear at the top of the Nationwide Conference thanks to a nervy 2-0 win over Play-Off hopefuls and FA Trophy finalists, Stevenage Borough.

John Still surprised the home fans with a very different line up for this one, with the Sams, Sloma and Saunders, on the bench and all three of the first choice front men in the starting team. This meant a 4-3-3 when attacking and a 4-5-1 without the ball and seemed maybe a defensive ploy with Jake Leberl playing a holding role in front of the back four.

Things started well for the home team, pressing Boro back in the early stages. Chris Moore (left) burst past the last defender, Fuller and was pulled back on the edge of the box when clearly through on goal. Mr East decided it was just a yellow though and the resulting free kick from Glen Southam struck the wall. A second free kick shortly after from Southam did force a save from Julian in the Boro goal but generally Glen disappointed with the dead ball on the night.

Paul Benson was flattened shortly after this by McMahon and looked shaken up for a while while Daggers looked on a little heart in mouth. It was Jon Boardman (right) though that was forced off after 24 minutes when he damaged ankle ligaments and could not continue. The re-shuffle that resulted, Paolo Vernazza coming on and Jake Leberl (left) dropping back to defence saw the Daggers lose the initiative and some bright passing football from Boro forced them back for much of the rest of the half.

As the break approached it looked like the visitors had to take the lead as the ball bounced around the Daggers area blocked and hacked off the line at least twice by Griffiths and Vernazza. It was with some relief that the Daggers trooped off for the half time cuppa and some wise words from John Still.

The second half was more comfortable for the home team, possibly due to some re-organisation with Ben Strevens pulled back more into midfield, and possibly due to Boro's extra time exertions in the FA Trophy at the weekend.

It was still far from plain sailing though as Stimson rang the changes looking for a spark in his team. The Daggers began to stretch the game more though,  Benson had a shot tipped over then Glen Southam just missed the top corner with a drive from distance. Just past the hour mark Dave Rainford hit a shot straight at Julian when found in space by Chris Moore.

The breakthrough eventually came on 76 minutes. A cross from the right from Dave Rainford found Glen Southam who stooped to head back across the goal to Ben Strevens (right) who thrashed home from 8 yards sending the home fans wild.

With two recent games drawn from 1-0 up the Daggers couldn't relax and went forward once again looking for a clincher. Benson's shot again was too close to Julian, then former Daggers triallist Paul Hakim forced a save out of Tony Roberts to emphasise the game was not won yet.

With three minutes left in normal time, Dave Rainford (left) sealed the win smashing home Paolo Vernazza's corner to great celebrations on and off the pitch. Rainford ran three quarters of the length of the pitch to be engulfed in Daggers and Stevenage decided to take the kick off but shot wide of Roberts empty net anyway before Mr East could call the play back.

The game was up for Boro then and time was played out without any real further dramas to gleeful noise from the sieve who advised the visiting fans where they could poke their Wembley FA Trophy final.

Twelve points clear with 24 to play for, the fat lady was definitely heard clearing her throat at Victoria Road. Oxford visit Halifax on Wednesday with nothing but a win needed to extend any semblance of a challenge.

Teams


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE


STEVENAGE BOROUGH

1 Tony Roberts (GK)
19 Danny Foster
12 Scott Griffiths
5 Jon Boardman (off 24 mins)
15 Anwar Uddin
6 Jake Leberl
8 Glen Southam
11 Dave Rainford
14 Paul Benson
18 Ben Strevens
23 Chris Moore

Substitutes

30 Nicky Eyre (GK)
3 Sam Sloma
7 Sam Saunders
10 Paolo Vernazza (on 24 mins)
24 Jon Wallis

1 Alan Julian (GK)
2 Barry Fuller
3 John Nutter
4 Luke Oliver
25 Ronnie Henry
9 Jon Nurse (off 60 mins)
11 Mitchell Cole
24 Daryl McMahon (off 62 mins)
26 Mark Beard
28 Mark Hughes
20 Steve Morison

Substitutes

16 Danny Potter (GK)
8 Paul Hakim (on 60 mins)
22 Craig Dobson (on 62 mins)
23 Dale Binns
27 Hasim Deen

Referee: R East
Attendance: 1,984

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match


Scott Griffiths
Blocked, chased and defended like his life depended on it


 

 

 

 

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