The Daggers sank to a second consecutive defeat for the first time this
season at Northwich.
The Northwich side lined up and applauded the Daggers out in a special moment
for the Champions, but from then on in proceeded to take the game to them,
demonstrating that they had much more to play for than the visitors. With the
home side in a decent run of form and this being both sides third game in five
days it was not a major surprise that the Champions ended up losing, and this
result sees Northwich safely to mid table.
Still put out what was pretty much a full first team for this one, the injured
Mark Arber replaced by Jake Leberl (right) and Sam Saunders on the bench, Paolo
Vernazza in central midfield and Glen Southam pushed wide right.
Despite that the Daggers failed to get a shot on target in the first half,
Strevens and Benson both having decent shooting opportunities but firing wide.
In contrast the Vics forced Tony Roberts into a number of saves, particularly
Keiran Charnock's header on 40 minutes.
The second half continued in much the same vein. Smart, Byrne and Roca all
went close before the Vics took a deserved lead just after the hour, the
illustriously named James Dean having a tap in to finish a cross from Richard
Strevens (left) finally had a shot on target for the visitors, his effort being
blocked on the line just before the Vics doubled their lead. This time it was
sub Paul Brayson who finished Michael Byrne's cross on 69 minutes.
The Daggers woke up a little after this, Paul Benson having a shot which was
straight at Phil Senior then Dave Rainford shooting wide when well placed but
the Vics held on for a well deserved and, in the end, pretty comfortable
The Daggers fans that travelled didn't care much though, once again singing and doing the Conga and the home fans applauded the Champions off at the end in another well received gesture.