The Daggers ended
their spell in the Nationwide Conference today with a solid 2-1
victory over Gravesend & Northfleet at Victoria Road.
The hosts started the brighter, but it was the visitors who nearly
took the lead when, in the 15th minute, Sam Saunders (right) was
adjudged to have fouled Peter Hawkins in the area.
the resulting penalty, 'Fleet top scorer, Charlie Macdonald was
denied by a fine save from Tony Roberts (left).
Three minutes later, however, and the Daggers took the lead when
Ben Strevens slotted home from a Sam Sloma cross.
With 32 minutes on the clock, the visitors won a corner on the
left and Ross Smith rose above the Daggers defence to head powerfully
home to level the scores.
minutes later, however, the Daggers were back in front when Ben
Strevens (right) reacted quickest to flick home from a corner.
The second half was dominated by a series of dubious offside
decisions which continually interrupted the flow of the match.
Cole(left) was intruduced to the action in the 56th minute and was
coping well at the back until an injury to Conference top scorer,
Paul Benson forced Cole to play up front for the last 25 minutes
in what was almost his swansong for the Daggers.
There were to be no more goals, however, and the final whistle
brought applause from both sets of supporters for the Champions.
After the match, the Daggers were awarded their medals and the
Conference Trophy and paraded their prize around Victoria Road.
So the Daggers end their second spell in the Conference having
racked up 200 wins from their 466 games and head into the unknown
territory that is League 2 next season. It's going to be an