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Dagenham 3 Harriers 0

Date: 22-04-06 Venue: Glyn Hopkin Stadium att: 1038 away fans: ?
One sided game ends in defeat
The Harriers finished their away programme for this season at Dagenham with yet another awful display as they went down 3-0 to Dagenham.    A scoreline that Dagenham took into the half-time break with them.

The second half was no better for us and we even conspired to miss a penalty, taken by Jon Newby, that hit the post and bounced back into the hands of the keeper.    Gareth Sheldon had our only other chance of a goal in the game and it's obvious that half this team are not fighting for a new contract and don't want to play for us next season.

Johnny Mullins and Michael Blackwood both came back into the side after missing the two previous games through suspension.    Jonny Harkness didn't even make the squad cut.    Lee Thompson was the one to make way for Blackwood and Simon Russell returned to the bench from his recent injury.

Dagenham suffered a setback within the opening few minutes of the game when their skipper, Tim Cole, twisted his ankle and could take no further part in the game but it didn't stop them taking the lead on the half hour mark when Sam Saunders sent in a speculative volley that came off Daryl Burgess on the way in and left Danny Lewis unable to reach it.

In the remaining fifteen minutes Craig Mackail-Smith rattled in two more goals to seal the points for the Daggers.    For the first one Paul Benson broke clear to cross the ball from the left for Mackail-Smith to slide the ball home from close range and the second goal came just three minutes after when Chris Moore was the provider this time with another cross for Mackail-Smith to score his second goal of the afternoon.
HT: 3 - 0
At the start of the second half Mark Yates made some changes to the side with the replacement of Simon Rea by Lee Thompson and Jon Newby on for Jake Sedgemore.    With the more attack minded side came the risk of a more exposed midfield and defence but Dagenham seemed happy with their goals and didn't pressurise us too much.

Even with the extra freedom that came our way through the changes we could still only muster one real shot on goal through Sheldon when he attempted a shot from the edge of the area that the Dagenham keeper, Roberts, stopped easily enough.

Soon after came the penalty, awarded for the bringing down of Michael Blackwood, that was messed up completely by the on loan Jon Newby.    His shot was weak, and poorly placed, giving the Daggers keeper no problem in stopping.

Later on Simon Russell came on for the tiring Luke Reynolds and the game trickled out to another defeat for us.    With the Champions, Accrington, due at Aggborough for the final game of the season next week let's hope that we can end the season with something better than this.
FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Dagenham: Saunders 34, Mackail-Smith 43, 45.

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Dagenham  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Roberts     Lewis  
Foster     Mullins  
Cole     Sedgemore  
Blackett     Penn  
Griffiths     Rea  
Saunders     Burgess  
Southam     Fleming  
Clark     Hurren  
Mackail-Smith     Reynolds  
Moore gif   Sheldon  
Benson     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Hogan     Danby  
Vickers     Thompson  
Akurang     Russell  
Batt     Walker  
Lettejallon     Newby  

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