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Dagenham 1 Harriers 3

Date: 21-10-06 Venue: Glyn Hopkin Stadium att: 1874 away fans: ?
Second half rally gives us a win at Dagenham
The Harriers scored three goals away from home today against a lack lustre Dagenham side that are going well at second place in the table.    Our previous best goal tally was at Southport in January when we won by four goals to one.

This result still doesn't see us move up the table but it does give us a bit more breathing space as we start to edge away from the clubs at the bottom.    It won't be until we start putting these kind of results together on a regular basis that we start to move nearer the leading pack.

Today Mark Yates, the Harriers manager, kept with the same team that lost at Aldershot last week so it looks like he has now found his preferred line-up.    The only problem is that this line-up contains too many loanees to be a long term option and with a FA Cup game next week this team may find itself decimated as clubs deny the possibility of their property getting them selves cup tied.

I would find it hard to believe that Christie and Reid will be allowed to appear against Droylsden but Nelthorpe probably will.    Paul Bignot is suspended so he won't come into the equation.

Back to today and we didn't get the best of starts with another early goal going against us but we managed to contain the Daggers for the remainder of the half and go on to win it with a glorious performance in the second period.    The early goal came courtesy of Craig MacKail-Smith when he managed to side step a challenge from Mark Creighton and slot the ball under the advancing Scott Bevan.    Creighton couldn't do much about it really because if he had bought MacKail-Smith down then, being the last man, he would have found himself going off for an early bath.

Dagenham had another chance to add to their score a few minutes later but Sam Saunders free-kick was pushed around the post by an alert Bevan in the Harriers goal.

The remainder of the half belonged to the away side as they pushed for an equaliser that wouldn't come despite the best efforts of Iyseden Christie and Reuben Reid.
HT: 1 - 0
Dagenham started the second half with a major change to their line-up as they tried to change things around a bit.    Off went Saunders and Foster to be replaced with Akurang and Leberl giving them a more defensive look.

It didn't work though because the Harriers were straight into the attack with Craig Nelthorpe pulling a shot wide before Gavin Hurren had a shot blocked on the line by Akurang.    The ball rebounded out to Simon Russell to fire in but this shot was well saved by the Dagenham keeper, Tony Roberts.

It was that man Russell who was to get the first goal for us on fifty minutes when he buried the ball from close range after Christie supplied him with the ball.    Gavin Hurren had another chance cleared off the line again as we went all out for a leading goal, a goal that was to come just minutes later.

Reuben Reid got that second goal with a shot that flew into the top of the goal following a pin point pass from Nelthorpe and Dagenham were a destroyed team.    They could do nothing more than soak up the relentless pressure that we were now beginning to impose on them and threw on their third, and final, substitute with the replacement of Sloma with Bruce.

With time now running down and the three points winging their way to Aggborough we turned the screw.    Mark Yates sent on Andy White for Reid and with his first touch of the ball he ran through the exposed Dagenham defence to crack the ball past the creaking Roberts for a fantastic away win against the Leagues highest scoring side.

This win sets us up nicely for a FA Cup game that looks easy on paper but could be a bit harder than anything that Dagenham could dish up today.    Droylsden will be well up for the game and I can't see us racking three goals up against them.
FT: 1 - 3

 Goal for Dagenham: Mackail-Smith 6
 Goals for Harriers: Russell 50, Reid 71, White 89

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Dagenham  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Roberts     Bevan  
Sloma     Sedgemore  
Griffiths     Blackwood  
Benson     Hurren  
Blackett     Creighton  
Uddin     Whitehead  
Saunders     Russell  
Southam     Penn  
Foster     Christie  
Mackail-Smith     Reid  
Rainford     Nelthorpe  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Hogan     S Taylor  
Leberl     White  
Akurang     Reynolds  
Lettejallow     McGrath  
Bruce     Smikle  

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Mr R East
Wiltshire





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