Home V Dover
National League - Home V Dover
It was a cold and bitter Tuesday night in Essex that bitter taste was something neither side wanted to feel come the final whistle. The league leaders Dover travelled to promotion hopefuls Dagenham looking to hold on to top spot. It was the league leaders who got proceedings underway at Victoria Road however the hosts started liveliest, this included an effort from Ling going just fractionally shy of the crossbar. Pinnock’s long throw gave the Daggers a scare up the other end though as it led to a clear-cut chance being parried wide amazingly by Mark Cousins; preventing a certain goal. It became end to end stuff as Whitely’s commendable run and cross was half cleared leading to a Robson header, Walker was alert and just did enough, consequently tipping it over.
The home side were putting together some encouraging moves however their balls over the top to Ferrier were continuously being intercepted; they had to start getting it along the floor outplaying Dover. A big opportunity soon came to light for Dagenham as they won a corner, which Whitely took, but it was cleared at the near post straight back at him. On his second attempt he found Robson who missed from two yards out, but that was just the start of a dominant spell from Dagenham as quick distribution from Cousins saw Sam Ling’s cross get turned in by Ferrier! There was also an element of humour for the fans when the ball was attempted to be thrown back into play the steward was hit on the head amid heckling from the supporters.
Ling nearly made it two, but his effort was well parried behind by Walker who was hot on his heels. The Dover man Pinnock escaped without a booking after his handball prevented Ferrier from latching on to a great through ball. The Daggers were looking for a second before the end of the first forty-five however despite breaking through the table topper’s defence Cheek’s touch was just too heavy and Walker collected. The referee blew for the break after a half of dominance for the hosts despite a few scares from the Whites. The team whom were in the driving seat, Dagenham, got the second half underway however the trailing side came with the first spark as Pinnock’s effort was somehow pushed over by Cousins.
Following that chance earlier on a string of attempts followed for Dover as they started liveliest in the second half however consecutive low crosses by Ferrier followed in two separate attacks. From there on in Dagenham looked to add to their lead instead of just hanging onto their one goal lead. Pinnock aimed to jeopardize that plan however he was unsuccessful at this attempt as good keeping from Cousins saw him steal the ball from his feet. Ferrier won an opportunity to make it two as he won a free kick on the edge of the box, however Whitely’s low out swinging cross was well cleared by the visitors.
Dover had clawed themselves back into it and in patches looked on top; their real threat was Pinnock whose cross was just too deep as they looked for an equaliser. Whitely whipped in the corner and Doe tried to recreate his equaliser against Guiseley however this time he was not so successful. It was Whitely again who kept Walker on his toes as his effort was parried wide. The visitors began to lose their discipline as they conceded three consecutive fouls only one resulting in a booking. Nortei Nortey was determined to grind out a result as he continued to hurry the Dagenham defence however no goal came.
There was an injury scare for the hosts in the closing stages as Ferrier pulled up and went down injured. Bloomfield came on looking to seal it for Dagenham however he was caught offside when he found himself one on one with Walker. The referee blew his whistle just after Dover strike Nortey had the last hurrah as his effort went sky high. It was a great result from Dagenham’s point of view however very frustrating for the visitors who came to Victoria Road looking to extend their lead at the top.