Benson's early strike enough for Daggers

A Paul Benson goal sees Daggers emerge 1-0 winners at Burton Albion

COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO

Burton Albion 0 Daggers 1

by MIKE SIMMONDS

A fourth minute goal from Paul Benson was enough for Daggers to pick up a fine victory at newly-promoted Burton Albion on Saturday.

Benson struck early on, nipping in to convert Scott Griffiths' cross, that had skimmed off the head of Jon Nurse.

Daggers were indebted to a fine penalty save by Tony Roberts on the stroke of half time, after Will Antwi had been adjudged to have fouled Shaun Harrad.

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It was Harrad who took the spot-kick, but the veteran Welshman blocked with his legs.

Benson came close again during the first half, while Josh Scott also drove wide after the interval.

The hosts were denied an equaliser late in the match in bizarre fashion, when substitute Greg Pearson went clear and slotted past Roberts, but the linesman flagged once the ball had gone in.

A draw might have been fair for Burton, but Daggers held on and kept their second place in the table.

Daggers: Tony Roberts, Scott Doe, Scott Griffiths, Mark Arber, Will Antwi, Danny Green, Peter Gain, Stuart Thurgood, Jon Nurse (Danny Spiller 81), Paul Benson, Josh Scott (Wes Thomas 78).

Booked: Thurgood.

Subs not used: Chris Lewington, Wes Thomas, Abu Ogogo, Graeme Montgomery, Tommy Tejan-Sie.

Burton Albion: Artur Krysiak, Paul Boertien, Michael Simpson, Tony James, John McGrath, Andy Corbett (Jacques Maghoma 66), Shaun Harrad (Darren Stride 63), Richard Walker, Robin Shroot (Greg Pearson 72), Ryan Austin, Guy Branston.

Booked: Maghoma.

Sent off: Branston.

Subs not used: Shane Redmond, Marc Goodfellow, Russell Penn, Jimmy Phillips.

Attendance: 2,689.

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