Daggers 1 Gillingham 2 FULL TIME

Heartbreak for Daggers as Dennis Oli nets late on to give Gillingham victory

FULL TIME Daggers beaten here although they came close in a rousing finale as Montgomery and Arber both had chances.

Generous reception from both sets of fans for a hardfought affair, but with Roberts limping off, it will be interesting to see how bad an injury that is.

The visitors definitely deserved something from todays game, but check the Recorder website tomorrow for further reaction.

Roberts was injured in the goal and Hogan comes on to make his league debut, while Montgomery has replaced Southam.

Can Daggers nick an equaliser!

GOALFLASH Dennis Oli sends a header into the net to seemingly win the game for the hosts.

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80MINS: Strevens somehow battled his way to deliver a cross that Benson headed at Royce, before there were huge shouts for a penalty when Magnus blocked Bentley's shot, but it looked dubious.

Barcham then incurred the home fans wrath for not shooting when well placed, as the action starts to hot up with full time looming.

Esteemed press officer Simon Newell writes: Tough match for the Daggers today but most times this season John Stills men always seem to come back from a goal down. Still time today to grab all three points.

I like the optimism!

70MINS: A momentary drinks break here as Jackson and Magnus receive treatment.

Before then, there has been little chance for either side, with the final ball from both sets of players disappointing today.

20 minutes to go though, and Daggers will be more the pleased with this result, but there is still time to get that all important winner!


60MINS: Chances at both ends here as McCammon has a shot blocked by Roberts, while Strevens also sees his shot pushed away.

You do sense the hosts fans getting frustrated at the moment, although a free kick in a dangerous position, could change all that... but it leads to nothing.


50MINS: Quiet start to the second half with McCammon sending a tame header at Roberts, while Saunders had his inswinging corner fisted away.

Crowd trying to crank up the noise now, but Strevens has his cross palmed clear as its Daggers who are looking dangerous going forward at the moment.


Crowd is in now too, 6,945 in attendance with 399 from Daggers, a decent turnout for the visitors.

Teams back out now, so it now remains to be seen with the visitors can break through again and take all three points today.

They have done well to weather the Gills early storm and get back on level terms, so what will the second half bring?

HALF TIME Daggers go in at the break on level terms with their hosts.

GOALFLASH Saunders levels the scores with a close range finish from Strevens cross shot.

35MINS: Two hilarious moments here when first McCammon ran about 30 yards with the ball before it bobbled away from his already pretty dubious control and then Jackson tripped himself up trying to produce a throughball.

Jackson did show a better side a moment ago, setting up Lewis for a shot that was well saved by Roberts, whose kicking is not at its best today, with another effort being shanked into touch.


25MINS: Definitely evening up here and Daggers again had a chance when Royce kicked the ball at Benson again, but this time it cannoned back into his arms.

Roberts had to do very well to prevent Jackson rounding him, but apart from that, there isnt a great deal of goalmouth action to report about Im afraid.


15MINS: Daggers should be level here, no doubt about it.

A clearance from Royce was blocked by Benson, admittedly with his hand, but from 30 yards with an open goal, he saw his shot bounce wide.

Gills fans were none too happy with the decision, but Daggers leading scorer would have backed himself to score from there.

At least Daggers are crossing the halfway line now, and there is hope they can overturn this early deficit.



McCammon gives Gills the lead, firing home after Roberts saved Nutter's long range effort.

5MINS: Very lively start for the home side here it must be said.

They have pace to burn with both Barcham and Jackson giving the Daggers defenve problems already and there have been some desperate blocks going in.

Cracking atmosphere here too with the Gills fans certainly doing their bit, while the away faithful are having to do their utmost to be heard, though having no roof certainly doesnt help.


And we're underway here.

Team news

Hello and welcome to Priestfield for Daggers clash with fellow promotion chasers Gillingham.

Daggers have named an unchanged squad for the match, meaning that both Paul Benson and Peter Gain start their second game in succession.

Although defeat wouldnt be the end of the world, you get the feeling tghat Daggers really need to win this game to really push forward for the play-offs, especially with matches against Bradford and Brentford coming up.

Daggers: Tony Roberts, Danny Foster, Scott Griffiths, Mark Arber, Magnus Okuonghae, Sam Saunders, Glen Southam, Peter Gain, Matt Ritchie, Paul Benson, Ben Strevens.

Subs: Dave Hogan, Scott Doe, Anwar Uddin, Graeme Montgomery, Jamie Guy.

Gillingham: Simon Royce, Barry Fuller, John Nutter, Stuart Lewis, Simon King, Garry Richards, Simeon Jackson, Josh Wright, Curtis Weston, Mark McCammon, Andrew Barcham.

Subs: Mark Bentley, Nicky Southall, Adam Miller, Dennis Oli, Alan Julian.

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