The long wait’s over for Scott!

SCOTT GRIFFITHS was smiling like a Cheshire cat after his thunderbolt against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night ended his three-and-a-half year goal drought, writes MATT DINER. The talented Daggers full back smacked home the third goal as Dagenham & Redbridge destroyed the S

SCOTT GRIFFITHS was smiling like a Cheshire cat after his thunderbolt against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night ended his three-and-a-half year goal drought, writes MATT DINER.

The talented Daggers full back smacked home the third goal as Dagenham & Redbridge destroyed the Shrews 5-0.

He had not scored since finding the net in a Conference match against Altrincham at Victoria Road in April 2006 and before that had only scored twice in a career that has seen him make 222 appearances in the red of Dagenham.

Delighted

On that day, the Essex side were defeated 4-2, so he was delighted to find the net under happier circumstances.

"It was very enjoyable and it was a great feeling I have to admit," Griffiths smiled.

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The home side were already two goals to the good when he surged forward from the left hand side and when the Shrewsbury defenders continued to back off, he let fly with an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out which flew into the corner of the net.

"I practice them in training when I'm allowed to get involved," he laughed.

"I scored against Orient the other week and I thought I'd follow through with a goal tonight."

The 23-year-old clearly has the taste for goals now and is more than keen to find the net on a more regular basis.

"It will be nice if I can grab a few this season," he said.

"I'm loving the opportunity to get forward more. Playing with Gainy (Peter Gain) is really good for me. He is a really good player, he lets me go forward more than I was allowed to last season and I'm trying to become more of an attacking player anyway.

"It's good playing with him because he is not a natural winger, which, in a way, helps me out. He tucks inside and allows me to overlap."

Griffiths was keen to praise the whole team, not just Gain, after that crushing win, which has seen them leap to the top of League Two.

Deserved

"It was a good bit of football from us, we worked hard and I think we deserved what we got from the game," he said.

"We're all working on our shape and sharpness, we are stronger as a team this season and you could see today that it is really working for us.

"Stilly (John Still) has a great eye for young talent and he has brought most of the young players here from non-league and made them into good players.

"Danny Green is an example of this. He has come in and scored two goals last week and played very well so far, so long may that continue."

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