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Posted Sun 15 Nov 09 at 10:56 AM

Daggers top of the league!

The Daggers went to the top of League 2 with a hard fought victory at that wrested top spot off Bournemouth on goal difference. The game on a rain-soaked Crown Ground was played only after match referee Carl Boyeson passed the pitch fit after two inspections. Mr Boyeson inspected three and a half hours and then an hour before the game before making his final decision. For the game manager John Still included new loanees Nanna Ofori-Twumasi, signed for a month from Premier leaders Chelsea and Adam Miller on a similar arrangement from Gillingham.

 Matt Lockwood was also fit after a week out with a badly bruised leg and played his second game at left-back. Jon Nurse switched to a more familiar forward role alongside Paul Benson, in preference to Wes Thomas who was on the bench, Nurse replacing the injured Josh Scott who sustained the injury in the heavy cup defeat at Huddersfield.

 In the second minute Paul Benson challenged home keeper Ian Dubavin and caught him as Dunbavin cleared. Benson was booked by Mr Boyeson as the Accrington keeper recovered after treatment. Nurse found himself clear but rather overhit his lofted cross intended for Benson or Peter Gain and the chance was lost. Tony Roberts raced off his line in 11 minutes to sweep the ball off Bobby Grant's foot as the Accrington man beat Daggers' offside trap. Benson had the game's best opening, as Daggers came forward , set up by Nurse, but Dunbavin blocked the effort with his body. A minute later the Daggers top scorer broke through again, but central defender Darren Kempson rescued Stanley with a fine tackle.

 In the next attack Scott Doe made a marvellous goalline clearance as Grant got around Roberts and rolled it towards goal, but the central defender got it off the line with the Stanley crowd preparing to herald a goal. Peter Gain got the better of Tom Lees and put over a fine cross to see Benson produce a diving header, but Dunbavin pulled off a great save catching it with both hands on the line. Symes set up a shooting chance for Accrington's John Miles that flew just wide, off the far post, while Nurse got over a cross from a seemingly impossible position, it hit an unsuspecting Benson, gently striking the post as it rolled out of play. Daggers took the lead in 39 minutes when a left-wing corner by Danny Green found Mark ARBER on the back post and his diving header beat the packed Stanley defence to find the net.

 Half-time Accrington 0, Dagenham & R 1 A Doe slip let in Symes in 49 minutes who cut it back for Grant to shoot goalward only for Roberts to make an outstanding save, when Jimmy Ryan lashed in the rebound effort, Doe made up for his initial slip to make another excellent goalline clearance - his second of the game. Stanley made the first change of the game when Sean McConville was introduced for Jimmy Ryan. The outstanding Doe was booked for pulling back Miles who tricked him in the middle of the park.

 Wes Thomas was brought on midway through the half for debutant Adam Miller. The Lancs side made a second change 10 minutes from time when Gary King replaced Miles. Daggers on the back foot for most of the second-half defended manfully throughout and restricted Stanley to just a few chances. The victory gave Daggers their first success over Accrington since 2004, Stanley having proved something of a bogey team to John Still side's ambitions. Att: 1,538 D&R: 1. Tony Roberts, 3. Nana Ofori-Twumasi, 4. Scott Doe, 6. Mark Arber - capt, 7. Danny Green, 8. Stuart Thurgood, 9. Jon Nurse, 14. Paul Benson, 21. Matthew Lockwood, 29. Adam Miller (16. Wesley Thomas 69 mins), 33. Peter Gain. Unused subs: 30. Chris Lewington (GK), 18. Steven Demetriou, 22. Graeme Montgomery, 24. Billy Bingham, 26. Tommy Tejan-Sie, 35. Harlee Dean.

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