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Posted Thu 19 Jul 12 at 13:34 PM

Gillingham 1-2 Daggers

Gillingham 1-2 Daggers.

The Daggers made the short trip to Kent knowing that a fourth win in six games would go a long way in terms of guaranteeing League football for next season, and with a gritty performance they got exactly that.

John Still made two changes from Good Friday's 1-1 draw with Burton, John Akinde & Dominic Green dropped to the bench with Billy Bingham & Josh Parker stepping in. It was 4-3-3 for the Daggers with Brian Woodall once again the preferred option to lead the line.

Gillingham needed a positive result also as they chased a playoff position but a flat opening ten minutes did not reflect the vital nature of the match. Woodall shot into the side netting soon after, he was well placed after being found by an Elito through ball and probably should have hit the target from 20 yards.

The Daggers had a good spell following that effort but the Gills stood firm and started to grow into the match as an attacking force, Rowan Vine shot well over the bar from 25 yards and Chris Lewington had to be on his toes to keep out a powerful effort from Chris Whelpdale.

The first big chance of the game fell to the Gills as half-time approached, the usually calm Mathieu Baudry tried to overplay 35 yards out and was duly tackled by Jack Payne. Payne was now through on goal with Baudry trying his best to get back; Lewington came out and spread himself well to deny the midfielder. Baudry made contact with Payne and if he went down there could well have been a penalty given.

However the Daggers didn't reflect on this and went straight up the other end to grab the lead. Mickey Spillane released the on-rushing Abu Ogogo with a clever pass; Ogogo drove towards the byline before shooting hard and across Paulo Gazzaniga, he made the save but the ball rebounded out and Woodall held off his man to slam into the empty net and it remained 0-1 at half time.

The visitors started the 2nd half strongly and could and maybe should have made it 2-0 early on. Medy Elito continued his fine recent form with a great burst on the left, he cut the ball back to Josh Parker who connected well as he shot to the near post 8 yards out but Gazzaniga pulled off a fine stop to keep the Gills in the game.

The Gills fans were restless by now but out of nothing they got back level. A long hopeful ball forward saw Scott Doe & Baudry both go for the defensive header, they got in each-others way which allowed Rowan Vine to curl home from 18 yards. It was a fine finish but the chance came from nothing which is sure to disappoint John Still.

The home faithful was now right behind their team and the Daggers stood firm to ride out a spell of Gills pressure, Baudry with a few vital blocks. Dominic Green came on for Parker in the games 1st change and he was involved straight away. Elito carried the ball out of defence and slipped in Green who cut in on his favoured left foot and shot from twenty yards out, the ball took an unfortunate deflection and Gazzaniga made the save.

After the hosts made two changes Green was again involved, this time in devastating fashion. Picking the ball up on the right flank he jinked past two and cut in, twenty five yards out he took aim and fired past Gazzaniga, was a great goal from Green and will surely be a contender for goal of the season.

The Daggers now had 17 minutes left to hang on and despite the Gills throwing players forward they did indeed hang on, Chris Whelpdale fired wide from 10 yards in what was the hosts only real chance.

The win lifted the Daggers back to 19th in npower League Two and with 4 games to go Still's side are 9 points clear of safety.

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