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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:46 PM

Bristol Rovers 1 - 0 Daggers

Sam Williams scored the only goal of the game, as the Daggers bounced back from last weekends defeat to record a 1-0 away victory against Bristol Rovers

Chris Lewington gave a heroic performance in the Daggers goal with numerous saves of high quality to deny Mark McGhee’s men. Sam Williams made them pay for their missed chances when he smashed home 20 minutes into the first half.

For his side’s trip to the Memorial Stadium, John Still proceeded to keep the same starting XI against a Bristol Rovers side who hadn’t won in four games prior to Saturday’s game.

The Daggers made a positive start and after enforcing a few errors into the Rovers side, Sam Williams tested ‘keeper Sam Walker from distance and Jake Reed headed over.

Only an incredible moment of brilliance from Chris Lewington at the other end prevented the visitors from falling behind. After the ball bobbled around in the box, Lewington prevented the Pirates from scoring three times with an inspired string of saves.

Almost immediately and against the run of play, the Daggers took the lead on 19 minutes. Abu Ogogo played in Matt Saunders down the right side; his precise cross was met with an emphatic volley from Sam Williams, who slammed his side ahead and gave them a half time lead.

The first chance of the second half went to the home side, but Fabian Broghammer’s far post header was again denied by Chris Lewington. Determined to keep a clean sheet, Lewington was again on hand moments as he pushed Tom Eaves’ drilled effort around the post.

The second period didn’t provide much of a spectacle for either set of fans with very little goalmouth action. While the Daggers took a more conservative approach, they will feel hard done by after not being awarded a 75thminute penalty when Medy Elito was tripped.

John Still’s men held on though and will delighted to leave with all three points and a clean sheet as they look to climb the league table.

Attendance: 4,874 (144 away)

Bristol Rovers: Walker (GK); Woodards, Branston, Kenneth (c) (Clucas, 82), Paterson, Norburn (Richards, 53), Parkes, Clarkson, Broghammer, Anyinsah (Riordan, 84), Eaves

Subs not used: Gough (GK), Smith, Brown, Santos

Daggers: Lewington (GK); Ogogo (c), Wilkinson, Doe, Ilesanmi; Howell, Saunders, Spillane, Elito (Caprice, 86); Williams, Reed (Woodall, 69)

Subs not used: Seabright (GK), Hoyte, Wakefield, Maher, Scott
Goalscorers: Williams, 19

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