Fri 05 Aug 16
at 07:53 AM
Daggers 3 Southport 0
It's far too early to get carried away but the Daggers produced a performance here that suggested that better times are on the way.
Chairman Dave Bennett used his programme notes to claim he wanted a smile back on the faces of supporters after the misery of relegation last season.
And John Still's new look team gave him what he wanted with a rousing, vibrant curtain raiser.
Fans had to wait until March last season for a home win. This one was never in any doubt. In fact they could won by a far bigger margin.
Apart from the three goals they missed a penalty, had another effort cleared off the line and forced overworked Southport keeper Tyrell Belford into some fine saves.
In comparison Daggers keeper Elliott Justham, making his debut, was never seriously tested. The home side ran the show virtually from first minute to last.
They went ahead in the 15th minute through man-of-the-match Fejiri Okenabirhie created by a wicked free kick from Jordan Maguire-Drew.
Goal number two arrived in the 24th minute. This time Luke Guttridge applied the finishing touch with a low cross shot following great work by man-of-the-match Fejiri Okenabirhie.
It should have been 3-0 when the Daggers won a penalty after Williams was brought down. But Maguire-Drew's spot shot was well saved by Belford.
The keeper also did well to keep out a free kick from the Brighton loanee as the Daggers continued to dominate.
But they struck again to seal a richly deserved victory, when Maguire-Drew was on the spot to finish from a great cross by Williams.