An epic encounter very similar to the one of 5 years ago. On that day we triumphed over Daggers 3-1 who were then leading the division.
Today we won thanks to a mixture of grit, determination, skill and real team spirit.
Daggers had the first chance after a few minutes when Chris Moore rounded Danny but his effort was cleared off the line. We then scored two goals in quick succession. Greggors volleyed home after a scramble in the area and then after a superb Jon Keeling cross, Greg Pearson saw his header saved. The rebound fell kindly to Ollie to smash home with glee. All this after 8 minutes!!
Dagger started though to get into gear. Dave Theobald smashed an effort just wide but Chris Moore was starting to look a real threat. A great cross from him was side footed wide by Mackail Smith and thern he skinned Dave Mcghee to put in a decent cross that Danny read superbly to gather.
Despite Daggers' pressure we defended well although rather desperately at times and we did get the ball in the net again but it was dissallowed for offside.
We reached half time with the score at 2-0 but most of us expected a real Daggers onslaught in the second half.
It didn't come and suddenly we started picking up all the loose balls and began dominating play. Dave Theobald should have scored heading wide from a Keeling free kick. Greg Pearson was starting to cause havoc with his pace and strength and suddenly we were winning corners and free kicks in decent positions.
The third goal eventually came and what a goal it was. Greggors sent a superb flick out to Duffers overlapping on the left. As he cut in we all expected him to shoot but he laid the ball back to Midgley who calmly stroked the ball home. It sent the Yellow Army into raptures and I immediately broke my New Year's resolution of to stop swearing at football matches as the air was littered with "fcking brilliant goal!"
It seemed all over at 3-0 up. Jon Keeling burst through but Lee Goodwin made a great tackle injuring himself in the process. Ollie had a free kick saved as we threatened to run riot but the introduction of Mark Janney seemed to inject some urgency into Daggers play.
They still looked a threat and when with 13 minutes to go a shot from outside the box took a cruel deflection off Dom Sterling and into the net there were a few worried faces.
That turned to sheer panic when Jake Leberl headed home 90 seconds later for 3-2. The watch was going extremely slowly now!!!
Luckily we regained our composure. We won a corner that Dave Mcghee headed towards goal. The effort was blocked and in the scramble substitute Junior McDougald nudged the ball home.
The relief was audible and we played out the last 10 minutes on the break with the pace of Jonnie Keeling threatening to get a fifth.
A superb victory and very hard to pick out individuals. Greggors got match of the match and was excellent but for me Greg Pearson was outstanding. His strength and pace caused so many problems and he often won free kicks and corners just from his sheer physical precense.
Ollie was superb in midfield, as was Keeling and Sedgy. Dave Theobald was strong at the back and Dom came back in and did well. I felt Macca got done on some occasions but he got away with it.
A much needed three points and now the next couple of games seem winnable!!