Dagenham 3 Stevenage Borough 1

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Last updated : 14 August 2004

Dagenham came away with a 3-1 win against Stevenage thanks to two goal-keeping blunders from stand-in keeper Ritchie Hanlon.

Dagenham made the most of the early running in front of goal with Chris Moore posing a threat to the Boro defence. A mazey run saw Andy Woodman clear the ball away to safety after the Daggers front man made light work of his markers.

Lee Flynn almost put the Daggers ahead when his free-kick at the edge of the box found its way through the crowd and just missed the upright.

The start of the second half saw outfield player Ritchie Hanlon switch to goalkeeping and it wasn't long before he made his mark on the game.

A weak goal-kick fell to Justin Gregory and Moore put him under pressure. A backpass to Hanlon saw the stand-in clear once again only for the ball to ricochet off Moore and land in the back of the net.

There was to be another catastrophe when Hanlon bottled a challege with Glen Southam and the nippy midfielder sped in and hit the ball beyond Hanlon into an unguarded net.

Mark Janney needed no such help five minutes before the end as John Taylor worked the ball into the area and slipped it through to him to tap in a rare goal.

Anthony Elding grabbed a 90th minute consolation goal as he headed past Tony Roberts but there was to be no lucky comeback as the Daggers enjoyed the day's good fortune.

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