Dagenham 4 Halifax Town 2

By Footymad Previewer
Last updated : 25 September 2004

Dagenham and Redbridge ended a five-match losing streak with a hard-fought victory over Halifax.

The Daggers started the brighter, stringing together some good passing, with Tony Boot, making only his third start of the season, looking particularly sharp.

An uninspiring first half saw the visitors take the lead in the 32nd minute as Lewis Killeen was on hand to force home the rebound after Matthew Doherty saw his close range header from a Jason Blunt corner saved by Alex O'Reilly.

Things livened up after the break. Just three minutes into the second half it was the Shaymen's turn to fall asleep at the back, and when a Glen Southam cross was not cleared, Tony Boot rifled home the equaliser from close range.

Then there were two goals in the space of two minutes as first the Daggers failed to clear a 52nd-minute corner and Lewis Killeen's shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection off Tim Cole and looped over O'Reilly to give the visitors the lead again.

Moments later, Chris Moore broke down the left and crossed for Craig Mackail-Smith to tap home at the far post. The Daggers took the lead for the first time in the 69th minute - the ball was laid back to Boot on the edge of the area and he passed to Paul Bruce who cracked an excellent shot past the keeper.

The points were secured three minutes into stoppage time when Moore beat Henry McStay and hit a low shot which was turned away, but Boot was there to tuck away the rebound and to secure the Daggers' first win in six games.

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