Redbridge v Kidderminster Harriers
FA Cup 2nd Round
Saturday, December 1st, 2007, 3pm
By Ben Hudspith
I don't usually count watching
Kiddy at a league ground as counting towards the 92 but as this was
one of the longest trips possible I made a exception. The day started at
Aggbrough just after 10am when two packed out supporters coaches
started the long journey down to Essex, with most in a bouyant
mood thinking about who we would like to draw in round 3. After a
quick stop at Oxford services on the M40 we encountered no delays and
after negotiating the M25 easily enough the coach pulled in behind the
away stand just after 1:45pm.
We soon found ourself in the social
club which has two rather large sized rooms and for the 50p entry fee you
couldn't complain. After waiting what seemed a age to get served we
settled down to watch the game on the box which involved most Dagenham
supporters 1st team; West Ham at Chelsea. While this was going on a
programme seller came round and I purchased a copy of "the dagger" at the
bog standard £2.50 which had a lot to offer from articles on Kiddy to a
fans review of Dagenhams last away game and it made a interesting read.
The saying time flys couldn't be more apt as no sooner had we
brought a round of drinks we were heading into the ground with my advanced
paid ticket. My 1st impressions of the ground were that although both
end's behind the goal were uncovered (as I was to find later to my dismay)
it is a fairly neat and modern ground with the Carling stand along the
side of pitch looking impressive as well a fairly size covered terrace
running along the other touchline.
The game began dead on time
with Kiddy on top and took a deserved lead on 14 minutes when Mark
Crieghton powerfully headed home from 6 yards out. But that was as good as
it got from our point of view as we stopped playing and invited Dagenham
on to us and they took full advantage when Paul Benson struck from the
edge of the area so we went in at half time 1-1.
After a long
queue for food I brought a Hot Dog priced reasonably at £1.80 (not bad for
a league 2 side) As the 2nd half began so did the rain and the football we
we're playing did little to raise the spirits. Although it did look as we
were going to get a draw until the turning point of the game when Jon
bordem handled inside the area but amazingly the referee gave a free kick
out side the box. Dagenham took advantage of their "let off" to make us
pay when Ben Strevens stole in at the back post to stab home a 2nd goal
for the Essex boys. When the goal went in we knew it was game over but
Benson had the last say with a well individually taken goal which to
be fair flattered Dagenham because 2-1 was about right.
All in all
it was a poor day out given the result and the weather but it was nice to get one of the longest trips
done in my quest for the 92 and a nice friendly
ground to visit. If Dagenham were to cover both
end's behind the goal Victoria road would be up there with the best in
league 2 as its a modern ground. It was nice to read in the paper
the following day that John Still also thought that the "penalty"
was a spot kick. Not many mangers admit this kind of thing
these day's so it was nice to see.
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