The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

YEOVIL TOWN took a big step to­wards League Two sur­vival as they bat­tled to vic­tory over base­ment side Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

A se­cond-half goal from Bran­don Good­ship lifted the Glovers three points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and left the Dag­gers eight points from safety at the bot­tom.

Good­ship, on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth, scored his first Yeovil goal to set­tle an at­tri­tional game that car­ried huge im­por­tance for both teams.

The vis­i­tors also had to over­come a sick­ness bug which swept through their squad and saw Fran­cois Zoko and Liam Walsh ruled out of the game.

Man­ager Dar­ren Way said: “I told the play­ers that it would be a bat­tle out there and they dealt with ev­ery­thing that Da­gen­ham could throw at us. I was proud of the play­ers and the way they per­formed.

“Bran­don took his goal re­ally well and it was a re­ward for the hard work he does for us in that wide po­si­tion, which is not where he is used to play­ing.

“We had ill­ness in the squad. Some weren’t able to play and had to drop out and there were one or two who bat­tled through it.

“I didn’t want to make too much of it be­cause I didn’t want any neg­a­tive thoughts com­ing into the game, but we’ve man­aged to achieve a fan­tas­tic re­sult de­spite ev­ery­thing else that was go­ing on.”

Da­gen­ham have still not won a league game at home this sea­son, with their last suc­cess at Vic­to­ria Road com­ing back in April. Af­ter they slipped closer to rel­e­ga­tion back to the Na­tional League, boss John Still ad­mit­ted they were pay­ing the price for a lack of goal threat.

He said: “When I came here the home record was pointed out to me and we’ve got to look at the chances we are sup­ply­ing to our strik­ers. “You can have the best strik­ers in the world but you have got to give them that sup­ply and it just isn’t hap­pen­ing.

“We never re­ally tested their goal­keeper and we are un­able to cre­ate chances on a con­sis­tent ba­sis which is re­ally frus­trat­ing.

“The fans can see what is hap­pen­ing but all we can do is keep work­ing hard and keep try­ing to im­prove the squad.

“To do that the fi­nances have to be right and we also have to be able to find the right play­ers. Clubs don’t want to let goalscor­ers go but we’ll keep look­ing.”

Good­ship forced a good early save from home goal­keeper Liam O’Brien as Yeovil started brightly.

But Da­gen­ham ended the first half on top as Oliver Hawkins saw his shot saved by Ar­tur Krysiak be­fore Joss Labadie sent a pow­er­ful ef­fort just over the cross­bar.

The Glovers went ahead on 50 min­utes when Tahvon Camp­bell set up Good­ship to send a low shot past O’Brien from 12 yards.

Da­gen­ham sent on strik­ers Jamie Cure­ton and Chris­tian Doidge as they searched for an equaliser.

But the home side failed to se­ri­ously trou­ble Krysiak, and Yeovil held on for a cru­cial vic­tory in their quest for sur­vival.


BRAN’S THE MAN: Bran­don Good­ship, right, gets a hug af­ter scor­ing IN­SET: Oliver Mul­doon lets fly for Da­gen­ham, left, while Dar­ren Ward cel­e­brates at the fi­nal whis­tle STAR MAN



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