WITH FIRST-HALF MAS­TER­CLASS

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE -

ex­am­ple as he headed Still’s charges into a 17th-minute lead af­ter ris­ing high­est in the box to di­rect Whitely’s cor­ner past Sam John­son.

Seven min­utes later, it was 2-0 when the provider for the opener struck his eighth goal of the cam­paign, played in by the in­flu­en­tial Mor­gan Fer­rier.

And the three points were ef­fec­tively sealed on the stroke of half-time as Fer­rier beat the off-side trap be­fore cen­ter­ing for Garner to put past his own keeper.

The visi­tors im­proved af­ter the break and pulled one back through Brown when he headed home from in­side the box, but the Daggers re­mained in the as­cen­dancy and missed chances to reestab­lish the three-goal cush­ion late on through Chike Kandi on his first start for the club and sub­sti­tute Ma­son Bloom­field.

Hal­i­fax boss Billy Heath ad­mit­ted his side were sec­ond best through­out, con­ced­ing: “We looked off the pace against a top side who will be there or there­abouts come the end of the sea­son. We knew it would be dif­fi­cult back­ing up the Ori­ent game, but we never re­ally got on the front foot.

“We had a lit­tle spell of pres­sure, but the best team won.”

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