Sunday 13th November 2005

Daish: Shots' late winner was hard to take

It's probably safe to say that Tim Sills won't be on Gravesend & Northfleet boss Liam Daish's Christmas card list this year after rocking his side with an injury time winner - just like he did last season, reports The Non League Paper.

The Aldershot Town hitman followed up his late, late header against the Fleet last October with a carbon copy in the very same net, which put paid to a gutsy Gravesend fightback.

Sills climbed highest to head home Darren Barnard's 92nd minute free kick to the huge relief to the Recreation Ground, following another unconvincing display from the Shots.

Spare a thought for Fleet boss Daish, who saw his visitors battle back against all the odds, having played with ten men for over an hour following Lee Protheroe's sending off for handling on the line.

Daish admitted Sills' injury-time winner "ripped the guts out of him" after having watched his troops battle back with ten men.

Daish and his dug-out were furious with referee Rob Lee after the game, claiming that the free-kick that led to the winner should have never been.

He said: "The lads have worked tirelessly since going a man down.  We played some decent football and got back into the game.

"My keeper hasn't had a lot to do, and the lads were magnificent in taking the game to Aldershot.

"To come away and lose 3-2 to a last minute goal when it was never a foul for the resulting cross, is hard to take.  It's ripped the guts out of me but I can't fault the lads at all."

Daish, however, has no grips with Lee Protheroe's first half red card, adding: "If the ball's on its way into the net and the players' put his hand out then the letter of the law says he should be sent off."