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Posted Sun 23 Aug 09 at 18:20 PM

Benno inspires the Daggers

The final day of last season was quickly forgotten as Dagenham and Redbridge smashed five past a bewildered Shrewsbury Town.

Paul Benson was the hero as he hit four of those goals but that shouldn't detract from a fine all round team performance from John Still's men who scored five for the second time in four days!

The two sides traded shots on goal in the opening minute. Firstly Jake Robinson shot high and wide, and that was immediately followed by a Benson effort that was fielded by Chris Neal.

Perhaps a little sign of what was to follow came when Stuart Thurgood volleyed over. In the Daggers next attack Will Antwi forced Neal to tip over his own crossbar.

Joss Labadie struck a free-kick for the visitors through the home wall but wide of Tony Roberts's goal.

The fun and games for Dagenham and Redbridge started on twenty minutes. The first goal came after Peter Gain looped over a fine cross that was begging for a striker to attack it. Benson duly obliged and headed his first of the evening.

High on confidence, Benson tried a very ambitious effort from distance that didn't trouble Neal. The striker didn't have to wait long for his second. Josh Scott burst clear on the left flank and pulled the ball across the face of goal where Benson was on hand to slide the ball home.

Mark Arber hit the stanchion with a shot while David Hibbert saw a header for Shrewsbury loop over.

The Daggers then found themselves three goals to the good courtesy of a special finish from Scott Griffiths. Gain laid the ball neatly in the full-back's path, and Griffiths walloped the ball from the edge of the area and watched as the ball thundered into the far corner of Neal's net.

Two minutes later it was four. Scott Doe hit a cross-field pass that found Danny Green on the left wing. Green whipped a lovely cross where Benson was positioned perfectly to head his hat-trick inside the first half.

Shrewsbury almost pulled one back before the break. Only a brilliant stop from Roberts at his near post stopped Robinson from scoring with a volley.

Scott came close to getting his name on the score sheet. A powerful run was followed by a powerful strike that forced Neal into pushing the ball wide.

John Still must have warned his side to avoid a repeat of the Torquay comeback on Saturday. The visitors, with Paul Simpson's words surely ringing in their ears, came out a better side after the break.

They very nearly pulled one back after a Kevin Langmead header was knocked on by Hibbert but Doe was in the right place to clear off the line.

Hibbert looked Shrewsbury's likeliest scorer. A stretching volley from the striker forced Roberts into making a save with his legs.

The Daggers cleared their lines and were able to put a good move together that nearly resulted in a fifth. Taiwo worked the ball out to Green who fizzed over a low cross that somehow missed a posse of attackers inside the Shrews penalty area.

Another silky Daggers move saw the roles reversed as Green found Taiwo. Taiwo couldn't quite curl the ball enough to trouble the keeper.

With twenty minutes, the Daggers did find their fifth. It was a pretty simple one. Gain sent over another perfect cross and Benson had all the time in the world to head yet another goal.

Taiwo almost capped another dominant performance with a superb strike. He chested the ball and fired a volley from outside the area that Neal tipped over.

Att: 1,683 (230 Shrewsbury)

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