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Posted Sat 12 Sep 09 at 19:32 PM

Daggers make it four home wins

Will Antwi scored his first goal for the club while Paul Benson notched one of his best in a Dagenham and Redbridge shirt as the Daggers secured another three points at the expense of Chesterfield.

John Still, who celebrated receiving the manager of the month award for August, decided to stick with the same team that battled to a draw at Cheltenham. That meant new signing Danny Spiller had to settle for a spot on the bench.

It could have been one each inside the opening couple minutes.

The Daggers could have scored the first. A long throw was nodded on inside the penalty area by Benson. Josh Scott reached out and volleyed the ball past his shoulder. It beat Tommy Lee but clipped the post.

Chesterfield survived that scare and almost immediately afterwards scored themselves. Captain Ian Breckin headed a corner that was clawed in mid air by Tony Roberts.

The visitors could certainly point to having the better chances in the opening fifteen minutes. A smart counter-attack saw Jamie Lowry feed Wade Small inside the area. The striker needed a better finish than his blast over the goal.

Jack Lester was also looking dangerous and a sharp turn and shot forced a save from Roberts. Last seasons top scorer also sprung the Daggers offside trap and would have had a shot on goal if it wasn't for a super last ditch tackle from Scott Doe.

The tackle may well have spurred on the home team. Scott fired a free-kick through the Chesterfield wall only for Lee to make a save. The keeper also had to stop an effort from Scott Griffiths after he was found by Green.

The Daggers benefited from the momentum as they took the lead after 25 minutes. It came from a deep corner that was headed across goal by Benson. Lee didn't come out to claim and Antwi leapt highest of all to head the ball over former Macclesfield man and into the back of the net.

The home side kept on going forward. Jon Nurse powered down the left and fed a low cross towards Green who couldn't keep his shot down. Stuart Thurgood meanwhile teed up an effort from distance that he dragged wide of Lee's post

Scott meanwhile was making a nuisance of himself up front and earned a free-kick. That was taken by Green who forced Lee into making a low save at his far post.

Chesterfield however were still a threat in what remained a competitive first half. Nurse cleared a dangerous low cross from Derek Niven before they created an opportunity that John Sheridan must have felt his side should have taken.

Lester turned Antwi and passed towards Lowry inside the box. Lowry however skewed his effort wide when he looked like he was about to score.

The Daggers came out at the start of the second half looking the hungrier of the two teams. Peter Gain hit over a cross that Benson headed wide.

Benson was to do a lot better with his next attempt. Kevin Austin made a bit of mess of his headed clearance and the ball looped in the air. Benson chested the ball down, and without hesitation smashed a volley over Lee and into the back of the net. It was a truly fabulous strike for Dagenham and Redbridge's leading scorer who now has seven for the season.

The goal looked to have shocked the visitors as the Daggers poured forward. A fine challenge from Robert Page prevented Nurse from getting on the end of a cross while a well struck Gain effort brought an equally good save from Lee.

The chances at this stage were all falling to the home side. Griffiths went on a rampaging run and flashed a shot across the face of goal.

Scott was also continuing to make his presence known to the visitors defence. A challenge with Austin saw the ball fall to Nurse. Nurse hit his left footed shot well but wide of the goal.

It looked like the Daggers were cruising their way to three points before an on loan Manchester City player made it a nervous last few minutes for Still's men.

It was Donal McDermott who picked up the ball on Chesterfield's left flank. He cut inside and drilled a left footed shot past a diving Roberts and into the back of the net.

The referee's decision to add four minutes of added time increased the tension and Chesterfield forced a corner with their last attack. Roberts however jumped highest to claim the ball and the Daggers secured their fourth home win of the season.

Att: 1,819 (215 Chesterfield)

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