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Posted Sun 11 Oct 09 at 17:53 PM

Green and Scott fire the Daggers to seco

Dagenham and Redbridge moved to second place in Coca Cola League Two after a comfortable home victory over Darlington.

The Daggers were always on top during the first half against their struggling opponents. The early indications were there after Paul Benson volleyed over and then forced Russell Hoult into making a low save at his near post.

Danny Green seemed to find plenty of the ball during the early stages and it was his raking pass that allowed Peter Gain to strike at goal and force Hoult into another save.

It was perhaps no surprise that the right winger was heavily involved in the first goal. His enthusiasm won the ball in midfield before he passed low to Josh Scott. Scott returned the favour and Green found the bottom corner of the net with a first time strike.

A minute later and the Daggers found themselves two goals up. It was Scott this time who powered through the midfield before driving low into the same corner from twenty yards.

It was all rather straight forward from then on and the home side could have had more goals. Gain volleyed straight at the keeper before sweeping a cross for Scott, who couldn't quite keep his header down.

Darlington's one and only effort in the first half came through Gary Smith who dragged his half volley horribly wide. The visitors day got worse after new signing Noel Whelan limped off to be replaced by Curtis Main.

All the opportunities were coming in front of the new stand. Gain floated a shot wide while Danny Spiller and Scott exchanged passes inside the penalty area for the latter to curl a shot forcing Hoult into making a super one handed save.

Green hit another free-kick that on this occasion Will Antwi got on the end of. The former Wycombe man saw his glanced header bounce just wide.

The Daggers did get the ball into the back of the net for a third time. That however was ruled out with the referee's assistant adjudging Spiller to be offside after the midfielder had neatly lobbed Hoult.

That disallowed goal was Spiller's last involvement. Spiller pulled up holding his leg and John Still immediately took the decision to replace him with Tommy Tejan-Sie; the youngster given an opportunity to impress in midfield.

And Tejan-Sie certainly did impress and could have even had a goal. Showing neat footwork and good use of the ball, Tejan-Sie struck a shot from the edge of the area that forced Hoult into yet another save.

Just beforehand Hoult could no nothing to prevent an outstanding strike from Benson that, unfortunately for the Daggers, rebounded off the crossbar.

Apart from a corner late on, Darlington's most dangerous moment came when Dan Groves saw his flicked header dropped wide of Roberts goal.

Griffiths put in another excellent performance and his tenacity almost brought a goal. The full-back won the ball and burst pass the Quakers defence. He attempted to slide the ball past Hoult, who made a good block.

Att: 1,981 (210 Darlington)

Still will be concerned that Scott limped off the field towards the end. His replacement Wes Thomas almost made an immediate impact, but for the umpteenth time Hoult was in the way.

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