A frenetic end to this highly competitive game saw Daggers snatch a magnificent point from their visit to Cheshire when an injury-time penalty expertly smashed home by skipper Mark Arber earned Daggers a share of the spoils that never looked likely for three-quarters of this match. Daggers made two changes for the trip to the Moss Rose following the transfer of Scott Griffiths to Championship Peterborough on Friday. Wes Thomas made a first League start upfront partnering Paul Benson, with Jon Nurse filling in on the left flank and Peter Gain moving inside.
took Griffiths' place at left-back. Thomas' pace quickly unsettled home skipper Brown as he got clean through in the opening attack but put his header straight at Macc keeper Brain. Macclesfield replied with a strong run down the left from Daniel and Doe was forced to clear desperately over his own crossbar. There was a major blow for Daggers with barely 10 minutes gone when clever work by Sappleton saw the ball fall between Bencherif and Ogogo The players' clashed in a full-on tackle that didn't please referee Langford who showed the Daggers full-back a red card as the Macclesfield midfielder lay injured on the turf.
Daggers immediately re-organised with Doe switching to right-back and Nurse becoming a emergency left-back. Bencherif injured in the incident that saw Ogogo sent off was quickly replaced by striker Matthew Tipton. Macc then made a second change in the first 16 minutes when Paul Morgan replaced Nat Brown as both central defender and captain. Benson hit a 30 yard snapshot in 23 minutes that just few wide with keeper Brain flatfooted. A Danny Green floated free-kick from wide on the left saw Mark Arber flick a header over. Tipton looked to be Macc's major danger and he burrowed his way through to create a clear shooting chance, but shot weakly at Tony Roberts. A second controversial moment from referee Langford came when he awarded a penalty when Tipton was ajudged to have been held back by Stuart Thurgood, with no home players appealing.
Tipton duly slotted in the penalty. Neat work by Nurse that saw him step inside two men but his work was ruined by a pass miles behind his teammates that Green couldn't rescue. An Antwi pass found its way through to Thomas who turned well and struck a 20 yard effort just wide of the Macclesfield goal. Macclesfield almost went two up in 42 minutes with a glided header from Sappleton from Tremarco's cross beat Roberts and came back off the post. As the Cheshire side stepped up the pressure just before the break, Daniel, in acres of space, hit a 20 yarder that struck the opposite post. Half-time Macclesfield 1, Dagenham &amp; R 0 A third major let-off for Daggers occurred five minutes into the second-half when Sappleton stepped inside Arber's challenge and curved his shot wide of Roberts only for the effort to become the third that had hit the Daggers' woodwork in less than 15 minutes.. Sinclair showed no ill effects of a foul by Gain by running clear in 56 minutes to see his shot from an acute angle become the fourth attempt to strike the Daggers' woodwork.
Daggers had appeals for a penalty turned down when Benson turned on a Green cross and the ball struck Morgan, but appeals were refused by Mr Langford. Macclesfield went two up in 66 minutes when Sappleton was put through by a long ball from the back, Roberts raced out but the big striker got around the keeper and blasted the ball into an empty net. Roberts was forced to save with his feet from substitute Wright when the Macc frontman was allowed to run on with Thurgood appealing for offside. Benson forced Brain to his first real exertion of the afternoon with a tip-over save following Gain's cross. With 11 minutes left, Benson smuggled THOMAS through and the striker's low effort beat Brain into the bottom corner to put Daggers in with something of a chance.
Tipton was booked for time-wasting after conceding a free-kick by hacking the ball high into empty terraces at the Moss Rose end of the ground. Tipton then became the game's second sending-off when he earned a second yellow for further time wasting as the Cheshire side were desperately holding on. As the game entered four minutes injury time, Nurse hit a shot that struck the hand of home midfielder Draper and referee Langford awarded his second spot-kick of the game. Skipper Mark ARBER stepped up and crashed in the equaliser. In the final attack of the game, Green's cross saw Arber crash a flicked header against a post that narrowly failed to bring the centre half two goals in as many minutes and Daggers one of the finest victories of recent seasons. Att: 1,574 (139 D&amp;R)
D&amp;R: 1. Tony Roberts, 4.Scott Doe
(24. Billy Bingham
90 mins), 6. Mark Arber - capt, 7. Danny Green, 8. Stuart Thurgood, 9. Jon Nurse, 14. Paul Benson, 16. Wesley Thomas (10. Josh Scott
84 mins), 19. Abu Ogogo
, 25. Will Antwi,&nbsp; 33. Peter Gain.&nbsp;Unused subs: 30. Chris Lewington
(GK),&nbsp; 18. Steven Demetriou, 22. Graeme Montgomery,&nbsp;26. Tommy Tejan-Sie, 35. Harlee Dean.
Macc: 1. Joe Brain, 2. Izak Reid, 3. Carl Termarco, 5. Nathaniel Brown (6. Paul Morgan 16 mins), 7. Lee Bell, 8. Ross Draper, 9. Emile Sinclair, 16. Shaun Birsley, 17. Colin Daniel, 20. Hamza Bencherif (23. Mathew Tipton 13 mins), 22. Reneil Sappleton (11. Ben Wright 73 mins)&nbsp;. Unused subs: 13. Jose Veiga (GK), 10. Stephen Reed, 15. Paul Bolland, 12. Kyle Wilson.