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Posted Thu 03 Dec 09 at 07:13 AM

Daggers 2-5 Aldershot

Dagenham and Redbridge suffered their second defeat at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium as Aldershot scored five to outline their promotion prospects this season.

With the return of skipper Mark Arber to the starting line and the debut of Jamie Day at left back optimism was high after the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth the week before. But they were well beaten after what proved to be a rather bad day at the office.

It was the home side who conjured up the first threat on goal. Darren Currie curled over a cross for Paul Benson, who saw his header loop over the bar.

Despite Benson's header it was the visitors who started the brighter. Their decent opening was almost rewarded with a goal. Louie Soares struck an effort from twenty yards that forced Tony Roberts into making an early save.

Marvin Morgan headed a Scott Donelly cross narrowly over as the Daggers had to do more than their fair share of defending. The Shots almost breached the home side's last line of defence as Anthony Straker nipped in, only for Roberts to make a decent block at the midfielder's feet.

Arber had an effort cleared off the line by Ben Herd before the Daggers found themselves a goal behind.

It was a simple goal in its construction. Donnelly chipped what looked to be a harmless ball into the Dagenham penalty area. However Anthony Charles leapt higher than Roberts to nod his team ahead.

The Daggers needed a stroke of luck and they got just that with a little over five minutes remaining of the first half. The referee spotted that Charles had handled in the area under pressure from Jon Nurse. Arber handled the responsibility rather well as he calmly placed his spot-kick beyond Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

The Daggers could have even found themselves ahead at half-time. Currie fired an effort that was held by Jaimez-Ruiz.

Two explosive strikes ensured the second half got off to a cracking start.

First it was Aldershot who got themselves ahead for the second time. Donnelly floated over a corner to the edge of the area where Andy Sandell was waiting to fire a crisply struck volley right into the bottom corner of the net.

The home side responded immediately. Danny Green found Nana Ofori-Twumansi with a slide rule pass. The full-back danced past a challenge before unleashing a crisp strike that went under Jaimez-Ruiz for his first goal for the club.

However almost as soon as the Daggers worked themselves level, they found themselves yet again and on this occasion they would never recover.

Marlon Jackson weaved his way on the right flank before crossing low for Morgan. With his back to goal, the Aldershot striker held off Will Antwi, turned and struck the ball into the corner to restore his side's lead for a third time.

John Still tired to change things as he brought on Danny Spiller for Green but the Daggers boss watched as it was the visitors who reacted to the change forcing Roberts into saving a Jackson header.

There was a little ray of hope that the Daggers might force a grandstand finish. Currie whipped in a dangerous corner that Adam Miller very nearly got to, yet somehow Aldershot managed to clear from their own goalmouth.

That clearance proved to be very important as the Shots caught their hosts on the counter-attack. Jackson forced his way past Day and whilst his first effort produced a very good block from Roberts, the on loan Bristol City player managed to force the rebound past the grounded keeper.

The home misery was completed in the final minutes. Soares skipped past Day and fired past Roberts to make it a very fine evening for Aldershot.

Att: 1,876 (253 Aldershot Town)

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