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Posted Sat 20 Mar 10 at 17:01 PM

Green inspires Daggers victory

Danny Green scored twice and set up the other goal as he inspired Dagenham and Redbridge to a comeback victory over Macclesfield Town at the LBBD Stadium.

In what proved to be a very good day for the Daggers a bumper crowd of 3,721 started the afternoon by watching both John Still and Gary Simpson sign up to the Daggers against racism campaign.

They also watched an entertaining first half, even if it ended with the Daggers behind.

The home side were first to threaten. Marlon Pack superbly judged first time pass released Josh Scott. He played the ball across goal only for the ball to evade a sliding Paul Benson.

The Daggers got even closer with their next attack. Scott out jumped Macclesfield goalkeeper Jonny Brian and headed the ball towards goal. It looked like it was going in, only for Ross Draper to spectacularly clear off his own goal line.

It was then Macclesfield's turn to attack with Craig Lindfield forcing Tony Roberts into making a very good save to keep the game scoreless.

The Daggers keeper was involved in the action once more as he scrambled clear another strike on goal, this time from Ben Wright.

The action then returned to the other end once more. Mark Arber saw a header blocked by the Macclesfield defence. He then followed it up with another header but saw the ball float over.

The ball flew across the Macclesfield goal for a second time. This time it was Benson who forced the ball into the area while Gain was unable to convert the cross.

Gain then sent over a superb cross that Benson did well to head back across goal. Brain at full stretch denied the Daggers striker.

The end-to-end action continued with Roberts making another couple of saves.

First he denied John Rooney, who looked to place the ball into the bottom corner. He then went on to Lindfield in much the same manner as he did earlier in the half.

However Roberts was caught out on 33 minutes as the Silkmen took the lead. After the home defence had header clear a corner, Lee Bell smashed a volley back towards goal. The ball bounced just in front of the Daggers keeper, and he was unable to prevent it from nestling in the back of the Dagenham net.

The Daggers had to survive a scare immediately after the restart. Emile Sinclair's pace took him clear but the winger lifted his shot over the bar when perhaps he needed a bit more composure.

The home side took full advantage. Yoann Folly was very unlucky to see his superbly curled effort rebound off the bar. Scott Doe however kept the ball alive and the ball made its way to Green. Green in turn worked a shooting opportunity and he duly buried the equaliser into the bottom corner.

It was all Dagenham and Redbridge after the goal. Scott threaded a pass to Benson who was denied by Brain; Scott was then prevented from netting the rebound by yet another block from a Macclesfield defender.

The Daggers then twice had the ball in the back of Macclesfield's net but neither of them counted.

In the first instance, Scott battled his way past Paul Morgan. He saw his left footed strike crash back off the post. Benson was there to force the ball into the net only for the referee to spot a handball.

It was then Gain who shot past Brain, but the midfielder was clearly in an offside position.

With a little under twenty minutes remaining, the Daggers got the goal their play thoroughly deserved. It was a fine goal too. Benson found Green, who then sent over a perfect cross for the onrushing Abu Ogogo to volley home in fine style.

It marked a fine turnaround for Ogogo, who had been sent off in the reverse fixture earlier in the year.

Green was clearly enjoying himself on the wing once more, and he fired an audacious shot that forced Brain into making a fingertip save at full stretch.

Macclesfield looked to sub Matthew Tipton to get them back into the game. Tipton's first touch was a shot from the edge of the area that Roberts comfortably held on to.

But that threat was extinguished a couple of minutes from the end. Sub Jon Nurse did very well to keep the ball in play and send over a good cross. The ball was headed up in the air by Carl Tremarco. It dropped for Green who produced an exquisite volley from 18 yards right into the top corner.

Green was inches away from capping a magnificent performance with a hat-trick. He struck a superb shot from twenty yards that bounced off the post; the woodwork vibrating for some time such was the ferocity of Green's effort.

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