The Daggers were unlucky to fall to a 3-2 away defeat to York City in a tight game which neither team managed to dominate.
Ashley Chambers scored two goals either side of Luke Wilkinson">Luke Wilkinson’s header to give York City a half time lead. Matty Blair added another after the break and Wilkinson grabbed his second of the game in the final minute of stoppage time with an extraordinary finish.
Manager John Still fielded the same starting XI that began last weeks superb victory away at Chesterfield, as the Daggers went in search of successive wins on the road.
With both teams kicking off the game in similar league positions, a tight opening was expected and neither could sustain any significant pressure as it looked to become a scrappy encounter.
The hosts though took full advantage of their first sight on goal as Ashley Chambers opened the scoring on 20 minutes. After neat work to make space for himself in the corner of the penalty box, Chambers turned and placed the ball past the helpless Chris Lewington">Chris Lewington to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
The Daggers struck back immediately and emulated their hosts by scoring with their first attempt on goal. Matt Saunders">Matt Saunders swung in an enticing corner towards the near post and with the keeper committed; Luke Wilkinson">Luke Wilkinson could nod into the net from close range.
Despite showing little attacking threat, City restored their one goal advantage to give themselves a half time lead. Jamal Fyfield received the ball in space on the left wing and with plenty of time he could pick out the unmarked Chambers who headed home from 8-yards for his and his sides second of the game.
There was no change in tempo after the break and both sides struggled to penetrate their opposite respective defences. Wilkinson came close to equalising for the Daggers 15 minutes into the second half, but he headed inches wide following a Saunders free kick.
Just as the Daggers were looking like holding their pressure, the hosts struck a killer blow by making it 3-1 with a well worked goal. York again broke down the left side and Danny Kearns went on an excellent run before drilling the ball across the goalmouth as Matty Blair came steaming in to slam the ball into the net.
It should have been 4-1 with 15 minutes remaining when Dwight Gayle’s short back pass was intercepted by Jason Walker who had the time to compose himself but instead opted to lift the ball over Lewington, who was wise to the shot and parried away.
Wilkinson managed to pull one goal back in stoppage time with a thumping finish from outside the area but the Daggers didn’t leave themselves with enough time to find an equaliser. York consolidated and held onto their lead well, much to the away fans disappointment; who make the long journey home to Essex pointless.
Attendance: 3,391 (125 away)
York City: Ingham (GK); Smith, Parslow, Kerr (Challinor, 69), Walker (Blanchett, 85), Chambers, Coulson (Smith, 62), Fyfield, Blair, Carlisle, Kearns
Subs not used: Musselwhite (GK), McGurk, Reed, McLaughlin