An inspired display saw the Daggers come away with a valuable point, after a well contested 1-1 draw with Exeter City.
It was Exeter who threatened first in the third minute, a corner delivered in by Liam Sercombe was cleared by the Daggers defence but fell to Matt Oakley who’s 20 yard effort was deflected past Chris Lewington">Chris Lewington’s right hand post.With neither side getting their foot on the ball early on it was again Exeter who created the next chance. After an attacking move down the right side the ball fell to Jamie Cureton, however despite the strikers 9 goals so far this season he couldn’t convert the half chance and Daggers keeper Chris Lewington">Chris Lewington collected with ease.
From then on it was a scrappy affair with both sides playing a lot of misplaced passes and snap shots that didn’t trouble either keeper. This was until Medy Elito">Medy Elito in the 37th minute, made a run down the left hand side and powerfully hit a cross into the near post, which caught City keeper Arthur Krysiak out and the Grecians keeper could only parry the ball into the net which gave the Daggers a 1-0 lead.
John Still’s men started to play around with a bit more confidence which was rewarded late in the first half. A late corner to the Grecians saw them throw a few more men forward to look for an equaliser. The Daggers gained possession of the ball and counter attacked to find Exeter exposed. Michael Spillane’s cross field ball found Elito who went in on goal and was brought down by Krysiak, the referee without hesitation pointed to the spot but allowed Krsiak to stay on the pitch following the decision to show a yellow card. Up stepped Spillane to give the Daggers a 2-0 lead at half time, but the midfielder hit the ball straight down the middle but only managed to find row Z of the Traditional Builders Stand and with that the referee blew for half time.
At the start of the second half it was Exeter who came out lively and they took advantage of their bright start, Jamie Cureton was put through on goal for his 10th of the season. A long ball up field from Scott Bennett put Cureton through one on one and the experienced forward tucked the ball home in the bottom right corner to level the scores at 1-1.The Grecians then carried on the positive start as they carried on probing the Dagenham back four, with Cureton making himself known again but this time putting in Jimmy Keohane on goal. However Captain Abu Ogogo">Abu Ogogo courageously got back in time to make a last ditch tackle to see the ball out for a corner.
It was that man Cureton again who should have taken the lead for the away side. Another successful move, this time down the left hand side, saw a cross in which the Dagenham defence didn’t clear and it fell to Cureton on the penalty spot but the striker missed the target and a good chance to take the lead.
Despite John Still’s defence being put under heavy pressure they carried on trying to play the ball around and won a corner in the 65th minute. An in swinging ball from Matt Saunders">Matt Saunders found the freely marked Spillane at the back post, but the ever present midfielder was denied a goal with a good save from Krysiak.
The game started to open up and both sides cancelled each other out, until the 83rd minute when Dwight Gayle ">Dwight Gayle ran into the box and tangled with Craig Woodman to which the home side appealed for a penalty but Mr Ward didn’t agree and waved play on.
5 minutes later and it was Gayle involved again with the forward having an effort from the edge of the box just go over the bar.
In the 90th minute half the crowd thought the Daggers had sealed a late victory, when Oluwafemi Ilesanmi had a long range effort from 25 yards hit the side netting.With neither side managing to muster any clear cut chances the game filtered out and the teams shared the points.
Attendance: 1,487 (217 Away)
Daggers Team: Lewington, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Doe, Spillane, Williams(Woodall, 79), Elito(Green, 75), Saunders(Hoyte, 68), Howell, Ogogo, Gayle