Sam Wood grabbed the only goal of the game as Wycombe Wanderers defeated the Daggers 1-0 at Adams Park.
The visitors produced a lacklustre performance and their downfall was their inability to create any sufficient chances. The only goal of the game came 32 minutes in when Sam Wood’s fine shot found the back of the net.
The game was initially under threat from postponement after snowfall on Friday, but largely down to the under soil heating, Adams Park was in excellent shape to host Dagenham & Redbridge.
An unchanged Daggers side clashed with Wycombe Wanderers, who came into the match with just two defeats in their last 10 games.
It was John Still’s men who made the brighter start after a couple of early crosses caused chaos inside the Chairboys box. The visitors were looking confident and strikers Sam Williams and Brian Woodall showed promising signs through their link-up play.
However, the hosts will perhaps feel they should have taken the lead on 30 minutes. Jo Kuffour collected a long ball over the top to find himself through on goal, but after drawing out Chris Lewington and squaring the it to Stuart Lewis, Lewis’ shot was well saved by the ‘keeper.
The home crowd were up on their feet minutes later, this time to cheer a goal for their side. Again, more good play from the Chairboys saw Kuffour turn creator once again, who found Sam Wood on the edge of the box. From 20 yards out, the midfielder took aim and struck an excellent shot into the bottom corner of Lewington’s net and give his team a half time lead..
Just a minute after the restart and the Daggers looked to threaten with a string of corners. The early pressure almost paid off as Scott Doe came close to grabbing an equaliser when he stuck out a leg inside the box to turn the ball goalwards but it was hacked off the line.
In a bid to take the game to Wycombe, John Still made three relatively early substitutions. Youngster Louis Dennis and Jake Caprice were welcomed into the fray as was Billy Bingham, much to the delight of the travelling fans.
Despite the wholesale changes, the Daggers gave a disappointing second half performance and failed to create any chances of note. Their best chance of the half came in stoppage time as Scott Doe picked up Dennis’ pass and tried his luck from distance, skewing his shot wide of the mark.
Wycombe Wanderers: Archer (gk); Harriman, Dunne, Stewart, Winfield, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Morgan (Morias, 83), Kuffour (Ainsworth, 89)
Subs not used: Harrison, Spring, Andrade, McCoy, Hause
Goalscorers: Wood, 32
Daggers: Lewington (gk); Hoyte, Doe, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi; Howell, Saunders (Caprice, 68), Ogogo (c), Elito (Bingham, 68); Woodall (Dennis, 59), Williams
Subs not used: Seabright, Maher, Reed, Scott