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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:58 AM

Honours even in Essex derby
Luke Norris made it two goals in two appearances for Daggers, helping them to a point against Essex rivals Southend United.

After a goalless first half, the Shrimpers broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Kevan Hurst found the net from the edge of the box.

But for the second game running Norris scored the equaliser, this time with an excellent individual effort as Daggers secured a point against the promotion chasers.

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett made two changes to the side that drew with Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Norris came in for his first start in place of the injured Luke Howell and Scott Doe replaced Brian Saah in defence.

The early stages were fairly even, but the Seasiders had the first real effort after 13 minutes when Hurst forced Daggers goalkeeper Chris Lewington into action with a powerful strike, but Lewington was equal to it and made the save.

The visitors went close again in the 22nd minute when Daggers full-back Jack Connors headed narrowly wide of his own goal while attempting to clear Anthony Straker’s cross. 

The best chance of the half fell the way of the home side, however, when Medy Elito put Rhys Murphy through on goal, but Southend keeper Daniel Bentley blocked the striker’s attempted lob.

Daggers went close again just before the break. Elito was again the provider, this time setting up Zavon Hines who came close to opening the scoring with a curling effort from inside the box, but the Blues keeper produced a fine save to thwart the winger.

Murphy thought he had put the hosts in front in the 48th minute when he converted Hines’ expert cross, but the ex-Arsenal striker was adjudged to have been offside.

And the margin proved costly, as five minutes later Southend took the lead.

Daggers failed to deal with Ben Coker’s corner and it fell to Hurst on the edge of the box. Despite not making great contact with the shot, it managed to find the net through the crowded penalty area.

Straker flashed a 30-yard effort just past the post as the visitors looked to extend their lead, but it was home side who were next to celebrate when Norris grabbed a 68th minute equaliser.

The on-loan striker came in off the right wing and his 20-yard strike took a slight deflection to help it over Bentley.

Norris continued to cause problems for the Shrimpers defence with yet another shot from distance, this time Bentley held on well.

Phil Brown’s Southend produced a quick break seven minutes from time but skipper Ryan Leonard’s shot fell just wide of the upright.

Both sides had opportunities from free-kicks deep into injury time but neither could find a winner.

Yet another entertaining game at Victoria Road in front of a crowd of over two and a half thousand.

Burnett’s side, who lie 11th in the table after the draw, travel to Spotland to take on fourth placed Rochdale on Saturday.

Daggers: Lewington, Connors, Doe, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Norris, Ogogo (C), D’ath (Saah 90), Elito (Dickson 78), Murphy, Hines.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Bingham, Obafemi, Shields.

Attendance: 2,624 (1,306 Southend United)

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