Skip to main content

Match Report


Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:02 AM

Cheltenham 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 3

Daggers finished their campaign with a 3-2 victory at Cheltenham Town, and as a result secured a fine ninth place finish in the division.

A bizarre Sido Jombati own goal levelled things for the visitors after Matt Richard’s header, and despite Steve Elliott also finding the net with his head Scott Doe scored his first of the season to level things up at the break. (Shield

And it was a case of Azeez, on loan from Charlton Athletic, being in the right place at the right time to poke home the rebound after Gavin Hoyte’s initial shot was blocked.

Manager Wayne Burnett shuffled the pack once again with Billy Bingham, Lawson D’Ath, Ian Gayle, Blair Turgott and Ade Azeez all starting after the 3-0 loss last weekend at home to Northampton Town, while Jon Nouble – who signed a first-team deal in the week, was on the substitutes’ bench.

Cheltenham enjoyed the better of the early stages as Harrison headed over from a Jombati ball in, before skipper Steve Elliott was unable to connect with a Matt Richards corner.

However, on 17 minutes, the duo did combine to good effect when Richards’ free-kick from wide on the left found Elliott who headed past an onrushing Jordan Seabright.

Daggers hadn’t done too much in the attacking third, but found themselves level in extraordinary circumstances four minutes later.

The Robins were in no danger when Jombati tried to play the ball back for debutant home goalkeeper Connor Roberts, but his pass was well off target and despite Roberts scrambling, he was unable to prevent the ball finding the net.

The game had certainly livened up and the hosts edged in front once again after some good play from the hosts.

The ball found its way to Richards on the edge of the area and his shot took a deflection off Gavin Hoyte and over Seabright.

Turgott and Elito fired well off target as the Daggers came into the game slightly, but they were to end the half level.

A minute before the break Bingham’s ball in found Doe just outside the six-yard box and he slotted past Roberts, for remarkably, his first goal of the season.

There was little to write home about in the early stages of the second half, but the hosts thought they had won a penalty when Turgott appeared to bring down Craig Braham-Barrett in the box.

Turgott had the first real shot on goal for the Daggers in the second half as he tried to profit from a collision between Roberts and Medy Elito.

But his weak shot was easily mopped up by the home defence, however, the visitors didn’t have to wait too long before finding what proved to be the winner.

Gavin Hoyte, who has failed to score for the club in two seasons unleashed a fine effort on goal but Roberts made the save.

But he could only parry it into the path of Azeez who tapped in from close range.

Jon Nouble came on for his debut and was immediately in the action as he was clattered into by Roberts – a nice welcome to the Football League for the youngster.

Ogogo again had to hack clear off the line late on, but other than that the Daggers looked comfortable as they secured their first ever win at Whaddon Road.

Other results saw the club secure ninth spot in League Two, and although recent weeks have been disappointing, you can’t hide from the fact that it’s been a very good season for Daggers.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Seabright, Hoyte, Doe, Gayle (Wilkinson 80), Connors, Bingham, Ogogo, D’Ath, Turgott (Nouble 80), Azeez, Elito (Shields 90+4)
Unused substitutes: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Dickson, Howell.
Attendance 3,002 (184 Daggers fans)

    Latest Match Reports