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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:36 PM

Daggers 3 Cheltenham 1

Ashley Hemmings’ Man of the Match performance earned Dagenham & Redbridge a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town at Victoria Road.

Daggers had the majority of possession in the first-half but were unable to make it count in the final third of the pitch.

The first real chance for the home side fell to Jamie Cureton after a clever ball from Hemmings that split the Cheltenham defence and sent Cureton through on goal whose effort curled wide of the far post.

Daggers had the ball in the net after 34 minutes but it was disallowed for offside, Cureton and Rhys Murphy playing a one-two which set Murphy up to find the far corner of the net but the linesman had raised his flag.

Mark Cousins was rarely tested and this was largely down to the efficient Daggers defence, Damien Batt's massive tackle on Jack Dunn preventing a clear-cut opportunity for the Cheltenham striker.

The breakthrough came just 10 minutes into the second-half as Andre Boucard was adjudged to have been fouled inside the area.

Cureton stepped up and saw his spot-kick saved but the Daggers striker showed endeavour to follow up his rebound and made no mistake at the second time of asking.

Cheltenham were level just five minutes later when they too were awarded a penalty after Cousins was adjudged to have brought down Jake Gray.

Dunn sent Cousins the wrong way and brought the visitors level.

Daggers regained the lead 10 minutes later through an incredible strike from Ashley Hemmings, the winger danced his way around the Cheltenham defence before unleashing a powerful strike into the top corner of Trevor Carson's net.

Dagenham and Redbridge continued to dominate and chances came and went for Abu Agogo, Hemmings and Alex Jakubiak but Mark Cousins goal was never in any danger of being breached. An impressive tackle from Ayo Obileye late in the game making sure of that.

Alex Jakubiak made sure of all three points with Daggers third goal. Jakubiak dazzled the Cheltenham defence before slotting home past a helpless Carson putting the gloss on an already impressive scoreline in front of the biggest home crowd of the season.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Bingham, Cureton(Ogogo 90), Murphy(Jakubiak 35), Howell, Hemmings, Obileye, Boucard, Widdowson.
Unused substitutes: O'Brien, Saah, Chambers, Labadie, Jones
Attendance: 2692 (away 208)

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