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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:39 PM

Stevenage 0 Daggers 1

Daggers took bragging rights over rivals Stevenage in a dull game at Lamex Stadium.

Luke Howell scored the only goal of the game, in controversial circumstances, to move the Victoria Road club up to 48 points.

Christian Doidge returned to the starting team following his loan at Dartford, with Jamie Cureton on the bench.

Joss Labadie also came back in as Ashley Chambers took a place among the substitutes.

The shocking pitch at Lamex definitely played a part in Burnett’s selection and it was the hosts that made the better start.

Scott Doe fouled Tom Pett early on, but Dave Martin fired over the bar and into the away supporters.

Daggers did have an opportunity themselves in the 12th minute when Joss Labadie was fouled, but Billy Bingham’s delivery lacked accuracy and went out for a goal kick.

Three minutes later and the visitors had a chance to test Chris Day in the Stevenage goal when Doidge battled for the ball and it dropped for Labadie.

He raced forward, sprinted past his marker and into the opposition box, but smashed his effort off target and the chance was gone.

Back came the opposition, though, and with 21 minutes played Charlie Lee should have hit the target.

Pett was able to hook the ball back in and Lee was unmarked, but headed over the bar.

The game, unsurprisingly, remained scrappy for the remainder of the first half with long ball the only option on the awful Lamex pitch.

Daggers were trying to pass the ball about and were growing into the encounter as it prolonged and it was that type of football that gave Labadie a chance in the 42nd minute.

Andre Boucaud and Ashley Hemmings linked up and Labadie turned just outside the area. However his shot was comfortably held by Day and it was goalless at the break.

The away team started the second period strongly and they took the lead with just seven minutes of the second half played.

Bingham knocked the ball forward and Labadie, in an offside position, initially ran towards the ball but stopped.

Stevenage and their players stopped, expecting offside, but the Daggers midfielder had stopped and it allowed Bingham to run through and collect his own pass before crossing to Howell and he tapped in.

Although linesman Mark Pottage had put his flag up for offside, after consulting with referee Dean Whitestone the goal was given.

Stevenage pushed to get back on level terms, but Daggers were defending brilliantly.

Doidge was replaced in the 69th minute with Cureton taking his place and Matt Partridge was also introduced shortly afterwards.

The two subs nearly linked up in the 84th minute, but Cureton was tackled. However the visitors looked comfortable.

Stevenage substitute Bruno Andrade tested Mark Cousins in stoppage time, but Daggers keeper brilliantly tipped over to earn Burnett’s an excellent victory.

Stevenage: Day, Dembele (Andrade 86), Pett (Kennedy 69), Parrett, Wells, Lee, Okimo, Henry, Keane, Lisbie, Martin (Whelpdale 46).

Unused substitutes: Beasant, Bond, Johnson,.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Ogogo, Doe, Obileye, Widdowson, Howell, Boucaud, Bingham (Partridge 79), Labadie, Hemmings, Doidge (Cureton 69).

Unused substitutes: Moore, Chambers, Gayle, Yusuff, Jakubiak.

Attendance: 2,795 (219 Daggers supporters).


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