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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:40 PM

Shrewsbury 2 Daggers 0

Two goals in five first half minutes ensured Daggers wouldn’t be returning back from Shrewsbury Town with any points.

Wayne Burnett's team would have been hoping for a happy start to Easter weekend, but their failure to defend set pieces correctly haunted them at New Meadow.

They looked to find a way back into the contest, but couldn’t and they were soundly beaten by a Shrewsbury side pushing for the title.

Damian Batt returned to the team at right-back and allowed captain Abu Ogogo to return to midfield – Ashley Chambers the man to drop to the bench.

Burnett’s team started with good intent and Connor Goldson blocked an early effort from Ogogo before Billy Bingham fired off target with 11 minutes gone.

Five minutes later, though, and against the run of play Shrews took the lead when the away side failed to defend a corner.

Liam Lawrence curled the corner into the box and Goldson was free to head past Mark Cousins and delight the home faithful.

Shortly afterwards another set piece caused Daggers problems, however Jean Louis Akpa Akpro was unable to test Cousins.

The visitors relief was short lived, though, as another delivery into the box caused them problems and allowed Goldson to head in at the back post.

Shrewsbury had all the momentum now and Micky Demetriou and Ryan Woods fired efforts that Cousins was able to hold before Mark Ellis tried his lucky from range too.

Daggers were able to withhold the pressure, though, and survived until half time. They were facing a tough task to get back into the contest, though, but they needed to start the second period strongly.

However it was Micky Mellon’s side that had the first opportunity after the break when James Collins volleyed towards Cousins goal, but it was saved.

Burnett’s team did slowly get back into the game though and Ogogo was having a prominent role in midfield.

His runs from deep were causing Shrewsbury problems and twice he nearly fired efforts at goal, but strong defending from the hosts restricted him.

Alex Jakubiak and Joss Labadie were introduced during the final 15 minutes as Daggers looked to at least reduce the arrears at New Meadow.

However it wasn’t forthcoming and it was Shrews that looked more likely to add to their tally as second half substitute Tyrone Barnett caused problems for the visitors defence.

Three minutes was added on at New Meadow before the full time whistle followed to consign Daggers to a 19th defeat of the season, which sees them drop to 16th in the table.

Shrewsbury Town: Leutwiler, Grandison, Demetriou, Woods, Ellis (Barnett 73), Goldson, Collins (Mangan 82), Lawrence, Gayle, Grant (Ginnelly (89), Akpa Akpro.
Unused substitutes: Halstead, Vernon, Southern, Mandron.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt (Jakubiak 75), Doe, Obileye, Widdowson, Howell, Bingham (Labadie 82), Ogogo, Boucaud, Hemmings, Cureton.
Unused substitutes: Moore, Chambers, Doidge, Partridge, Gayle.

Attendance: 6,143 (98 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).

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