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Match Report


Posted Tue 30 Jun 15 at 08:15 AM

Daggers 1 Stevenage 1

The only disappointment for the Daggers here was the final result.

There was not a lot wrong with the performance. It was encouraging and Wayne Burnett's men did enough to have won the match.

They had the lion's share of the play, went ahead with a cracker of a goal from Ashley Hemmings and worked hard to add to it.

Stevenage were second best for much of the afternoon and had a brief spell on top in the second-half. And that proved enough to bring them the equaliser.  

The Daggers, full of energy and endeavour, carried on where they left off at Wycombe a weekend earlier and they got down to business straightaway.

With only two minutes on the clock it needed a great block from a lunging defender to check the lively Christian Doidge, set up by Jamie Cureton.

A terrific cross from Hemmings was scrambled away and he hit one shot straight at keeper Jesse Joronen.

But Joronen was little more than a spectator when Hemmings lashed a 25-yard left footer high into the net to give the Daggers a deserved lead in the 29th minute.

Cureton, who celebrated his 40th birthday 24 hours earlier, had one effort cleared off the line, went close with another and kept the visitors busy.

Srevenage had to make a showing at some stage and they did it in the 75th minute when substitute Tom Hitchcock took a pass from the left and steered the ball inside the far post.

It was tough on the Daggers. But overall they have every reason to be satisfied with the performance.

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