Daggers were able to toast their first victory of the season and with it progress to the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after beating Cambridge United 2-0.
The visitors’ first real chance to take the lead fell to Christian Doidge
with eight minutes on the clock.
picked out the Welshman with a cross at the back post but the striker’s effort was well saved by home keeper Sam Beasant.
Hemmings, though, would put Daggers in front 13 minutes later with an effort from 18 yards.
The ball broke to the stand-in captain on the edge of the box and he cannoned the ball into the top right corner of the net.
Dagenham doubled their advantage through Matt McClure just seven minutes although there was a touch of good fortune.
Kane Ferdinand shot low and hard from the edge of the box, with the ball diverting in to the net off the shin of the striker.
Clevid Dikamona had a great chance to extend Daggers’ lead in the 35th minute, heading towards goal after a free kick but saw the effort cleared off the line.
Hemmings went close to adding his second in the 46th minute when clean through but could only fire straight at Beasant.
Liam O’Brien was tested properly for the first time in the match in the 51st minute but he expertly pushed Jacob Blyth’s shot over for a corner.
Daggers had a goal ruled out in the 69th minute when Ashley Chambers
played in McClure who scored before noticing the flag had gone up for offside.
But the misses proved not to count as Daggers secured their first win since the 4-0 demolition of Accrington Stanley in April.
Daggers XI: O’Brien; Passley, Dikamona, Obileye, Connors; Chambers (Raymond 87), Richards, Ferdinand, Hemmings; Doidge, McClure (Hines 79)
Unused subs: Cousins, Cureton, Widdowson
Attendance: 1,680 (including 94 Daggers fans)
Referee: Darren Drysdale