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Posted Fri 05 Aug 16 at 07:53 AM

Guiseley 0 Daggers 2

Chris Assombalonga opened the scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge as they picked up their first away win of the season.

Despite a heavy midweek defeat, the Daggers only made one change with the forward taking the place of Jordan Maguire-Drew, who took a place on the bench.

Paul Benson made the bench but fellow new arrival Corey Whitely missed out.

From the off, Fejiri Okenabirhie was testing full-back Danny East and the winger troubled throughout the game.

In the 5th minute he delivered a ball to the middle of the box from which Assombalonga headed in his first goal for Daggers with a powerful finish.

A poor headed back-pass from Lions left-back Marcus Williams gifted Assombalonga space in the 17th minute, but his chip just inside the area clipped the post on its way wide, denying the forward a brace.

Assombalonga had another chance in the 32nd minute but his effort was straight at Dan Atkinson, with the Guiseley keeper comfortable grasping the ball.

With the end of the half approaching Luke Guttridge found space before his 20-yard effort curled over the bar and just a minute later, Curtley Williams delivered an inch prefect ball in from the left for Oliver Hawkins to head home, but the striker’s effort went wide.

Within minutes of the restart Okenabirhie found space in the area and his first shot was blocked by Ash Palmer before the rebound was saved by Atkinson.

Guiseley’s best chance came in the 70th minute when Dave Syers could only divert a Jordan Preston cross wide when he should have hit the target.

It was Daggers, though, who did score next with Hawkins heading home a corner in the 76th minute of play. Guttridge picked out the tall striker with pinpoint accuracy from a corner.

Maguire-Drew nearly added a third after being brought on as a substitute, but drilled an effort wide in the final minute of normal time.

Daggers are now back to winning ways with the next test being at home to Lincoln City on Tuesday.

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