An Oliver Hawkins hat-trick in the first half gave Dagenham and Redbridge a secure 3-0 win over Wrexham, despite a great performance from the Dragons’ goalkeeper, Shwan Jalal .
It only took 10 minutes for Hawkins to get the opening goal for the Daggers. The second came in the 22nd minute from a Hawkins header and the third and final goal of the game came from the penalty spot right on extra time of the first half.
The first chance for the Daggers in the first half, came a minute before the first goal, Fejiri Okenabirhie couldn’t get his shot on target after Hawkins headed a diagonal in his path.
The first goal came in the 10th minute as a great through ball found Luke Guttridge making a run on goal, he then misplaced his shot into Hawkins’ path and the forward tapped it into an empty net.
The next goal came shortly after it was Hawkins again with a powerful header, after a great delivery from Jordan Maguire-Drew’s corner.
In the 28th minute, Okenabirhie went on a great solo run but his final pass to Guttridge fell short in the Wrexham area.
Minutes later, Joe Widdowson
was booked for a foul and Wrexham were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position, but the ball into area is over hit.
The Daggers were then awarded a penalty on the brink of half time; Luke Guttridge was brought down by Hamza Bencherif.
Hawkins then scored from the spot to earn himself the Hat-trick
Wrexham started the half brightly with a couple of efforts on goal, but Hawkins was very close to adding another goal in the 50th minute.
Bencherif then hit a poweful effort which was hard to keep up with, but fortunately it went just over the bar.
In the 58th minute Corey Whitely made his home debut for the Daggers, as he came on for Luke Guttridge.
Maguire-Drew then cut in from a tight angle on the left and his shot was kept out well by Jalal.
Whitely was straight in the action in the 68th minute, after a couple of step-overs in the box, he then smashed the ball straight at Jalal.
Whitely again with a great bit of play, he had room to take a shot from 20 yards out, however Jalal again added to his number of fine saves for Wrexham.
In the dying minutes of the game, Whitely unselfishly laid it off to Hawkins, Jalal again with a superb save and Matt Robinson then hit the rebounded effort over the top.
DAGGERS XI: Justham, Williams, Widdowson, Doe, Robson, Robinson, Boucaud, Guttridge (58’ Whitely), Staunton, Maguire-Drew (89’ Raymond), Okenabirhie
UNUSED SUBS: Cousins, Assombalonga, Benson, Donnellan
ATTENDANCE: 1,256 (166 away)