The Daggers suffered their second defeat of the season away against Sutton United, Bradley Hudson-Odoi scored the only game of the match.
Hawkins had a great chance to get the opener after he was found by Corey whitely’s low cross from the right wing, but the forward was unable to get a touch on the ball from the centre of the box.
Minutes later a similar attacking move from Sutton, it was Ross Stearn who ran down the wing and found Bradley Hudson-Odoi, tapping it in for the first goal of the game in 11th minute.
A long ball found Hawkins, who did very well to knock a ball down in Jordan Maguire-Drew’s path, but the shot was cleared right off the line.
Just before half time, a Sutton misunderstanding at the back nearly allowed Maguire-Drew to get behind the keeper.
Dagenham came very close to scoring the equaliser in the second half, Frankie Raymond
had a shot saved by Ross Worner, Hawkins then blasted the rebound over from a few yards out.
John Still then decided to make his first substitution of the game in the 60th minute, Luke Guttridge replaced Fejiri Okenabirhie.
Maguire-Drew found some space on the left wing, but his cross turned out to be an easy catch for Worner.
The home side made two changes in a matter of minutes, Bedsente Gomis and Roarie Deacon came on for, the goal scorer, Bradley Hudson-Odoi and Ryan Burgess.
Sutton’s third and final substation came in the 74th minute, Chris Dickson replaced Maxime Biamou. Paul Benson then came on a minute after, replacing Oliver Hawkins.
Maguire-Drew won a free kick, 30 yards out, and was very close to curling it into the top corner of the goal, however Worner did very well to get a touch on the ball and put it out for a corner.
Still went on to make his third and final substitution 10 minutes before the final whistle, it was Christian Assombalonga replacing Corey Whitely.
With five minutes to go the Daggers went down to 10 men as Guttridge had to come off due to an injury.
However shortly after the playing field was level, when Simon Downer was sent off for Sutton, after a harsh tackle on Paul Benson.
The Daggers will play next Boreham Wood at home, next Saturday 3rd September at 15:00.
DAGGERS XI: Justham; Widdowson, Doe (c), Robson, Robinson, Raymond, Okenabirhie(60’ Guttridge), Hawkins(75’Benson), Maguire-Drew, Whitely (83’Assombalonga), Staunton
UNUSED SUBS: Cousins; Donnellan