Search

Azeez seals final-day win for Daggers at Cheltenham

17:04 03 May 2014

Adebayo Azeez celebrates netting Dagenham & Redbridge

Adebayo Azeez celebrates netting Dagenham & Redbridge's third goal at Cheltenham (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

League Two: Cheltenham Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 3

Dagenham & Redbridge’s season ended on a high as Ade Azeez’s second half strike saw them edge home by the odd goal in five against Cheltenham - for their first ever win at home of the Robins.

Daggers twice came from behind in the first half as Sido Jombati’s own goal and Scott Doe’s first of the campaign cancelled out Steve Elliott’s header and a deflected Matt Richards effort.

And though the visitors played nowhere near their best, they managed to come away with the three points when Azeez was the first to react to Connor Roberts’ save from a Gavin Hoyte shot, and tap home from close range.

Boss Wayne Burnett made five changes from the shambles which was last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Northampton Town, with Billy Bingham, Lawson D’Ath, Ian Gayle, Blair Turgott and Ade Azeez recalled.

There was also room on the bench for Academy product Jon Nouble, who signed a deal with the club in the week.

A slow opening was edged by the hosts as Byron Harrison headed over from Sido Jombati’s good ball in from the right.

They had most of the early possession and they skipper Steve Elliott was just unable to get his head to a teasing Matt Richards corner.

But the Daggers didn’t learn their lesson and the two combined on 17 minutes for the opener.

Richards’ floated free-kick into the box found the skipper and he rose highest to head home with Seabright coming out of his goal.

Daggers hadn’t created much but just four minutes later found themselves level with a bizarre own goal.

Sido Jombati, under no pressure, floated a ball back for debutant goalkeeper Connor Roberts who tried in vain to get something on it as the ball trickled into the net.

The game had burst into life and parity only last three minutes when some good build-up play found Richards on the edge of the box.

His shot took a huge deflection off a diving Gavin Hoyte and looped over a stranded Seabright.

Roberts came out well to deny Turgott when through on goal, but Daggers went on to level a minute before the break.

Bingham’s free-kick from wide on the left found Scott Doe and the defender slotted past Roberts for his first of the season.

Like the first, the second half was slow to get going. Daggers had Ogogo to thank for flicking over a dangerous ball into the box.

Turgott then appeared to bring down Braham-Barrett in the box, though penalty appeals were waved away.

Daggers got a little bit more joy in front of goal and Turgott was presented with a chance when Elito and Roberts collided.

The ball fell to Turgott just inside the area, but his shot was weak and easily cleared by the Robins.

However, the Daggers did take the lead on 67 minutes when a Hoyte shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Roberts, but Azeez was on hand to tap home his third goal for the Daggers.

Nouble came on for his first-team debut and was immediately in the action as he was pulled down by Roberts just outside the area, though Bingham’s free-kick was straight into the wall.

But the Daggers held on with only a few minor scares late on and they ended the season with 60 points and a ninth-place finish. Most, if not every Dagenham fan would have settled for that at the start of the season.

Cheltenham Town: Roberts, Jombati, Braham-Barrett, Kotwica, Hanks (Noble 70), Elliott, Richards, Williams (Cureton 70), Ihiekwe, McGlashan, Harrison.

Unused substitutes: Brown, Gornell, Vincent, Brundle, Bowen.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Seabright, Hoyte, Doe, Gayle (Wilkinson 80), Connors, Bingham, Ogogo, D’Ath, Turgott (Nouble 80), Azeez, Elito (Shields 90+4).

Unused substitutes: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Dickson, Howell.

Attendance: 3,002 (184 Daggers fans)

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

45 minutes ago
Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside Hammers 42 Poole Pirates 48

Yesterday, 22:00
Ravi Bopara makes a run for Essex Eagles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Bopara, Walter shine with bat and ball

Yesterday, 15:15
Is former Dagenham & Redbridge striker Paul Benson the man wearing red on the right of this picture (pic: www.daggers.co.uk)

Daggers return as preparation for new campaign begins

Yesterday, 08:00
Lewis Bridger of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Poole visit for Elite League action

Thu, 17:30
Paul Walter in action for Hornchurch during a successful 2015 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

22-year-old made his Essex debut last week and skipper Smith has hailed the ability of the former Billericay all-rounder

Thu, 16:30
West Ham captain Mark Noble faces the camera with supporters at the new club store at the Olympic Park (whufc.com)

New Stadium Store at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is impressive and shows Premier League club are moving on to the next level

Thu, 15:00
West Ham and England legend Bobby Moore has been selected as one of the first inductees of the world’s first Football Walk of Fame at the National Football Museum (pic: Jason Lock).

Director of the National Football Museum delighted to honour former England skipper Moore and heroes from past and present

Thu, 13:27
Essex's Kishen Velani walks off after being caught by Surrey's Tom Curran 
(pic: Empics)

Hosts unveil 14-man squad for game at ECG

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Copyright: Erich Spiegelhalter/Schwarzwald

Embark on a three day round trip (including flights) during which you will taste local specialities such as the famous Black Forest Gateau, discover nature, absorb vibrant city culture, learn about technological innovations, indulge yourself in the plentiful wellness spas, take some shots on the golf course, and enjoy family fun at Germany’s largest theme park.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe