Dagenham & Redbridge held by Whitehawk
PUBLISHED: 16:02 06 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:06 07 December 2015
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FA Cup second round: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Whitehawk 1
Dagenham & Redbridge will have to do it all again against National League South side Whitehawk after conceding a late equaliser.
Having taken an early lead, Daggers looked well on their way to the third round of the FA Cup.
But for the second week in succession, a stoppage time equaliser proved a devastating blow for the east Londoners.
The hosts made four changes from the midweek league defeat at Morecambe with another switch between the sticks.
Mark Cousins returned in goal at the expense of Liam O’Brien, who in turn replaced last year’s player of the season runner-up for the trip to the Globe Arena.
There were also recalls to the starting XI for Nyron Nosworthy, Jodi Jones and Kyle Vassell with all three having overcome recent injuries.
Dagenham took the lead with just five minutes on the clock with the first shot on target in the game.
Josh Passley fizzed a low cross into the box to experienced striker Jamie Cureton, who turned his man in the box to create space.
Cureton strode forward to the edge of the six yard box before slotting past Craig Ross in the visitors’ goal to settle any nerves.
The hosts were very close to doubling their advantage four minutes later when they were awarded a free kick after Vassell was fouled 30 yards out.
Joss Labadie stepped up to take the set piece which looked destined for the top right corner before Ross pushed it over for a corner which came to nothing.
The game then proceeded to become something of a midfield battle, although the hosts were on top.
Jones was fouled on the left of the area in the 28th minute which resulted in a free kick for the hosts.
Skipper Andre Boucaud took it short, passing to James Dunne on the edge of the area who pushed his shot wide of the left post.
Whitehawk, though, were beginning to grow into the game and Danny Mills forced Cousins into action with a powerful effort 25 yards out in the 35th minute.
They went even closer five minutes later when Dean Leacock, formerly of Leyton Orient, headed a Sam Deering free kick onto the bar.
From the resulting melee, Arnaud Mendy thought he had headed in an equaliser only to see the linesman flagging for offside.
Daggers continued to look second best in the early portion of the second half and were lucky not to concede an equaliser in the 56th minute.
Jake Robinson played in strike partner Mills brilliantly with an overhead kick, only for the latter to sky his over into the away end.
Daggers continued to be on the back foot despite their lead and suffered another nervy moment 14 minutes from time.
Hawks substitute Dave Martin crossed from the left and found Mendy who narrowly volleyed past the right post.
Dagenham continued to count their blessings and were lucky to see Sam Deering’s cross drift narrowly wide of the left post in stoppage time.
But their luck finally ran out when with just seconds remaining the visitors grabbed the equaliser their play deserved.
Deering’s cross caused confusion in the home defence and replacement Jordan Rose headed in from close range.
The hosts could have no complaints with Hawks looking the better sides as Daggers continue to search for that first home win.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Nosworthy, Dikamona, Connors; Labadie, Boucaud, Dunne; Jones, Cureton (Doidge 90+3), Vassell (Chambers 80)
Unused subs: O’Brien, Raymond, Pask, Obileye, Hoyte
Attendance: 1,983 (including 536 Whitehawk fans)
Referee: Lee Swabey