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Dagenham & Redbridge held to draw

PUBLISHED: 16:56 07 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:00 07 November 2015

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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FA Cup first round: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Morecambe 0

FA Cup first round: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Morecambe 0

Dagenham & Redbridge made it six straight draws at home in the FA Cup following a dull goalless draw with fellow League Two side Morecambe.

The first half was distinctly bereft of any clear cut chance from either side as the magic of the cup went missing.

While the second half livened up, neither team could find a way past two resolute defences.

The hosts made four changes from last week’s 2-0 League Two loss at home to Luton Town with Mark Cousins making a first start for over two months in goal.

Kyle Vassell, who only joined on loan from League One side Peterborough United on Friday, made his first start up top.

With regular skipper Andre Boucaud once again among the substitutes, Ashley Hemmings wore the armband.

It took until the eighth minute for either team to register a shot on target with Cousins called into action.

Morecambe forward Shaun Miller burst forward before passing to Aaron Wildig but his effort from the edge of the area was well saved.

Cousins’ opposite number Barry Roche had to be alert 11 minutes later when Jamie Cureton pounced on a miskick by Andy Parrish.

The veteran striker’s touch was too heavy, allowing Roche to chance to rush off his line and clear.

Jake Mulraney was the next to test Roche in the 28th minute after being picked out by Cureton in the box.

Mulraney beat his man before firing hard at the Irishman who pushed the ball behind for a corner that came to nothing.

Cousins had a nervous moment in the 44th minute when he went to clear his lines after the ball was played back to him.

Instead of finding a team mate, Cousins smacked Shrimps striker Tom Barkhuizen square in the face and watched as the ball went just wide.

The first shot in the second half came eight minutes after the break when Joss Labadie let fly from 25 yards.

Labadie ran forward from midfield and heeded the crowd’s calls to shoot but his effort sailed high over the bar.

Two minutes later Daggers went close again to finding the game’s opener after Labadie played the ball into Hemmings.

It was a delightful touch from the winger to play the ball back across goal but no team mate was there to tap in.

Fluffing those chances almost proved costly as less than three minutes later, Alan Goodall went close to scoring for Morecambe from 30 yards.

They also had Cousins to thank for keeping the scores level less than two minutes later.

Barkhuizen headed a corner from the right at goal but the Dagenham keeper got down low to turn it behind for another set piece.

Cousins again had to be at his best in the 64th minute, this time to deny Kevin Ellison with a header.

The effort took a nick off the head of Justin Hoyte on its way to goal but Cousins reacted well to save.

Morecambe again tested Cousins with little more than 20 minutes remaining, this time through Lee Molyneux.

The substitute powered an effort at goal from 30 yards which Cousins fumbled before gathering at second attempt.

Despite being under pressue, Daggers almost took the lead in the 72nd minute through Hoyte.

The defender made a great run from right back and played a one-two with Vassell on the edge of the box before seeing his shot saved by Roche.

Cureton was ready to take advantage of the rebound but could only direct his header wide.

But the game ended scoreless, forcing the need for both teams to have to do it all again at the Globe Arena.

Daggers: Cousins; Hoyte, Nosworthy, Obileye, Connors; Mulraney (Jones 80), Dunne, Labadie, Hemmings; Cureton (McClure 80), Vassell

Unused subs: O’Brien, Passley, Dikamona, Boucaud, Chambers

Attendance: 900 (including 105 Morecambe fans)

Referee: Tim Robinson

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