Search

Dagenham & Redbridge held to draw

16:58 29 August 2015

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham is congratulated by Jodi Jones after scoring the opening goal during (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham is congratulated by Jodi Jones after scoring the opening goal during (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 8450 946026

Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Stevenage 1

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham and Redbridge with a presentation to celebrate his 40th birthday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jamie Cureton of Dagenham and Redbridge with a presentation to celebrate his 40th birthday (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge’s wait for a first win this season goes on as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage.

Ashley Hemmings fired Daggers in to the lead with a sensational strike midway through the first half.

Ayo Obileye of Dagenham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Ayo Obileye of Dagenham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

But slack defending allowed Boro to haul themselves back in to the game and earn a point on a wet afternoon in east London.

The hosts made just one chance which was enforced with Jamie Cureton, who turned 40 on Friday, replacing the suspended Matt McClure.

Kane Ferdinand of Dagenham and Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Kane Ferdinand of Dagenham and Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

But the positive team news came from the bench, with Zavon Hines named in a matchday squad for the first time since March 2014.

Dagenham began the match brightly, with their first chance falling in just the second minute.

A long ball forward was headed in to Cureton’s path by Christian Doidge and the evergreen frontman burst in to the box.

Cureton then slid the ball back across the area to Doidge on the penalty spot but his effort was blocked by Mark Hughes.

Less than a minute later, Jodi Jones was hacked down on the right corner of the area and was awarded a free kick.

The youngster picked himself up to take it and flighted it over the wall well but into the grateful arms of Stevenage’s debutant goalkeeper Jesse Joronen.

Daggers were creating the best of the chances but nearly had their hands burned for not taking them with 23 minutes gone.

Boro’s Chris Whelpdale cut in from the right and crossed in the box, only to see the ball deflected high by Joe Widdowson.

It drew Liam O’Brien out of his goal but the keeper was beaten to the ball by visiting striker Brett Williams, who thankfully headed wide to keep the scores level.

Thankfully, though, the hosts were able to take the lead with 16 minutes left in the first half through Ashley Hemmings.

Andre Boucaud passed to the winger in the middle of the park 25 yards out who dummied past two defenders.

With nothing seemingly on, Hemmings left fly and the ball zoomed in to the top left corner with his trademark somersaults following.

The hosts were looking comfortable in the lead and could have doubled their advantage.

But with five minutes left in the half, they had O’Brien to thank for keeping them ahead with an unreal stop.

Diving to his left to save a shot, Williams prodded to his right just in front of the keeper who somehow got a hand to it before Widdowson cleared off the line.

Cureton nearly gave himself the perfect birthday present in the dying minutes of the first half.

The veteran forward met Jones’ cross from the right well but could only head on to Hughes and the ball went over for a corner.

After a somewhat slow start to the second half, the East Londoners had two efforts in quick succession cleared off the line.

Jones passed to Cureton 10 yards out who struck low at goal but his effort was rebounded in to his path by a defender.

With his second effort, Cureton tried to curl one in with his left foot only to see the ball headed off the line by Fraser Franks.

Those misses proved costly as Stevenage pulled themselves with 15 minutes to go in the match.

A ball in to the box was headed back across goal by Williams and turned home from six yards by Tom Hitchcock past a despairing O’Brien.

Daggers had chances to net a winner late on but they fluffed their lines as the wait goes on for the Football League’s second-bottom club.

Daggers: O’Brien; Passley, Nosworthy (Dikamona 64), Obileye, Widdowson; Jones (Hines 79), Boucaud, Ferdinand, Hemmings; Doidge, Cureton

Unused subs: Cousins, Connors, Chambers, Richards, Hamalainen

Attendance: 1,653 (including 320 Stevenage fans)

Referee: Tim Robinson

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

13:00

Blues boss knows United will be tough opposition despite struggling in league

10:00

Daggers’ efforts should have been dealt with better by Whites according to manager

08:00

Squad claim Division Two honours in South Essex Cross-Country League

Yesterday, 17:30

Brothers bidding to add to club honours

Yesterday, 17:00

All of the Blues’ goals against Lodge came in the closing minutes of each half

Yesterday, 16:00

Members among prizes at South Essex League fixture

Yesterday, 14:30

Club pick up karate medals in Kent

Yesterday, 13:00

Daggers forward says result was of greater significance than grabbing first goal of second spell at club

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now