Dagenham & Redbridge through in Trophy
21:49 07 October 2015
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Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Stevenage 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Dagenham & Redbridge booked their spot in the area quarter-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with victory at Stevenage
After a dull first half, the game sparked into life after the break with Daggers taking a two-goal lead.
Despite a late fightback from Boro, the east Londoners were able to cling on to a vital win.
The visitors made the maximum five changes they could as per competition rules with Frankie Raymond making his first start of the season.
Justin Hoyte made his debut in defence, replacing Jack Connors who like skipper Andre Boucaud is on international duty.
With Boucaud, Ashley Hemmings regained the armband having worn it twice during the previous international period.
Nine minutes were on the clock when Jodi Jones made his first real foray with attacking attent.
The youngster put a teasing little ball in from the right but Kane Ferdinand just lacked the pace to get there in time to divert it into the net.
Daggers then struggled to get the ball into attacking areas with Stevenage taking advantage and twice testing Liam O’Brien in quick succession.
Stevenage suffered a blow to their chances in the 19th minute when skipper and right back Ronnie Henry was forced off with injury.
Hemmings soon took the chance to test his replacement Fraser Franks, beating the defender for pace before whipping the ball in from the left.
Jamie Cureton was busting a gut to reach the ball at the back post but it narrowly missed the evergreen striker and the chance was gone.
Again, though, the game seemed to follow a similar pattern with the visitors inviting pressure onto them after a half chance.
Ben Kennedy rolled the ball to Tom Conlon 25 yards out who produced a stinger that O’Brien could only beat away with half an hour gone.
From a corner, Daggers were able to break up field with Ashley Chambers bursting forward.
The attacker finally unleashed a shot 18 yards out from goal, forcing Chris Day into action.
Josh Passley worked hard to reach the ball but his touch was poor and it dribbled out for a goal kick.
Daggers went close again on the stroke of half time with Chambers again the creative spark.
Chambers sped forward at pace, passing to Jones just inside the area who cut inside but flashed the ball just over as the half ended goalless.
Daggers first real effort after the break came when Hoyte bolted forward from left back.
The former Arsenal man passed inside to Hemmings who shot first time into the arms of Day.
Stevenage then quickly broke up the pitch themselves but Brett Williams could only push his shot wide.
It was Dagenham who finally made the breakthrough when Cureton beat his fellow 40-year-old in the 53rd minute.
The evergreen frontman was played in thanks to a delightful ball from Chambers, who was looking lively.
Cureton then curled the ball into the net beyond Day in front of the visiting fans who quickly burst into song.
They always talk about hammering home your advantage and the visitors did exactly that three minutes later.
Cureton latched onto a long ball forward into the box and repaid the favour to Chambers by slotting the ball into his path.
The midfielder did the rest, shooting high into the net to further increase the volume in the away.
Once again, the action petered out before the hosts were thrown a lifeline with just over 10 minutes to go.
Kane Ferdinand nudged one of the Boro players in the back in the box and Ben Kennedy slotted the subsequent spot kick.
Despite conceding, Daggers had a glorious chance to seal the win when Christian Doidge sped forward with five minutes left.
The Welshman marauded into the box before colliding with Day on the floor and the ball spilled to Chambers.
He cut inside onto his left and fired at goal from 12 yards but saw his effort cleared off the line by Mark Hughes.
But Daggers survived the final minutes without conceding again for just their third win of the season.
Daggers: O’Brien; Passley, Nosworthy, Dikamona (Obileye 46), Hoyte; Ferdinand, Raymond; Jones (Mulraney 55), Chambers, Hemmings; Cureton (Doidge 81)
Subs: Cousins, Yusuff
Attendanche: 1,401 (including 123 Daggers fans)
Referee: Darren Drysdale