Search

Hemmings helps Daggers pick up solid point at Cambridge United

21:54 27 January 2015

Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United and Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge battle for the ball (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United and Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge battle for the ball (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

Sky Bet League Two: Cambridge United 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Dagenham & Redbridge's Andre Boucaud tries to block Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United's cross (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge's Andre Boucaud tries to block Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United's cross (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge were able to achieve something Manchester United couldn’t at the Abbey Stadium, but were unable to pick up all three points against Cambridge United.

Callum McGeehan put Wayne Burnett’s team behind in the first half, but the Victoria Road outfit responded brilliantly and Ashley Hemmings ended their poor form in front of goal to earn a point.

Louis van Gaal’s team were unable to find the net at the Abbey Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday and theh draw moves Daggers out of the bottom two.

Meanwhile,their performance was a vast improvement from Northampton Town and is something to build on in the remaining 19 games this season.

Dagenham & Redbridge's Ayo Obileye blocks Cambridge United's Cameron McGeehan's shot (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge's Ayo Obileye blocks Cambridge United's Cameron McGeehan's shot (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Burnett made three changes to the team defeated at Northampton Town 10 days ago with Luke Howell making his first start since Boxing Day, whilst Joe Widdowson was handed a full debut since signing a contract until the end of the campaign.

Jamie Cureton also returned to the team to start alongside Rhys Murphy as Daggers looked to improve their current poor record in front of goal.

Joss Labadie and Alex Jakubiak dropped to the bench, whilst surprisingly Jack Connors was left out all together despite impressing over the past month.

Mark Cousins had a lucky escape three minutes into the game after a heavy touch allowed U’s Tom Elliot to tackle him, but fortunately the ball rolled wide with the goal open.

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Andre Boucaud after scoring the equaliser against Cambridge United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Andre Boucaud after scoring the equaliser against Cambridge United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

It was a mad opening five minutes for the normally reliable Daggers number one as he made a hash of two more clearances – smashing one against a home player as the visitors tried to break.

But Burnett’s team settled afterwards and enjoyed a decent spell of possession and a nice move involving Howell, Murphy and Hemmings gave Billy Bingham a chance to test Chris Dunn.

However he dragged his effort wide – but it was an encouraging beginning for the away team with Hemmings also having a shot wide inside the opening 10 minutes.

Although early on it was notable that Daggers were making more of an effort to shoot when given a chance and it was a positive philosophy to adopt.

The visitors had made an encouraging start, but they were undone mid-way in the first period by a clever corner routine from the hosts.

Ryan Donaldson fizzed the set piece into the area, Michael Nelson flicked it on and McGeehan volleyed past Cousins from close range.

It was harsh on Daggers as they had made an encouraging start, but they tried to respond instantly, but just lacked quality in the final third.

First Damian Batt overhit a cross after racing into the box before Murphy was tackled brilliantly by Nelson just as he tried to get a shot off.

Cureton also had a volley go over the bar as the away team immediately pressed for an equalising goal.

The forward had another decent effort just before the half hour mark after Bingham picked him out excellently. Cureton volleyed over the bar, though, and his strike partner Murphy wasn’t impressed.

Cambridge were forced into an early change 10 minutes before the break as Harrison Dunk limped off to be replaced by Ryan Bird.

Daggers continued to push for a goal and Murphy and Boucaud linked up well before the latter curled wide from outside the area.

Murphy was having a prominent role in proceedings at the Abbey Stadium, getting on the ball in good areas and looking like his old self.

Obileye made an important block shortly before the interval after McGeehan had brilliantly dribbled past Bingham and Burnett’s team were unable to conjure up a real clear cut opportunity after that and it was 1-0 to the hosts at half time

Again Daggers started the half with good intent and had a superb chance to equalise out of nothing in the 49th minute.

Cureton latched onto Scott Doe’s long ball and, alongside Bingham, forced Cambridge to hurry their clearance.

The ball dropped nicely for Murphy on the edge but Richard Tait blocked his goalbound volley and Howell fired wide from the resulting corner.

But Daggers wait for a goal was to come to an end soon and the man that got it fully deserved to score.

Hemmings received the ball surrounded by three home players and yet still managed to win a free-kick just on the edge of the box on the right side.

Boucaud delivered a fantastic curled free-kick and Hemmings’ flick header was perfect and it beat Dunn to level the scores in the 61st minute.

Daggers had started the half with great intent and deserved their equaliser. They were fired up now and Murphy fired over shortly afterwards.

Burnett’s team were passing the ball with better intent now and putting crosses with more quality into the box.

Cambridge still posed a threat, though, and looked dangerous in particular from set pieces and roared on by their passionate crowd, they came back into the match.

Doe cleared an effort from Nelson off the line with 13 minutes remaining after another threatening corner before Abu Ogogo made his first team return.

Jakubiak was also introduced as the game entered the final 10 minutes with both teams pushing to get a winner.

Daggers had chances with Hemmings firing straight at Dunn from distance, but it finished 1-1 and that was the fairest result for both teams.

Cambridge United: Dunn, Tait, Taylor, Coulson, Donaldson (Chadwick 57, Champion, Elliot, Dunk (Bird 35), Nelson, Ball (Kaikai 66), McGeehan.

Unused substitutes: Norris, Miller, Hunt, Simpson.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Obileye, Doe, Widdowson, Bingham, Howell (Ogogo 79), Boucaud (Labadie 87), Hemmings, Cureton (Jakubiak 82), Murphy.

Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Chambers, Jones.

Attendance: 4,068 (128 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).

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

39 minutes ago
James Peagram scored four goals for Barking against Hullbridge Sports (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Blues boss hopes for better overall showing from hitman despite scoring four against Hullbridge Sports

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini

The Hammers could have been thumped by Manchester City but came away with pride intact

West Ham United's Michail Antonio scores his side's first goal of the game

Who was our man of the match at the Etihad?

10:30
Frankie Raymond of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-0 loss away to Sutton United

08:15
Barking's four-goal hero James Peagram attacks against Hullbridge (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Essex Senior League: Barking 4 Hullbridge Sports 2

Yesterday, 20:34
Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge mishits his shot under pressure from Dean Beckwith (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers manager knows visitors created more than enough to earn a draw at U’s

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge and Simon Downer of Sutton United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League: Sutton United 1 (Hudson-Odoi 11) Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Yesterday, 11:00
Barking's Glen Golby saw a late effort hit the post in his side's FA Cup exit at Stanway Rovers (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Bluess boss calls on defence to shut out rivals

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

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