Old boys combine to down Daggers
16:57 12 December 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Crawley Town 3 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Dagenham & Redbridge were undone by two of their former players as they still look for their first league win against Crawley Town in the league.
After a slow start, Daggers looked to be growing into the game before conceding twice just before half time.
Despite two goals from a half time substitute in a mad five minutes at the end, the visitors were unable to triumph.
There were two changes for the visitors, with Joe Widdowson regaining the left back berth from Jack Connors.
Justin Hoyte came in on other side, pushing Josh Passley into a more advanced role on the right of midfield.
Hoyte’s inclusion meant a change in formation, with club captain Andre Boucaud dropping to bench and Joss Labadie wearing the armband.
The east Londoners also came up against two of their former strikers with Matt Harrold and Rhys Murphy starting for Crawley.
And it was Murphy who had the hosts troubled early on when he tried to latch on to Gwion Edwards’ cross from the right in the 13th minute.
Nyron Nosworthy had other ideas, though, producing a great last ditch tackle to deny the striker with the ball going behind for a corner before being eventually cleared.
Six minutes later and Daggers had their first menacing attack of the game with Hoyte striding forward down the right.
The full back played a one-two with Jamie Cureton on the edge of the box before chipping the ball across the face of the goal.
Sadly no visiting player was in position to turn the ball into the net when any touch would have given them the lead and the chance was gone.
Daggers went even closer in the 25th minute when Passley whipped a delicious ball in from the right after a quick counter.
Cureton met the ball at the back post, but there was perhaps just a touch to much pace on the ball as it flew into the stand behind.
Passley was proving to be a menace in a more advanced role and delivered another great ball in the 33rd minute.
Again he found Cureton in the middle of the area who shot at goal, but saw his effort blocked by Josh Yorweth before being saved by Darryl Flahavan.
The misses proved costly as the Reds took the lead with five minutes to go until half time through Harrold.
Edwards crossed from the right and Hoyte’s header was ineffectual, giving the former Dagger the time he needed to fire home first time against his former club.
Harrold was swiftly followed onto the scoresheet by his fellow former Dagger Murphy in the final minute of the half.
Hancox crossed from the left and Murphy was free to head past Mark Cousins from the middle of the box to undo Daggers’ good work in the first half.
The visitors were hoping for a swift response in the second half and almost got one in the 53rd minute.
Passley again found space to whip the ball in from the right and again found Cureton, who smacked the crossbar from five yards with the goal at his mercy.
Daggers were perhaps lucky to avoid conceding a penalty in the 65th minute when Clevid Dikamona looked to be all over Harrold in the box.
The visitors then broke quickly downfield with the ball reaching Cureton inside the hosts’ area.
Cureton looked to have wasted the chance by taking it wide but laid it back for half time replacement Christian Doidge who smashed home from close range.
That goal gave the visitors hope of a comeback that was nearly checked in the 76th minute when Gwion Edwards headed over from close range after a corner.
It was definitely stopped eight minutes from time when Murphy doubled up with a strike from 25 yards.
But Daggers were not done just yet, pulling another goal back with five minutes remaining.
Passley again delivered a delightful ball in from the right after a quick counter from the visitors.
Again he found Cureton who this time found the net to set up a tense ending to the fixture.
But there was to be no happy ending for Dagenham, who only remain above the drop zone on goal difference.
Daggers: Cousins: Hoyte, Nosworthy, Dikamona, Widdowson; Passley, Labadie, Dunne, Jones; Cureton, Vassell (Doidge 46)
Unused subs: O’Brien, Connors, Boucaud, Chambers, Pask, Obileye
Attendance: 1,843 (including 145 Daggers fans)
Referee: Brendan Malone