Dagenham & Redbridge boss Ben Strevens admitted he was 'gutted' not to win at AFC Fylde, having let a first-half lead slip.

Inih Effiong gave Daggers the lead at Mill Farm, with his fifth goal of the campaign.

But an own goal from Harry Phipps 14 minutes from time handed the home side a share of the spoils, allowing them to climb off the bottom of the National League table at the expense of Kidderminster Harriers.

"It was a really tough game in really tricky conditions," Strevens told the club website.

"I was sitting up in the stand but the wind was swirling all over the place for both teams. It was really difficult.

"We saw a lot of balls going off the pitch, going through both ends, because it was never really one way.

"I'm gutted we haven't won the game, obviously being 1-0 up for a long part of the game and the manner we've conceded the goal and also the couple of real big chances we've had to get the second goal in the game to win it.

"Even late at the end. But I have to say Lingy [Sam Ling], from the chance he should maybe score in the 90th minute, has made an amazing recovery run and tackle when they was through as well.

"It's a draw away from home, we knew it wasn't going to be easy, we knew conditions were going to be tough.

"We've got to be fully focused now heading into the home game we follow this up with [v Eastleigh on Boxing Day]."

Effiong had gone four games without finding the net, since hitting the target in a 3-1 win at Dorking Wanderers.

But the 32-year-old popped up to convert a pass from Ryan Hill five minutes before half-time and Strevens said he was always confident the big striker would get back on track.

"Inih isn't one of those forwards that goes three, four, five games without a goal," he added.

"We knew it was only a matter of time before the goals come for him.

"We're really pleased for him and he probably thinks I moan at him all the time about being in the box to get those tap ins.

"If you work hard like he is, especially in that first half, putting himself around, being a real physical presence, you want to get those tap ins and just reward.

"Hilly did really well on the edge of the box and drove it across and Inih arrived at the back stick, so really pleased for him getting back on the scoresheet."

Strevens also had praise for Frank Vincent, who played out of position at left-back in the absence of Lewis Page and Elliott Johnson.

"I thought he did really well," he said.

"We worked on things the other day. We knew Pagey had been unwell and we knew he wouldn't be available, Johnno has been carrying something pretty much the whole season so we've known the moments are going to come when Johnno is not available.

"We worked in training on Thursday in terms of Tavs [Nik Tavares] being full back one side and Lingy the other, but Tavs just wasn't able to be here, he felt it slightly again.

"Vinny said to me I've played left-back before gaffer, I'll play there and I thought he did really well. It just shows his mentality.

"He's probably one of the ones to play in a wide or central attacking role and he's ended up doing a job at left-back and I thought for the most part he has done really well there, out of position, doing a job for the team."