Dagenham crash out of FA Cup with defeat to Salford City

Callum Reynolds of Dagenham and Redbridge and Andy Smith of Salford City during Dagenham & Redbridge

Callum Reynolds of Dagenham and Redbridge and Andy Smith of Salford City - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

An early header from Jordan Turnbull meant Dagenham & Redbridge crashed out in the first round of the FA Trophy at the hands of League Two Salford City.

The game was however overshadowed when it was ground to a halt in the 89th minute due to a supporter needing medical attention at Victoria Road before play resumed shortly after.

Matt Robinson of Dagenham and Redbridge goes close during Dagenham & Redbridge vs Salford City, Emir

Matt Robinson of Dagenham and Redbridge goes close against Salford City - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

It was a nightmare start for the hosts Dagenham as Salford opened the scoring in the third minute of play when Turnbull headed home a Liam Shephard's cross.

The hosts had chances to equalise but Callum Reynolds could only hit a post.

However, there were worrying scenes at Victoria Road late on when medics and stewards quickly rushed on to the pitch to help a supporter, who had suffered a head injury and was later carried off on a stretcher to gain further treatment.

Mauro Vilhete of Dagenham and Redbridge and Andy Smith of Salford City during Dagenham & Redbridge v

Mauro Vilhete of Dagenham and Redbridge and Andy Smith of Salford City - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

The win takes Salford, 19th in League Two, into round two for a second consecutive season; they went out to Newport County at that phase in 2020-21.

However, they had to work hard for the win - Salford goalkeeper Connor Ripley did well to keep out Myles Weston's angled strike and Matt Robinson's low effort in the first half.

Myles Weston of Dagenham and Redbridge during Dagenham & Redbridge vs Salford City, Emirates FA Cup

Myles Weston of Dagenham and Redbridge against Salford City - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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After the break, the Daggers continued to create chances, but Angelo Balanta twice shot at Ripley, who also tipped a George Saunders shot over the bar.

Following the medical incident, there were 10 minutes of added time, but the hosts could not force a cup replay.

Salford have never made it into the third round of the FA Cup, also losing in the second round in 2015-16.


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