AFC Fylde 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2: Late man Ling saves Daggers

PUBLISHED: 17:06 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06 19 August 2017

Sam Ling of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Sam Ling of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Sam Ling headed an injury-time equaliser to extend Dagenham & Redbridge’s unbeaten start to the National League season.

John Still’s men looked set to be returning from the north west empty-handed when Simon Grand headed the home side in front with four minutes to play.

But defender Ling converted from a corner in the fourth minute of stoppage time to ensure honours finished even.

The visitors made a bright start at Mill Farm and Sam Ling’s low cross was cleared by Jordan Tunnicliffe, before Mark Cousins did well to hold on to a shot from the home side’s Jack Muldoon.

The Coasters applied more pressure in the opening minutes and Sam Finley’s dangerous cross was headed over by Muldoon. Then Cousins did well to cut out a low cross from Danny Rowe, as Henry Jones prepared to pounce on 10 minutes.

But Daggers fell behind four minutes later when Andy Bond picked out Jones with his cross and the striker did well to control the ball and beat Cousins.

The pair combined again on 18 minutes, but Jones could not take this latest chance created by Rowe and Daggers were reprieved.

But Still’s men struggled to retain any decent possession of their own and Ling did well to clear a dangerous ball from Zaine Francis-Angol.

Morgan Ferrier did well to earn Daggers a corner, then had a chance on the break only to be denied by Rhys Taylor in the home goal.

And the striker was thwarted again on 36 minutes when Corey Whitely’s cross found him at the far post, before Fylde’s Lewis Montrose saw his powerful shot deflected behind.

Matt Robinson tried his luck from long range four minutes before the break, sending his attempt off-target, but Daggers were back on level terms in first-half stoppage time as Ferrier found himself in space to slot home his second goal of the campaign.

Fylde began the second half with an early chance from a Jones short corner, but Daggers cleared and then saw Fejiri Okenabirhie fouled by Bond, who was booked for the challenge.

The hosts had penalty claimed waved away by the referee when Simon Grand went down in the box on 52 minutes, but Daggers then had their first notable attack of the half three minutes later when Michael Cheek broke on the right and forced Taylor to put his shot behind for a corner.

Whitely broke on the right moments later but could only fire his shot into the side netting and Cheek was booked for a foul on Montrose.

Taylor then saved at the second attempt from a Whitely free-kick on 65 minutes, before Ferrier beat Bond for pace but saw his effort come back off the crossbar.

Whitely’s ball into the box on 70 minutes almost found Oliver Hawkins at the far post, but Muldoon then attemped a bicycle kick at the other end which was safely saved by Cousins.

Ferrier was denied by an offside flag as he looked to go through on goal, while Rowe launched an attack on Fylde’s left but saw his cross blocked.

The home side then regained the lead when Grand connected with a corner and looked set for their first win of the campaign as they protected their lead for most of the five minutes of injury time, before Ling saved the day for Daggers.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Pennell, Robson, Robinson, Ferrier, Okenabirhie, N’Gala, Boucaud, Ling, Cheek, Whitely. Subs: Justham, Hawkins, Lokko, White, Howells.

Attendance: 1,590.

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