Boreham Wood 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2: Daggers cut down Wood
PUBLISHED: 22:50 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 22:50 08 August 2017
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Dagenham & Redbridge made it back-to-back wins in the National League with a hard-fought success at Meadow Park.
Having beaten Barrow at home on the opening day of the new campaign, John Still’s men recorded another 2-1 victory on the road to make it six points out of six.
Barely two minutes had been played when Daggers took the lead as a mistake by Tom Champion was seized upon by Fejiri Okenabirhie, who slotted the ball past Grant Smith.
But Daggers were given a warning two minutes later when Angelo Balanta’s crossfield pass found Kane Smith and his curling cross was headed wide by Ricky Shakes.
There was no such let-off for the visitors on seven minutes, though, as Balanta played the ball through to Bruno Andrade, who was brought down in the box by Kevin Lokko to earn a penalty.
And Andrade picked himself up to smash the spot-kick past Mark Cousins and into the top corner to level.
Wood continued to push forward and Shakes snatched at a volleyed chance from a Smith cross, before Ryan Johnson headed over from Keiran Murtagh’s corner.
But Daggers went close to regaining the lead when Luke Pennell met a long throw-in from Sam Ling and saw a powerful header acrobatically pushed wide by Smith.
The visitors did not have much longer to wait to get their noses in front once again, though, as Corey Whitely curled an unstoppable free-kick past Smith from 25 yards.
And they had a chance of a third moments later when Champion’s back pass was handled by Smith, leading to an indirect free-kick inside the box, but Morgan Ferrier’s effort came back off the defensive wall.
Captain Craig Robson then saw a half volley rebound off a Wood defender before Smith tipped it wide and the keeper was equal to another attempt from Ferrier, whose well-struck shot after being released by Whitely was also pushed past a post on 33 minutes.
Former Dagger Paul Benson got a sight of goal for the hosts five minutes before the break, but could not direct Smith’s ball on target, and Murtagh’s speculative effort was simple for Cousins to field on 42 minutes.
But Daggers went close again when Ferrier broke on the wing found Okenabirhie in the box, who sliced wide.
And Okenabirhie had the first chance of the second half, but sent a speculative half volley over the bar on 49 minutes.
Murtagh was unable to find the target from Andrade’s dangerous cross at the other end three minutes later and Smith saw a 20-yard shot brush the woodwork before he also fired straight at Cousins from Benson’s through ball on the hour mark.
Andrade cut inside and forced Cousins to push another effort wide as Daggers continued to come under pressure and boss John Still sent Oliver Hawkins on for Ferrier midway through the second half, with Matt Robinson replacing Michael Cheek soon after.
Robinson forced Smith to tip over following a scramble in the box on 75 minutes, before Benson made way for Bradley Sach, who made a nuisance of himself to the Daggers defence.
And the home side mounted a late charge for a leveller, with Andrade missing the target four minutes from time after a break on the right before Wood were within an inch of getting back on terms during three minutes of injury time as Andrade saw a 25-yard drive come off the crossbar and bounce clear, while Sach flicked the ball over the Daggers keeper, only to see him recover and save.
Daggers: Cousins, Pennell, Robson, Ferrier (Hawkins 66), Okenabirhie (Howells 87), N’Gala, Boucaud, Lokko, Ling, Cheek (Robinson 73), Whitely.
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