Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Promising signs after unbeaten week

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2015

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring against Stevenage (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring against Stevenage (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog throughout the 2015/16 season

Last Saturday’s League Two fixture against Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage was a solid display for most of the match except for the last quarter, with the away side claiming a 74th minute equaliser.

The performance from Wayne Burnett’s team in the draw was much improved from what Daggers fans have seen so far this season, with the team pressing the opposition constantly and giving them no time or space on the ball.

The disappointing aspect however was the inability of the team to hold on for the win and be more clinical up front, with many players deciding not to have a shot at goal or miscuing their efforts on goal.

Saying that, supporters would have been extremely pleased with Ashley Hemmings’ wonderful shot from outside the box being blasted into the top left hand corner and equally impressed with his celebration of a front-flip.

Despite the team failing to gain all three points, Daggers still came away with yet another point, which turned out to be enough the lift the team off the bottom of the League Two table.

On Tuesday night Daggers faced fellow League Two outfit Cambridge United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round, with Daggers hoping to build on their performance.

Daggers made changes for the game with the most impressive of those coming in being that of left back Jack Connors, who throughout the whole game looked very calm and solid at the back, whilst also starting some very good attacking moves and connecting well with Hemmings down the left-hand side.

And it was Hemmings who shone throughout the game. The winger took the opportunity of being the captain for the night for Daggers and for the second match running he scored a superb effort from outside the box, this time falling on his so-called weaker right-foot, although you wouldn’t tell it.

The shot curled from outside the right-hand post into the top-right corner of the goal from 18 yards and sent the 94 travelling fans into raptures.

Daggers had the game wrapped up by half time when they doubled their lead through Matt McClure who got the final touch from Kane Ferdinand’s driven shot.

Dagenham travel to Sixfields this weekend to face Northampton, who come in off the back of a 3-2 victory over League One side Colchester in the JPT and currently sit 11th in League Two.

On the other hand though Daggers will be hopeful of claiming at least a point away from home with Northampton only gaining one point from their last three league games.

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