National League: Bromley 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 24 November 2018
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Goals in each half from Conor Wilkinson and Angelo Balanta saw Daggers make it back-to-back wins in the National League on Saturday.
Having beaten Fylde at Victoria Road a week earlier, Peter Taylor’s men ensured another maximum point haul at Hayes Lane and a fourth win in five outings to boost their hopes of staying in the division this season.
Captain Ben Nunn tried a speculative effort from long range on five minutes, which didn’t do enough to test David Gregory in the home goal, but Luke Pennell was coming under pressure from Jack Barham in the early stages at the other end.
A good cross from Nunn found Balanta, but he could not get enough on the ball to find the target, before Alex McQueen’s ball into the box found Harry Phipps, who tried to head down for Wilkinson, but saw the home defence clear the danger.
Manny Onariase produced a superb block to deny Barham on 13 minutes and Daggers then took the lead when McQueen’s low corner found Wilkinson, who found the net from close range.
Justham pushed out Barham’s well-struck attempt as Bromley looked to get quickly back on terms, while Jack Holland headed over from Richard Brindley’s cross.
Ben Goodliffe then cleared another dangerous ball from Brindley, before Barham fired a good chance over from Joe Quigley’s pass, after a slip by Onariase.
The home side remained on top, with John Goddard’s deep cross finding Marc-Anthony Okoye, who shot over, and Quigley fired well wide on 34 minutes after finding space to shoot just outside the box.
But Wilkinson called Gregory into action from long range before Daggers had a let-off four minutes before the break when Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe beat his man and squared for Quigley, who sent the ball well wide.
Daggers had a chance to double their lead straight from the restart when a well-worked move saw McQueen find Phipps, but he couldn’t direct his shot goalwards.
Balanta could not beat Gregory after making space for himself on 52 minutes, before Bromley replaced Goddard with George Porter.
And Daggers continued to defend deeply, repelling countless attacks from the Ravens and protecting their slender lead as Porter’s header missed the target before the hour mark and Okoye wasted a great chance on 62 minutes.
Taylor sent Chike Kandi on for Wilkinson in his first change of the day, with Phipps well off-target with an attempt from outside of the box soon after.
Another dangerous ball into the box from Brindley went to waste for Bromley, before Justham produced two excellent saves to deny the hosts.
Adam Mekki called the Daggers custodian into action to palm away his curling effort with a quarter of an hour remaining, with Onariase booked for kicking the ball away soon after.
But Kandi tested Gregory at the other end, beating his marker and trying to curl the ball past the keeper, who got down to save, before Balanta did manage to bend his shot past the Bromley custodian for the second Daggers goal with six minutes left.
Justham tipped over a header from Ogedi-Uzokwe, before Balanta made way for Tomi Adeloye in the final minutes and Barham skied a chance over the bar.
And although Bromley piled on the pressure during four minutes of stoppage time, Daggers held on for a fine win and will look to make it three in a row when they return to Victoria Road to host Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday.
Dagenham: Justham, Nunn, Onariase, Goodliffe, Pennell, Robinson, Phipps, McQueen, Munns (Gordon 83), Balanta (Adeloye 87), Wilkinson (Kandi 65). Unused subs: Moore, Wright.
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