McClure brace fires Dagenham & Redbridge to victory
PUBLISHED: 16:58 05 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:58 05 September 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Northampton Town 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Dagenham & Redbridge picked up their first win of the league season thanks to two first half goals from Matt McClure.
After going behind midway through the first half, the striker struck twice before the break to put Daggers in front.
While they were unable to add to their lead after the break, the east Londoners held on to break also record their first win against Northampton Town.
The visitors made just two changes from the side that picked up their first win of the season at Cambridge United, with both coming in defence.
Joe Widdowson came in for left back Jack Connors, who is on international duty, while Nyron Nosworthy replaced Clevid Dikamona at centre back.
Northampton had the game’s first chance when in the eighth minute, Alfie Potter played the ball out wide to former Dagenham loanee Lawson D’Ath.
The midfielder crossed the ball to the near post for Potter, who turned and shot at goal, forcing Liam O’Brien to brilliantly tip the ball behind for a corner that was cleared.
And the hosts continued to have the best of the chances, with their control coming to fruition in the 23rd minute.
Widdowson’s poor clearance landed straight at the feet of D’Ath, who distributed the ball out to the right for Nicky Adams, who delivered the ball into the box.
There, it was met by Cobblers’ skipper Marc Richards who convincingly headed past Liam O’Brien to put his team in front.
Somewhat against the run of play, and with their first shot on target, Daggers drew themselves level through McClure.
Ashley Chambers produced a delightful crossfield pass to Ashley Hemmings, who ran down the left before crossing.
The ball drifted past Christian Doidge but his strike partner met it at the back post with a diving header to score for the third consecutive match.
And the goal scoring machine didn’t stop their, adding a second seven minutes before half time.
Kane Ferdinand looked to have lumped the ball hopelessly forward before Cobblers keeper Adam Smith and Rod McDonald couldn’t decide who should clear it.
The duo subsequently crashed into one another on the edge of the area, the ball falling to McClure who slotted into the empty net.
McClure could have even had a first half hat trick in the minutes before the break when played in by Hemmings.
But Smith came out quickly and was down at the feet of the striker to block his shot well and the ball was cleared.
Within the opening five minutes of the second half, it could have got even better for the east Londoners through Christian Doidge.
Hemmings again supplied a delightful pass that split open the hosts’ defence but the Welshman could only fire straight at Smith.
But Northampton were having their fair share of chances too, with O’Brien being called into action in the 60th minute.
Sam Hoskins let fire from 30 yards with a powerful effort that the Daggers stopper brilliantly tipped on to the crossbar on its way out for a corner.
It almost proved a costly miss for the hosts as Doidge thought he had put the Victoria Road club further ahead.
Hemmings’ corner from the right drifted the tall striker at the back post, who headed towards goal but saw his effort cleared off the line.
The hosts also saw an effort cleared off the line with just under 20 minutes remaining when Ryan Cresswell headed at goal.
But former Cobbler Widdowson was there to help his current side stay ahead, stopping the ball just as it was going in before clearing.
Seven minutes remained on the clock when Hemmings was presented with a glorious chance to seal the win after being found by Zavon Hines.
The skipper broke forward and had McClure and Doidge in support but rather than square to either of them, Hemmings fired it straight at the goalkeeper.
But it didn’t matter as Daggers picked up their first ever win over Northampton but more crucially their first three points of the season.
Daggers: O’Brien; Passley, Nosworthy, Obileye, Widdowson; Chambers (Hines 71), Ferdinand, Richards, Hemmings; Doidge, McClure (Dikamona 90+1)
Unused subs: Cousins, Cureton, Jones, Raymond
Attendance: 4,032 (including 121 Daggers fans)
Referee: Charles Breakspear
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