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Ebbsfleet United v Dagenham & Redbridge – Vanarama National League – Kuflink Stadium – Report

Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge

Substitute Charley Kendall’s controversial late goal deep into stoppage time at the end of the match saw Dagenham & Redbridge through to a hard-earned 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet at the Kuflink Stadium.

The first chance of the match fell to Harry Phipps just after the start, when the Daggers defender volleyed wide from a corner, before a great move instigated by Fleet’s Dominic Poleon put Mattias Fanimo through on goal, only for Tom Eastman’s sliding tackle to deny the former West Ham trainee a clear shooting opportunity.

Phipps went close again when heading just over the bar from a further corner before Fleet keeper Mark Cousins tipped Freddie Sears’ effort past the post.  

Daggers started the second half brightly with Josh Hare finding himself in space to fashion an opportunity for Sears, only for the former Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town & Colchester United striker to drag his effort wide of the post.

Fleet continued to press forward looking for the opener but were unable to fashion a way past the solid Daggers defence.

Daggers went close again near the end when a well-struck effort from close range from David Longe-King was superbly palmed away by Cousins.

With four minutes added and the match looking to be heading towards a stalemate, after a frantic goalmouth scramble in the dying seconds, Kendall won it for the Daggers – getting the last touch with the Fleet defenders claiming the ball had not crossed the line before being scrambled away. The assistant referee, although some way away from the incident, confirmed it was fully over and the goal stood.

A hard-fought and well-earned win for Paul Strevens’ men that lifts Daggers into eighteenth place in the table.

Next up for Dagenham & Redbridge is a trip to Meadowbank Stadium next Saturday, November 4, to play Oxford City (3pm).

Ebbsfleet United: Cousins, Fanimo (Cundle 69’) O’Neill, Domi, Wright, Amoo (Odokonyero 63’) Tanner, Sterling-James (Chapman 69’) Solly, Poleon, Olagunju  Subs not used: Edser, Hollis

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham (Capt) Hare, Phipps, Eastman, Johnson, Page, Hessenthaler, Rees, Vincent (Longe-King 73’), Effiong, Sears (Kendall 81’) Sub not used: Francis-Clarke, Weston, Ling

Referee: Gareth Rhodes

Attendance: 1,605 (259 from Dagenham & Redbridge)