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Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Grimsby Town
Two goals in stoppage-time sent Sky Bet League Two Grimsby Town spinning to a shock Emirates FA Cup first-round defeat against a Dagenham & Redbridge side who belittle their lowly position at the foot of the Vanarama National League.
With the pressure largely off and their domestic issues to one side, Daggers looked composed, comfortable and snatched an early advantage. Elliott Johnson picked out Scott Wilson, who in turn swept past Grimsby stopper, James McKeown, with less than ten minutes on the clock.
Matt Green passed up an opportunity to restore parity, sending an angled attempt the wrong side of an upright after Danny Preston had sent him clear. Meanwhile, Elliott Justham pushed over a close-range header from Mattie Pollock as the Mariners threat increased.
Kenny Clark blocked from Luke Waterfall, while Justham sprung to his left to deny Matt Green as the Daggers goal began to live a fairly charmed existence. However, the League Two side were almost in more trouble when Wilson was a whisker away after profiting from some slack defending.
But Grimsby continued to ask the sterner questions and they found themselves on terms with an hour on the clock.
Referee Craig Hicks adjudged Green to have been tripped by Kenny Clark – Owen Windsor squeezing the resulting spot-kick beyond the outstretched left-hand of Justham in the Daggers goal.
Sam Deering drove directly at McKeown, then sent another right-footed attempt against the outside of a post as the Daggers looked to regain a foothold. Grimsby redressed the balance – Harry Clifton drove at Justham, and substitute George Williams fired over as the visitors turned the screw.
Substitute George Saunders should have done better when provided with a late chance to win it for the Daggers. But the Vanarama National League’s bottom club were to get another opportunity.
Deering dispossessed before teeing up Wilson, who in turn, beat McKeown with aplomb.
And Dagenham wasn’t finished. Pollock fouled Myles Weston – Mitch Brundle doing the honours from the spot – Job done for Daryl McMahon’s side.
Dagenham & Redbridge return to Vanarama National League action on Tuesday, November 10 when they face Boreham Wood at Meadow Park (7pm).
Dagenham & Redbridge: Elliott Justham, Elliott Johnson, Luke Croll, Kenny Clark, Sam Deering, Mitch Brundle, Angelo Balanta (George Saunders 66’), Myles Weston, William Wright, Abu Ogogo (Capt) (Charlee Adams 85’), Scott Wilson (Darren McQueen 90+4’) Subs not used: Joshua Strizovic, Andrew Eleftheriou, Bailey Clements, Jaden Brissett
Booked: Abu Ogogo (foul)
Goals: Scott Wilson 9’, 90+1’ , Mitch Brundle (penalty) 90+6’
Grimsby Town: James McKeown (Capt), Luke Hendrie, Danny Preston, Danny Rose (Sean Scannell 87’), Luke Waterfall, Matt Green (George Williams 68’), Owen Windsor (Montel Gibson 81’), Harry Clifton, Mattie Pollock, James Morton, Kyle Bennett Subs not used: Ludvig Ohman, Ollie Battersby, Terry Tayor, Joe Starbuck
Goals: Owen Windsor (penalty) 60’
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Michael Webb and Paul Lister
Fourth Official: Lee Collins