Deadly Daggers thrash Magpies

Dagenham & Redbridge v Maidenhead United – Vanarama National League – Chigwell Construction Stadium – Report

Dagenham & Redbridge 4-1 Maidenhead United 

Two goals in each half saw Dagenham & Redbridge ease their relegation concerns with their first Vanarama National League victory in three matches – a resounding 4-1defeat of Maidenhead United at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Daggers took the lead in the thirty-second minute when Sam Ling’s run set up Josh Rees to lay the ball off to makeshift striker Harry Phipps to fire home from close range.

Just four minutes later, Phipps and Lewis Page combined on the left to play in Rees to slot the ball into the bottom of the corner past Maidenhead keeper Craig Ross to double Daggers’ advantage.

After a strong start to the second half, Alan Devonshire’s side were unfortunate not to pull one back four minutes in when Casey Petit’s effort cannoned against the crossbar with Elliot Justham beaten however their determination to claw their way back into the match paid off when Tristram Abrahams cut in from the right past the Daggers defence to fire home – via the upright – in the sixty-sixth minute.  

After Tom Eastman’s volley was adjudged by referee Sam Mulhall to have deflected off a Maidenhead arm, Ryan Hill made no mistake from the resultant spot kick to make it 3-1 to the East Londoners in the eighty-fourth minute.

Page completed the rout in the last minute, smartly finishing into the bottom corner past Ross to round off an emphatic win for Ben Strevens’ men, who return to Vanarama National League action next Saturday when Oldham Athletic are the visitors to the Chigwell Construction Stadium (3pm).

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham (Capt) Ling, Longe-King, Eastman, Page, Appiah-Forson, Hessenthaler, Rees (Nkrumah 90+1’) Hill (Kedwell 84’) Pereira (Lawless 88’) Phipps Subs not used: Hare, Remy

Maidenhead United: Ross, Asare, Massey (Capt) Ferdinand, Beckwith, De Havilland, Nathaniel-George, Pettit (Adams 79′) Smith, Barratt (Zimba 73′) Abrahams Subs not used: McCoulsky, Mitchell-Lawson, Clerima

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Assistants: Mark Chalkley & Alexander Skipp

Fourth Official: Michael Hayden

Attendance: 1,413