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After a hell of a journey the travelling Gateshead supporters saw their side get the game underway, however it wasn’t them who had the liveliest of starts as Dagenham had a couple of attacks within the first five minutes.

As they started to gain possession the visitors posed no threat going forward and became a danger to themselves; as a man in the Gateshead defence, in an attempt to pass it back to Hanford, he ends up putting it past him resulting in Hanford scrambling it off the line.

Approaching the ten-minute mark, Okenabirhie won a free – kick on the edge of the box; Howells floated it in and Ferrier headed goalward however it was academy product Joe White poked it home for his first goal for the Daggers on his full debut.

Youngster Mellish was surprised to be substituted sixteen minutes into the match and replaced by loanee from Boro Robbie Tinkler.

The visitors, finally pushing further upfield, won a free kick on the edge of the box conceded by Whitely; Hannant took with a bullet of low cross into the box was deflected by Lokko into the corner, eventually going down as an own goal, Gateshead had equalised.

From then on Dagenham pushed for a response as Howells won a free kick and whipped it in, Pennell was brought down however nothing was given! Gateshead began to dominate the latter part of the first half as Cousins was beaten but didn’t concede. Howells then had another free kick wasted; as the Daggers began to get frustrated they played long ball up to Ferrier which continued to fail. Then Ferrier ran at the panicked Gateshead defence where he got his reward as he was brought down by Byrne. It was he who took the spot kick and missed as he dinked it down the centre and rattled the bar! The fan favourite was put out of his misery when the half time whistle blew.

The fortunate Gateshead will feel they got lucky and neither side will feel they’ve got the edge in this match. Despite the hosts feeling they were hard done by they didn’t take their chances, unlike their opponents.Dagenham & Redbridge got the second half underway, and on the counter from Okenabirhie’s free – kick Hannant saw his cross roll straight across the face of goal. Pennell showed his dedication and determination as he went down injured, yet still stopped a goal scoring opportunity by heading the ball back to cousins whilst laying on his front!

Ferrier came close when his shot was tipped over at full – stretch by Hanford. The corner that followed was yet again wasted, Still must work on set pieces in training. Tinkler’s definite goal unbelievably stopped down low by Cousins; Mr Hair is having a terrible game today with every decision being the wrong one. Ferrier’s frustration grew and grew as a great run from Whitely was squared to Ferrier for an open goal, which was cleared off the line by Byrne; great defending.

Gateshead players were trying to run down the clock already and escape with a point- abuse broke out from the Daggers fans amid the subs warming up holding onto the ball. However, as it so often does the football did the talking as a Robinson cross was flicked on by Robson and put in by a relieved Ferrier to redeem himself from that earlier miss of a pen; the Daggers had gone in front just ten minutes from time.

Gateshead pushed hard for an equaliser and a chance came as Nunn conceded a free – kick right on the edge of the area but Cousins punched away. With only three minutes remaining on the clock Elliott Romain settled Daggers nerves but ruined Gateshead hope, as he gave his side a two - goal cushion and an almost guaranteed three points.

As the game came to a close, Cousins continued to hold the visitors shots well and as the full time whistle blew there was a cheer from the Victoria Road crowd it finished, Dagenham 3-1 Gateshead and continued the Daggers unbeaten start to the campaign.


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