Home V Halifax

Saturday 16th September
Home V Halifax - National League
After consecutive narrow defeats against Hartlepool and Sutton, Dagenham & Redbridge were eager to bounce back against high – flying Halifax at Victoria Road.

Halifax got proceedings underway at the home of the Daggers; however it was the home side who started the liveliest on a bright Saturday afternoon in Essex. With a string of attacks from Dagenham including a Whitely corner that worried the Halifax defence but was cleared to safety. The Shaymen began to get into the game with a great strike from Kosylo being kept out well by Cousins. Their brief spell continued as Mcdonald’s cross was caught by Cousins who was called into action again.
That brief spell from the visitors was soon over as a great run from Ferrier was set back to Ling who in the end saw his shot pea – roll wide. However, the Daggers continued to pile on the pressure as a great delivery from Whitely was met by Howells, but not very well as it posed no threat to Johnson. The Daggers had to take their chances and they did as the skipper Craig Robson headed Corey Whitely’s corner into the top corner, his first goal for the club, there was no stopping that, the header that put the Daggers on the front foot.

That goal was shortly followed by another but this time it was one of the usual suspects, Corey Whitely. It was a well worked move from the hosts and the final ball from Ferrier was class; as he heard the call from Whitely and put it on a plate for him to smash it home off the post. Dagenham & Redbridge continued to dominate the rest of the half with constant attacks. Howells nearly made it three soon after as his shot was kept out by Johnson.

Halifax’s frustration began to show as Garner unnecessarily fouled Ferrier and received a yellow card for his troubles. Whitely went for goal again to try and go three in front before the half was up but Johnson held comfortably. Howells became the second name in the book as he fouled Morgan. On the stroke of half time Morgan Ferrier’s effort was deflected in by Garner but it went down as an own goal! A great half from the Daggers and as they went three up on the stroke of half – time they looked out of sight before they had even kicked off for the second half. Halifax will have to get an early goal to have a sniff at, at least a point.

The Daggers got the second half underway in a similar fashion as to how they finished the first with imminent attacks in the early stages of the second half. However, the hosts’ defence was called into action early in the half with a cross being dealt with well by Craig Robson. The play soon went to the opposite end of the pitch as Whitely’s cross was just a fraction high for any challenge for the ball as it flies past the goalmouth. A series of chances for a fourth were not converted by the Daggers. Despite the missed opportunities the home side continued to dominate. Consequently, time was running out for Halifax to get anything out of the match, as they didn’t get the early goal they so desperately needed. Craig Robson conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position, It was floated in and Brown headed in the bottom corner. Surely that was a consolation goal with 20 minutes left on the clock, or was that goal by Brown the start of a comeback?

Whitely came close to giving his side a three-goal cushion as he forced Johnson to get down to his near post in order to keep it out. Garner turned out to be a lucky boy as he escaped a second yellow when he fouled Ferrier. As the man who was fouled ,Morgan Ferrier, was through on goal Kosylo does very well to recover and prevent a fourth. Kosylo was soon up the other end as his great strike nearly sparked a bid for a late equaliser however Lokko was there to pull off a great block. That attack proved to be the last that caused any threat as the referee blew for full-time. Well it was a comfortable win for Dagenham & Redbridge in the end on home soil, and a great one as they ended a run of two straight defeats and beat a high flying Halifax.


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