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Tuesday 12th September

Home V Sutton - National League

It was a cold and drizzly night at Victoria Road where Dagenham hosted Sutton in a close encounter on Tuesday night. The visitors got proceedings underway and had an imminent attack which resulted in a Dundas shot that was held by Cousins. Both teams had a lively start, both evidently determined to win this evenly matched fixture.

Dagenham were getting a string of attacks together and were threatening an early lead however their final product left them nothing to celebrate; the offside trap is frustrating the home side’s attack. As Sutton began to get more of the ball they didn’t pose a threat to goal however the Daggers did at the other end. When Whitely took a free kick that panicked the Sutton defence despite it being cleared well, it took a long time to clear. So he began to run at them. They then won a corner due to a promising attack, this corner again led to poor defending as the visitors yet again struggled to clear. However, yet again,  the daggers failed to capitalize.

Shortly after, Romain started a move for the daggers and Robinson played a great ball through to Whitely who comfortably slotted it past Butler at his near post, 1-0 to the hosts! Dagenham began to dominate, much to the frustration of Eastmond, who consequently went through the back of Andre Boucad, later receiving a yellow card for the foul. The Daggers continued to push for a second however their shooting wasn’t good enough to pose any threat to Butler. John Walton was then the second name in the book as he was booked for a foul then dissent.

Sutton began to counter before the first-half was out, this called for a great block by Robinson to keep his side in front. However the home side couldn’t see it out until half-time, as Craig Dundas got his 100th goal for the club as he poked home a cross at the back post following great work from Kwame Thomas. Sutton had equalised on the stroke of half-time 1-1! Sutton will be buzzing and so will Dundas as they managed to grind out an equaliser on the stroke of half-time; much to the annoyance of the home side. However, Dagenham shouldn’t be too downhearted as they did seem the better team in the early stages and most of the half.

The frustrated hosts got the second half underway and the first piece of action was Romain’s foul on the touchline in the Daggers’ half this resulted in a cross that was too deep for any head to get on to. Dagenham, beginning to lose the ball in key areas, were caught out as Cousins was caught off guard and Walton just chipped it over the bar.

The rain began to worsen as new signing from Leatherhead Chike Kandi was warming up ready to make his mark on his debut. A great Whitely run led to a wasted opportunity as Okenabirhie hit his shot sky-high in an attempt to put his side in front. Another wasted opportunity followed as a corner from Howells went straight for a goal kick. As Kandi made his entrance, that man Jake Howells missed an absolute sitter as he kicked the ball into the ground, a scuff of a shot; following great work from his team-mate Morgan Ferrier. Whitely’s free-kick from just inside the Sutton half was tipped over by Butler. Great effort.

It was Whitely again whose corner led to debutant Chike Kandi nearly make an imminent impact at Victoria Road, his header just wide. Moments later at the other end Daggers skipper Craig Robson nearly netted in his own goal however Cousins made sure that wasn’t the case. Soon after a Whitely free- kick went over the bar Sam Ling did brilliantly well to prevent a clear goal-scoring opportunity. A Sutton corner was somehow scrambled off the line and kept out a nervy end to this game for sure. That proved to be the case as Dagenham hearts were devastated when a Spence cross was met by Davis at the back post in the three minutes of additional time. As soon as the whistle went Sutton went top of the table, Dagenham feeling they had been robbed in this evenly matched encounter.


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