Dagenham Still Searching For First Home Win

Daggers vs barnet

Dagenham and Redbridge fell to the bottom of League Two after Luke Gambin and Michael Nelson secure Barnet’s second away win of the season, as Youcef Dahmani reports.

John Still made five changes to his side following the midweek defeat at the Chigwell Construction Stadium against Wycombe Wanderers.

Jamie Cureton, who got his first start under John Still, had various chances at the start of the game, but was unable to get any on target.

The veteran striker did manage to get a shot on target, however the effort from outside the box was an easy catch for Jamie Stephens.

The Barnet keeper however did have a scare early on – Oliver Hawkins ran onto a short pass back from one of the Bees defenders and managed to find Joss Ladadie whose effort flew just wide of the top corner.

Mark Cousins produced an outstanding save after he was found one on one with Shaun Batt in the 18th minute.

Six minutes later the Bees got the opener when Luke Gambin worked his way through the Daggers area and eventually slotted an easy ball past Cousins.

Stephens had to stretch high to parry a shot over the bar after Cureton showed great skill in the centre of the box and struck the ball on the half volley forcing another smart save.

Cureton found himself with another goal scoring opportunity after Hawkins headed the ball downwards into his path, but the bounce was too hard for the veteran to control and his shot went wide.

Tough times

The Daggers came out fighting in the second half with chances to equalize when shots from Hawkins and Boucard rattled Barnet’s goal posts.

Jodi Jones came on and immediately made an impact as he showed some deft skill to run into the box and then shoot with his weaker foot – the ball cracked the far post as it went wide.

Boucaud was subbed off in the 64th minute as John Still changed tactics to bring on Ashley Chambers to play in a wider position.

Nevertheless it was not enough as the Bees extended their lead when Nelson was picked out by Chris Hackett  –  he hit an easy volley past Cousins.

The visitors came close to scoring a third as Cousins was forced to make a very good save to stop John Akinde. Hackett then hit the ball first time from the rebound ending up well over the Daggers goal.

The Daggers dropped to the bottom of the league and are still without a win at home this season.

Their next game will be a difficult battle as they face Mansfield Town who are in the promotion battle.

 

Hi I’m Youcef Dahmani,

I am a sports reporter/editor and I have been writing articles and features on Dagenham & Redbridge. I work in the press box and have been regularly attending matches for the past two seasons.

MMA is another sport that I cover, reporting on live events inside the east London region and have created multimedia pieces in this field. During this time I have met a wide range of people within the sport and have interviewed a wide range of people including Darren Stewart, an east London fighter, who has recently made it into the UFC.

About me

I am studying in my final year of Sports Journalism at the University of East London. Sport has been something which I have always had a passion for and seek to pursue a career within sports media. I am a multilingual journalist that likes to expand on sport outside the UK.