05:53PM, Saturday 07 December 2019
Dagenham & Redbridge 1, Maidenhead United 2
Remy Clerima was on target twice as Maidenhead United blunted the Daggers to take all three points at Victoria Park.
The French defender fired through a crowded penalty area to give the Magpies a deserved lead in the 28th minute, and restored the visitors' advantage 20 minutes from time after Alex McQueen had levelled matters for the hosts in the 64th minute.
(Video uploaded to Youtube by Daggers TV)
Manager Alan Devonshire had called for a reaction from his squad, after their laboured effort in last weekend's 4-0 defeat to league leaders Barrow.
And they were clearly up for this one, racing out of the blocks against a Dagenham side smarting from last week's 1-0 loss at Chorley.
The in-form Jake Cassidy had the ball in the Daggers net after only a minute, but the linesman's flag prevented the striker from scoring his third goal in as many games.
The chances continued to fall the Magpies way. Clerima headed over the bar from James Comley's cross in the seventh minute and the Daggers' keeper plucked Josh Kelly's cross off the head of Cassidy a couple of minutes later.
Danny Whitehall - the scorer of three goals against Binfield in the county cup in mid-week - sent a volley just wide of the post from a Clerima ball into the box midway through the half, but the goal their overall play deserved arrived six minutes later with Clerima steering the ball home from distance.
Josh Smile's excellent cross was sent just over the bar by Cassidy, as United threatened to build on their advantage, but the Magpies deservedly led at the interval.
The visitors might have anticipated a response from the Daggers in the second half, and, they were increasingly forced onto the back foot at the start of it.
Kenny Clark headed wide and Mitch Brundle was denied by Rene Steer's brilliant block. Chris Dunn then reacted well to keep out Chike Kandi's effort from close range on the hour mark.
United's resilience was finally broken in the 64th minute when McQueen tapped home from close range after receiving Kandi's clever cut back.
But the wind was taken from their sails almost immediately as Clerima rose highest to head home from a corner in the 71st minute. Brundle headed James Dobson's cross narrowly wide of the post in the 75th minute before being denied by Dunn once again.
Dagenham continued to press for a leveller in the closing stages but United's defence, without the suspended Joe Ellul, stood firm.
The three points keeps the Magpies five points clear of the drop zone. Alongside Wrexham, Maidenhead were the only side in the bottom half of the table to win on Saturday and they're now only three points behind 10th placed Torquay United and only seven off the play-offs. Today's win also saw them skip above the Daggers into 16th place.
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