Daggers to the heart
It’s not all-White at Dagenham for Dover
Dagenham & Redbridge ensured that after beating Whites 2-0 at Victoria Road on Tuesday night.
First half goals from Jordan Maguire-Drew and the National League’s leading scorer, Oliver Hawkins, ended Dover’s hopes of a third consecutive league win.
The defeat, Dover’s seventh in 11 games against Dagenham, also saw boss Chris Kinnear’s side drop two places to 10th while the Daggers moved up to second.
And to complete a disappointing trip to east London, Richard Orlu injured his hamstring in the second half.
Kinnear made no changes to his side following the 4-3 triumph over Forest Green Rovers, but it didn’t take long for the Daggers to seize the initiative.
The hosts opened the scoring after just two minutes when Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jordan Maguire-Drew’s shot beat unsighted Dover goalkeeper Steve Arnold and went in off the post.
Dover missed a glorious opportunity to get back on level terms 10 minutes later after Ross Lafayette shot wide from close range after Aswad Thomas’ clever header put the striker clear.
It was Dagenham who threatened next with Arnold making two smart saves in as many minutes to keep out two shots from Corey Whitely.
And it was the impressive Whitely who was at the centre of his sides second goal six minutes before half-time.
He won a penalty after tangling with Orlu and Hawkins’ breathed a sigh of relief after his shot went in off the post to register his eighth goal of the season.
And it was Hawkins who went close to adding to his tally just after half-time when his header went just over.
Dover responded with Jim Stevenson and Ricky Miller seeing shots saved before Thomas went close to reducing the deficit just after the hour mark.
His header was cleared off the line by Fejiri Okenabirhie , not that the winger knew much about it, the ball crashing into him before being cleared.
Ricky Modeste then saw his shot turned away by Dagenham goalkeeper Elliot Justham before Arnold denied Maguire-Drew from close range.
Ira Jackson jnr came on to make his debut, replacing Modeste, while Moses Emmanuel came on for Lafayette but the changes could not prevent Whites losing their second away game of the season.
Whites are on the road again on Saturday, travelling to 16th placed York City.
|13th September 2016||7:45 pm||National League||2016-2017||90'|