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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Cheltenham Town 2
Keith Lowe’s second half strike ensured Daggers fell to their first home defeat of the season at the hands of Cheltenham Town.
Jamie Cureton put the visitors in front 31 minutes though home skipper Abu Ogogo levelled nine minutes later.
But the Robins edged in front when Lowe bundled home Troy Brown’s header at the back post on 59 minutes to give Mark Yates’ side a third win of the season and condemn the Daggers to their first defeat in eight games.
Daggers were forced into two changes with goalkeeper Chris Lewington injured and Gavin Hoyte suspended, with Jordan Seabright making his first league start of the season, while Scott Doe came in at right back.
Cheltenham were on the attack from the off and Seabright was forced into an early save to tip wide Matt Richards’ curling free-kick after just 52 seconds.
The Robins definitely started brightly and Byron Harrison shot over after appeals for handball were waved away by referee Keith Hill.
And they took the lead which their dominance deserved when Jamie Cureton spotted Seabright slightly off his line and curled a fine 25-yard effort into the net for his 250th career goal.
The game was more of a battle than a football match for large parts of the half, with a lot of pushing and shoving but little attacking intent.
But the Daggers did equalise with virtually their first chance of the game five minutes before the break.
A ball in was headed goalwards by Rhys Murphy, and though Scott Brown saved his effort, Ogogo was on hand to turn in his fifth of the season.
Chris Dickson made his home debut after the break as he replaced Affy Obafemi, but again it was Mark Yates’ side that started on the front foot.
Another dangerous Richards free-kick found the head of Byron Harrison who glanced it just wide of the goal on 52 minutes.
But seven minutes later the Robins retook the lead when a ball into the box was headed back across goal by Troy Brown and Keith Lowe bundled in from close range.
That sparked the Daggers into life and Robins keeper Brown was in fine form to deny the hosts three times.
A quickly-taken free-kick from Luke Wilkinson was blocked and fell invitingly for Murphy whose shot was well tipped behind.
And then he made a great double save to deny Ogogo’s low effort from just outside the box and he got up quickly to block Murphy’s follow up.
But the Daggers were deniedwhen Scott Brown clearly handled outside the area with Dickson through on goal, with referee Hill waving play on once again.
Burnett chucked Brian Saah forward in a last ditch attempt to rescue a point, but it proved to be a bad day at the office for the Daggers.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Seabright, Wilkinson, Doe, Saah, Bingham (Elito 62), Ogogo, Murphy (Scott 84), Obafemi (Dickson 46), Howell, Connors, Hines.
Unused substitutes: Anderson, Ilesanmi, Saunders, Dennis.
Cheltenham Town: S Brown, Lowe, Taylor, T Brown, Cureton (Gornell 77), Harrison, McGlashan, Richards, Jombati, Braham- Barrett.
Unused substitutes: Elliott, Deering, Kotwica, Vincent, Noble, Rivers.
Attendance: 1,727 ( 165 Cheltenham Town fans)
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