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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Newport County 1
Skipper Abu Ogogo’s second half goal ensured honours were even as Daggers and Newport County shared the spoils in an entertaining game at Victoria Road.
Ogogo bundled in Gavin Hoyte’s delivery after County had estalished the lead in the first half through Chris Zebroski, though both sides had chances late on to take all three points, but a point for each side was a fair result.
Manager Wayne Burnett opted to keep faith with the same side that drew 1-1 at Scunthorpe and it was a bright start as Rhys Murphy anticipated well from a flick on but Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley got a hand to it after just two minutes.
Josh Scott fired an effort straight at Pidgeley a minutd later after Medy Elito put the Daggers on the front foot.
However, the Welsh visitors rode the early storm and home goalkeeper Chris Lewington denied Christian Jolley superbly after eight minutes from Chris Zebroski’s pull back.
Jolley returned the favour nine minutes later when teeing up his strike partner but Zebroski spurned the opportunity when firing over from eight yards out.
A torrential downpour greeted both sides at the midway point of the half but the Daggers continued to show good signs in the attack.
Rhys Murphy drilled one effort just wide with Pidgeley at full stretch, but fellow striker Scott went on to lose possession in the Newport half and that led to County’s opener on 25 minutes.
Jolley had tracked back to knick the ball off Scott, who in turn found Adam Chapman.
The midfielder produced a fine pass to cut the Daggers defence in half to find Zebroski who jinked past two attempted challenges before slotting low into the net to Lewington’s right.
Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, with Pidgeley gathering a shot from Scott and Elito poorly fired over a free-kick from just outside the area well over as the opening period drew to a close.
Burnett made a double substitution at the break with new signing Zavon Hines and Billy Bingham coming on for Scott and Elito respectively.
But it was the visitors who had the clearer opportunities in the opening stages of the half as Andy Sandell first saw an effort put behind by Gavin Hoyte and then volleyed Chapman’s corner over the bar.
However, the host found a way back into the match after 59 minutes with their first opportunity of the half.
A fine delivery from Hoyte midway in the County half was bundled in by skipper Abu Ogogo who arrived late in the box at the back post.
That undoubtedly lifted the hosts and Woodall capitalised on a defensive error from the visitors before offloading to Hines but his attempt was blocked once again by courageous Newport backline.
Chances began to be created at will as time ticked away as Lee Minshull fired agonisingly wide from an acute angle before the same player headed over from Chapman’s 84th minute corner.
And with two minutes remaining the chance fell the way of Hines saw another effort go agonisingly wide.
Affy Obafemi came on the bench late on and almost scored the winner when chasing down a long ball, drifting inside and shooting past Pidgeley, only for Andy Hughes to deny him with fine goal- line intervention.
Minshull had a late chance to ensure all three points for the visitors but headed agonisingly over.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Ogogo, Howell, Elito (Bingham 46), Murphy (Obafemi 89), Scott (Hines 46), Woodall
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Dennis, Connors.
Newport County: Pidgeley, Pipe, Highes, Chapman, Minshull, Zebroski (Crow 82), Willmott (Flynn 76), Sandell, Naylor, Worley, Jolley (Washington 63).
Unused substitutes: James, Jackson, Stephens.
Attendance: 1,564 (277 Newport County fans)
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