Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Aldershot Town 2: Difficult week for Daggers ends with defeat to Aldershot Town
PUBLISHED: 19:25 10 February 2018
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Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Aldershot Town 2 (Kellerman 4, Rendell 49)
Dagenham & Redbridge saw their losing streak in the National League reach four games with a 2-0 loss at home to Aldershot Town.
Daggers suffered a terrible opening to the match, conceding within the first five minutes.
The Victoria Road outfit also conceded early in the second period, giving Shots complete control of the match.
John Still made four changes to the starting XI for the Essex club, with Luke Pennell, Matt Robinson, Luke Howell and Michael Cheek all recalled.
Cheek’s place in the starting XI was of particular interest, with the forward said to be attracting interest from divisional rivals Sutton United.
Pennell, meanwhile, was making his first start for the Victoria Road outfit since the loss at Hartlepool United on September 9.
Daggers endured a disastrous start to the match, with Jim Kellerman firing Aldershot ahead inside four minutes.
The midfielder lashed a first-time half-volley low and hard from the edge of the area, with the effort too powerful for home stopper Mark Cousins.
Daggers thought they had equalised nine minutes later when Cheek headed home after Jake Howells crossed from the left, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
In the 23rd minute, Cousins was called upon to keep out another low drive from 18 yards, this time from Shots winger Josh McQuoid.
At the other end a minute later, Luke Howell squandered a good position for the hosts, skewing wide from the edge of the box.
Less than 60 seconds after Howell’s shot, Fejiri Okenabirhie shot narrowly over for Still’s side after a fine run down the right flank.
Another bright piece of play from Okenabirhie in the 28th minute drew a foul, but Dan Sparkes was unable to get the subsequent set-piece on target.
A break, led solely by Aldershot winger James Rowe, nearly led to a second for the visitors nine minutes later, but a superb last-ditch challenge from Ben Nunn prevented a goal.
It was a block that ensured Daggers trailed by just a solitary goal as the sides went into the break.
However, Kellerman should have doubled the lead for Gary Waddock’s men just two minutes into the second half, but shot wide at the far post.
It may have been a let off for the hosts, but Shots did not wait too much longer before adding their second.
A low cross from the left by Adam McDonnell found Scott Rendell, who tucked home from close range.
Rendell could have added his second in the 61st minute, but saw a header cleared off the line by Daggers skipper Craig Robson.
The Essex club could have pulled one back 10 minutes later, but Okenabirhie skied his shot over the bar after a cross from the right by substitute Corey Whitely found him at the far post.
Okenabirhie went close again five minutes later after being found with a long ball from Howells.
Through one-on-one, the former Harrow Borough man dinked his effort over keeper Lewis Ward, but saw Will Evans clear the shot off the line.
Okenabirhie was certainly getting in the thick of the action, putting a daisy cutter wide of the far post after another strong run in the 82nd minute.
However, Daggers were unable to trouble the scorers before the end of the match, and will want to end their wait for a win at Torquay United next Saturday.
Daggers (4-2-3-1): Cousins; Nunn (Bloomfield 77), Robson, Pennell, Howells; Boucaud, Robinson; Okenabirhie, Howell, Sparkes (Whitely 64); Cheek (Kandi 63).
Subs: Moore (GK), N’Gala.
Aldershot (4-2-3-1): Ward; Alexander, Evans, Fowler, Kinsella; Oyeleke (Gallagher 82), McDonnell; Rowe, Kellerman, McQuoid; Rendell (Kabamba 70).
Subs: Cole (GK), McClure.
Referee: Neil Hair.
Attendance: 1,509 (including 427 Aldershot fans).