Daggers draw a blank at home to Aldershot
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Aldershot Town 0
It was another missed opportunity for the Dagenham & Redbridge as for the second home game in succession they had to settle for a point against Aldershot Town at Victoria Road.
Manager John Still would have been hopeful of a lot more from these two past home games in a week, but only have two points to show for them.
Daggers remained unchanged for fourth game in succession and despite a slow start they had the first opportunity when Dwight Gayle’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Jamie Young behind for a corner.
From that resultant dead ball by Matthew Saunders, Luke Wilkinson headed straight at Young.
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It was a slow game where both sides appeared to lack the quality necessary to unlock the others defence, and set plays were the obvious danger.
And Dean Holdsworth’s Shots should have done better when Danny Rose’s inswinging corner was headed over by Sonny Bradley after 14 minutes.
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The rest of the half was devoid of action until 10 minutes from the interval when Luke Wilkinson’s deep free-kick was only half cleared to Saunders but his dipping effort from 25 yards hit the top of the crossbar.
Up the other end Chris Lewington was forced into a neat save from Adam Mekki’s goalbound free-kick from just outside the box with a minute left in the half.
The second half was a lot livelier then the one which had just gone and Aldershot missed the outstanding chance of the encounter.
A dangerous ball over the top from Anthony Tonkin got centre halves Scott Doe and Luke Wilkinson panicking, with the latter getting a feint head to the ball after 56 minutes.
But that just played it into the path of Danny Hylton who was one-on-one with Lewington, however, managed to pull the effort wide of the goal somehow.
The quality still wasn’t there for either side though as Howell saw an effort pushed behind for a corner to John Still’s side, despite making positive substitutions with Brian Woodall and Dominic Green coming off the substitutes’ bench.
Late on it looked most likely that Aldershot could nick all three points as Scott Doe deflected a shot goalwards but Lewington was on hand to gather.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Ogogo, Howell, Spillane, Saunders (Green 64), Elito (Maher 72), Williams (Woodall 76), Gayle
Substitutes not used: Seabright, Reed, Hoyte, Currie.