Nurse gives Daggers a shot in the arm with two-goal blast
FA Cup first round replay: Bath City 1 Daggers 3 – After extra-time
Jon Nurse struck twice in extra-time to send Dagenham & Redbridge into the FA Cup second round at the expense of brave Bath City.
With the score level after 90 minutes, Nurse struck in each half of added-on time to seal his side’s first win in all competitions since October 1.
Daggers edged ahead in a scrappy first half on 20 minutes through Brian Woodall.
The former Gresley forward, who scored in the first meeting between the sides, rose above the Bath defence to head Richard Rose’s right-wing cross over keeper Glyn Garner.
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Ten minutes before the interval, the woodwork denied Bath an equaliser.
Alex Russell’s in-swinging cross from the left flank cleared the packed penalty area and clipped the outside of the far post, before running away to safety.
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Bath made a bright start to the second half and Charlie Clough, Sekani Simpson and Lewis Hogg all forced saves from Chris Lewington.
But on 71 minutes Lewington was finally beaten, when Adam Connolly lashed a spectacular first time effort past the despairing keeper from 25 yards, sending the tie to extra time.
The league side regained the lead in controversial circumstances on 100 minutes.
Nurse was standing in an offside position after an attack had broken down, but a hopeful ball forwards from the back took a deflection off a Bath defender, the flag stayed down and the Barbados international rounded the keeper and fired into an empty net.
As Bath searched for a way back into the tie, Lewington was again on hand to deny substitute Scott Murray twice in quick succession.
And the tie was finally settled on 115 minutes, as Nurse took advantage of the space created as Bath pushed forwards, to run through on goal and fire low past Garner.
Daggers: Lewington, Rose, Doe, Ilesanmi, McCrory, Ogogo, Gain, Tomlin, Nurse, Dominic Green (Elito 66), Woodall (Scott 85). Subs not used: Shea, Scannell, Danny J Green, Walsh, Maher.