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Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Maidenhead United 0: Michael Cheek on target as Daggers down Magpies

PUBLISHED: 16:58 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 21 April 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Cheek 10) Maidenhead United 0

Dagenham & Redbridge signed off from Victoria Road for the season with a 1-0 win over Maidenhead United.

The Essex club were in control in the first half and took the lead through Michael Cheek.

Thought John Still’s men were unable to add to their lead after the break, they never looked in danger of letting their advantage slip as they held on to triumph.

Daggers made four changes for the clash with Maidenhead, with Craig Robson, Jake Howells, Andre Boucaud and Dan Sparkes all returning to the starting XI.

Luke Pennell, Liam Gordon and Elliot Bonds all dropped to the bench, while Charlee Adams missed out altogether.

The Essex club were fortunate not fall behind in the sixth minute when Howells gifted possession to United forward Jake Hyde.

The visiting attacker ran through on goal, but his effort was well saved by home custodian Mark Cousins.

Four minutes later, Daggers took the lead with a fourth goal in two matches for the in-form Cheek.

Fejiri Okenabirhie broke down the right for the Victoria Road outfit before crossing into the box, where Cheek was on hand to head home at the near post.

Okenabirhie almost turned scorer four minutes later when shooting first time from 25 yards, but his effort was comfortable for Maidenhead stopper Carl Pentney.

A flowing move presented Daggers with another chance for a second in the 18th minute, with Luke Howell setting Sparkes away on the left.

The former Torquay United man delivered a first-time low cross into the box, but it narrowly evaded Cheek before going out for a throw-in.

A minute later, Sparkes tried a similar ball, this time from inside the block, but only a last-ditch block from United defender Jake Goodman stopped Cheek from scoring.

With 12 minutes left in the half, Sparkes delivered another good cross from the left which found Howell, but the midfielder header over the bar.

Cheek was in on goal less than a minute later, profiting from a mix-up in the Magpies defence after a long ball over the top, but was thwarted by Pentney.

The former Braintree man had another chance to double his tally in the 44th minute after being played in by Howell.

Cheek’s first effort was well saved down low by Pentney, but his second shot saw the Daggers man chip the ball over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time, Cousins was again tested by Hyde after another flowing move for Maidenhead, but the Daggers keeper saved to ensure the hosts led at the break.

Just three minutes into the second half, Okenabirhie went close to doubling the lead for the Essex club, but his deflected effort was brilliantly pushed away by Pentney.

Maidenhead nearly pulled one back in spectacular fashion in the 64th minute, but Jake Hyde’s effort from some 25 yards flashed wide of the target.

Ben Nunn was next to go close, with the Daggers defender forcing Pentney into action with a daisy-cutter from 20 yards.

Daggers were grateful to Cousins in stoppage time, with the keeper diving at the feet of Maidenhead substitute Sean Marks to keep the hosts ahead.

And it proved a crucial stop, with it being the final action of the game, with Daggers ending the term at Macclesfield Town next weekend.

Daggers (4-2-3-1): Cousins; Nunn, Robson, N’Gala, Howells; Boucaud, Robinson; Okenabirhie, Howell (Bloomfield 67), Sparkes; Cheek.

Subs: Moore (GK), Pennell, Gordon, Bonds.

Maidenhead (4-4-2): Pentney; Steer, Massey, Goodman, Kilman; Odametey, Comley (Clifton 46), Upward, Pritchard (Marks 66); Hyde, Emmanuel (Barratt 46).

Subs: Owusu, Smith.

Attendance: 1,433 (including 99 Maidenhead fans).

Referee: Savvas Yianni.

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