National League: Wrexham 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
PUBLISHED: 17:06 14 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 14 April 2018
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Substitute Michael Cheek was the hero as Daggers came from behind to take all three points against National League rivals Wrexham.
Cheek came off the bench with just under 20 minutes remaining in Wales and the match evenly poised at 1-1, netting soon after as Daggers extended their unbeaten run to five matches.
And the win will have given John Still’s men a notable boost as they face a busy week, with trips to Bromley on Tuesday and Guiseley on Thursday.
Daggers forced a couple of corners in the opening minutes, which came to nothing, before Paul Rutherford delivered a couple of dangerous crosses into their box, one claimed by Mark Cousins and another deflected behind.
Scott Quigley had a header blocked, before Dan Sparkes saw a shot deflected behind for Daggers and Jack Mackreth also had an attempt deflected behind.
But Wrexham broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when Mackreth found Rutherford to score.
Mason Bloomfield sliced a shot wide for Daggers just past the half-hour mark, after Ben Nunn had tried his luck from distance, while Fejiri Okenabirhie’s dangerous cross could not find a team-mate at the far post.
Chris Dunn was almost caught out by a cross-shot from Sparkes, but tipped it over the bar five minutes before the break, but Daggers had Cousins to thank for a good save to keep out Quigley’s header two minutes into the second half.
And the visitors were back on level terms moments later as Okenabirhie curled a shot in off the post.
Scott Boden headed wide as Wrexham looked to regain the lead but Luke Howell lobbed a chance over for Daggers after being played through on goal on 55 minutes.
The home side were close just before the hour as Quigley hit a post and the woodwork came to Dagenham’s rescue again on 65 minutes when another Wrexham effort hit the crossbar.
Quigley headed over from Mackreth’s cross, before Bloomfield was off-target from a Sparkes delivery and Cousins pushed out a long-range shot from James Jennings.
And Daggers got their noses in front on 74 minutes when Sparkes sent in another cross and substitute Cheek, having only just replaced Andre Boucaud, saw his header deflected into the net.
Bloomfield went close to a third but shot wide from close range, before being replaced by Matt Robinson for the final nine minutes.
And Cheek could have had another in the fourth minute of stoppage time but, as he tried to round Dunn, he saw his effort saved.
Not that it mattered as Still’s men claimed the points ahead of two more road trips inn midweek.
Daggers: Cousins, Nunn, Robson, Pennell, Howells, Boucaud (Cheek 72), Adams, Howell, Sparkes, Bloomfield (Robinson 81), Okenabirhie (N’Gala 89). Unused subs: Moore, Bonds.
Attendance: 4,193 (including 73 Daggers fans).