Saturday 19 January 2019 // National League // Attendance: 2,188 (227 Dagenham and Redbridge supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United were given a harsh lesson in finishing as Dagenham and Redbridge took full advantage of the chances that came their way to heap more misery on the Stones who remain six points from safety and well inside the relegation zone.
This game might have had an entirely different outcome had the Stones put away one of the three opportunities that they created in the first ten matches. The first came when Jack Powell cut the ball back to Elliott Romain inside the box who hit a rising shot which Elliot Justham made sure went over the bar.
Moments later Michael Phillips made progress towards the by-line. He then managed to squeeze the ball to Josh Taylor who was inside the six yard box and his shot looked to be going in but Justham got down well to push the ball behind.
Jake Robinson then unexpectedly received the ball inside the box as the Daggers defence continued to look a bit shaky. Robinson perhaps should have got his shot away quicker as his slight hesitation allowed Kenny Clark to get across and deflect the ball over the bar.
Maidstone then felt they could have had a penalty for handball. Will De Havilland started off the attacking move with a good sliding challenge and he then arrowed an inviting deep cross to Robinson. Robinson’s header back across the box appeared to be handled by Manny Onariase but the referee, Mr Allison, strangely awarded a free-kick to the visitors.
But as has been the case all too often this season, the Stones found themselves trailing against the run of play. On 22 minutes, a corner from Dagenham was only cleared away as far as Angelo Balanta who delivered a cross into the unmarked Nathan Smith who headed the ball in from close range with ease.
The Stones should have drawn level not long after the break. Elliott Romain did well to win the ball and race into the box but with only Justham to beat, Romain’s effort was weak and the Dagenham keeper had no difficulty with the save.
Shortly after this, there was a warning for Maidstone that Dagenham offered a significant goal threat as Conor Wilkinson went close with a drive from 25 yards. And it was inevitable that Wilkinson was going to get another opportunity to show his abilities as a striker. On 73 minutes, Wilkinson found himself running towards goal before he dispatched a confident finish past the stranded Ethan Ross.
With six minutes remaining, Aryan Tajbakhsh was touched on by Josh Taylor. The ball dropped to Dan Wishart who spun and hit a rising effort which clipped the bar.
But with the game in stoppage time Dagenham and Redbridge added some gloss to the scoreline. Alex McQueen found himself with the time and space to put substitute Lamar Reynolds clear and Reynolds showed composure to place a fine finish past Ross.
Maidstone United: –
Dagenham and Redbridge: Nathan Smith 22, Conor Wilkinson 73, Lamar Reynolds 90
Maidstone United: 1. Ethan Ross, 22. Michael Phillips (10. Jack Paxman 70), 25. Rob Swaine, 5. Will De Havilland, 16. Dan Wishart, 30. Jarvis Edobor, 20. Simon Walton (28. Aryan Tajbakhsh 80), 24. Josh Taylor, 8. Jack Powell, 9. Elliott Romain, 19. Jake Robinson (14. Jamie Philpot 59). Subs not used: 23. Jack Richards, 29. Charlie Wassmer.
Dagenham and Redbridge: 1. Elliot Justham, 33. Manny Onariase, 8. Kenny Clark, 34. Nathan Smith, 2. Ben Nunn, 7. Alex McQueen, 4. Matt Robinson, 23. Jack Munns (9. Chike Kandi 88), 3. Liam Gordon, 10. Angelo Balanta (11. Lamar Reynolds 66), 17. Connor Wilkinson (20. William Wright 80). Subs not used: 12. Lewis Moore, 26. Oliver Harfield.
Who was your man of the match against Dagenham & Redbridge?
- Will De Havilland (18%, 19 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (18%, 19 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (17%, 18 Votes)
- Jack Powell (11%, 11 Votes)
- Simon Walton (9%, 9 Votes)
- Jarvis Edobor (7%, 7 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (6%, 6 Votes)
- Josh Taylor (4%, 4 Votes)
- Jamie Philpot (3%, 3 Votes)
- Jake Robinson (3%, 3 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ethan Ross (2%, 2 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (1%, 1 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 104