Boreham Wood 0 – 1 Dagenham and Redbridge
Friday April 7, 2023
LV BET Meadow Park Stadium, Vanarama National League


Inih Effiong came back to haunt his former club as his early header proved enough to seal a narrow win over Boreham Wood.

An early lead fell to Dagenham & Redbridge when a Josh Hare free-kick was headed in by David Longe-King towards Effiong, who was waiting to jump past Nathan Ashmore from close range, and the former Wood player was given a chance Golden to double their lead on the brink of halftime, with Ashmore this time making amends by diving to his left to keep the striker away.

The Wood saw improvement in the second half as they looked to secure a point, but it was Ben Strevens’s men who perhaps had the best chances with Myles Weston and Angelo Balanta closing in, while Dion Kelly-Evans was at the center of the best. chances from Wood with a pair of goal mouth scrambles that saw a determined Daggers defense deny him passage, he was able to keep his opponents at bay for over 70 minutes.

Defeat against the Daggers sees the Wood unable to build on points lost from Barnet earlier in the day, but they remain in sixth place due to other previous results where Eastleigh lost and Bromley drew and they will look to win again with a trip to Hayes Lane on Monday, with a quick change due to the Easter weekend giving them a chance to build momentum as they look to cement their play-off place in May.

Two changes to the squad that beat Maidstone United last time out saw Will Evans replace Jamal Fyfield in the last three after a nine-game absence, while Érico Sousa returned to the bench after recovering from a groin injury. .

A slow opening to proceedings saw the visitors make a slightly brighter start, with Effiong heading wide before Mo Sagaf lobbed a half chance into George Broadbent’s stomach from point-blank range as they looked to take an early lead.

However, it wasn’t long before they found their way through Wood’s defence, taking the lead when Longe-King picked out Effiong in the box, who sent the ball past Ashmore’s reach after just 13 minutes. minutes, which did not give the Wood stopper. opportunity from close range.

Clear chances were few and far between for much of the first half, as the Daggers remained stubborn in their bid to protect their lead, but a fine chance fell on Wood when Femi Ilesanmi won a free-kick in a dangerous box, with a move straight. outside the training ground watching Broadbent and Chris Bush pass the ball to Zak Brunt, who curled his effort by a hair’s length.

However, they nearly paid the price for this miss when Weston had a wonderful opportunity soon after when he found himself in goal and alone, but Ashmore was on hand to make a crucial save and deny the 35-year-old from close range. .

The Wood couldn’t penetrate the Daggers back line, but a more controlled spell saw them grow and they produced a half chance when Dennon Lewis picked up the ball just in front of the half line before moving forward and chipping it through the onslaught of the Daggers. Broadbent, but was unable to make the most of the opening and missed his shot which went wide.

The Daggers instantly had the chance to make the Sheffield United loanee regret their mistake when they were presented with a golden opportunity to double their lead at the interval strike, with Weston moving on target before a leg clash knocked him out. will take out Ilesanmi and giving the referee no choice but to signal the point. However, Ashmore added to the collection of heroic moments of him diving to the left of him to deny Effiong, keeping his side on him as they trailed at half-time.

HT: Boreham Wood 0-1 Dagenham and Redbridge

The Wood got going again intent on finding the all-important leveller, coming very close just three minutes after the restart when Tyrone Marsh headed in a corner from Brunt inches from the near post.

This was followed by an early double switch that saw Evans replaced by Sousa, while a disruption up front saw Lee Ndlovu come on for Marsh, signaling this change in intent for Luke Garrard.

And there was almost instant impact as Ndlovu moved on goal and Wood’s top scorer was brought down before he could fire, though the ball fell perfectly into the path of Kelly-Evans, who fired the ball into the North Bank as he couldn’t contain his shot. effort.

Kelly-Evans would see another similar chance fall just after the hour mark after Ilesanmi robbed Weston of possession and moved down the left flank before firing the ball into the path of Broadbent, who failed to reach the end of he. However, the ball traveled to the former Notts County man at the back post, but he could only see the first try blocked by Ling before taking a second bite from the cherry which he bowled behind him.

Eager to take some of the pressure off, the visitors moved to the other end and produced their first real chance of the second half with Weston finding himself in acres of space before firing a tame effort straight at Ashmore.

They would then have another chance to double their lead when ex-Wood player Balanta collected the ball with plenty of space on the edge of the box, and although the hosts were able to regain their form, he danced around a couple of defenders before scoring. his distance shot that went just wide.

With the Daggers’ lead still slim, the Wood remained in contention as they went into the final ten minutes, and were close to level when Broadbent volleyed home cleanly past Elliott Justham behind.

Four minutes of stoppage time gave the hosts a lifeline in their quest for an equalizer, but it was the visitors who came closest to a goal next when Sydney Ibie was parried away by a strong handball from Ashmore, who had to be alert to make a crucial stop. from close range, and this would be all either side could muster, as the Daggers’ stamina would pay off the full-time whistle.

Feet: Boreham Wood 0-1 Dagenham and Redbridge

Boreham Wood: Ashmore; Agbontohoma, Evans (Sousa 52′), Bush; Kelly-Evans, Payne, Broadbent, Ilesanmi; Brunt (Rees 80′); Marsh (Ndlovu 52′), Lewis

Unused Subs: Ricketts, Coxe

Dagenham and Redbridge: justham; Hare, Longe-King, Onarise, Ling; Robinson, Phipps, Sagaf (Mussa 88′); Balanta (Saunders 79′), Effiong, Weston (Ibie 72′)

Unused Subs: Strizovic, Bird

Goal: Efiong 13′

star man: Nathan Ashmore


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