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PREVIEW | Dagenham and Redbridge vs Wrexham AFC

It all comes down to this!

13 May 2022

The final chapter in Wrexham AFC's incredible league season awaits on Sunday, as the title race goes right to the wire.

In order for the Red Dragons to seal automatic promotion, the equation is simple: beat Dagenham & Redbridge and hope Stockport County lose at home to fourth-placed FC Halifax Town. 

Phil Parkinson's men sit three points adrift of County going into the final day and have a superior goal difference, setting things up for a nail-biting finish.

If this season has taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected... 

LAST TIME WE MET

Dagenham & Redbridge arrived as table-toppers, but were defeated thanks to a superb goal from Paul Mullin.

HEAD TO HEAD

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It felt like a cruel joke at our expense when, just 5 weeks after our season had collapsed on the final day at Dagenham, we discovered that we’d have to travel to Victoria Road for the final game of this campaign too!

That encounter in May 2020 marked the latest a Wrexham season had ever ended, and it was a bitter end at that. We needed a win to ensure a place in the play-offs, although a draw was likely to be good enough as the other fixtures pitted some of our promotion rivals against each other.

We started swiftly, with Shaun Pearson hitting the bar from a corner, but ran out of steam, and Dagenham were disappointed to not have a lead at the break.

Dean Keates threw Paul Rutherford on for the second half and Wrexham looked to be getting back into the game, but Fiacre Kelleher inadvertently turned the ball into his own net, and then a desperate attempt to win the ball back by Rutherford gave the referee no option but to show him a red card.

Furthermore, results elsewhere were taking a turn for the worst, and Wrexham found themselves desperately needing to win.

Despite being a man down, Wrexham battled bravely, and scored an equaliser in the last minute when Jordan Ponticelli tapped the ball home, and within a minute nearly snatched a winner on the break. However, it wasn’t to be and the season ended prematurely.

Six players – Pearson, Kelleher, Theo Vassell, James Horsfield, Rutherford and Gold Omotayo – walked off the pitch in a Wrexham shirt for the last time, and Keates would also leave as a consequence of a sad end to the season.

Despite that disappointment, a poor record at home to The Daggers means we’ve generally done better at Victoria Road than The Racecourse, despite a terrible start there.

We lost our first two games there 3-0. The first occasion was in the season we were relegated from the Football League, as a miserable display began with a spectacular Steve Evans own goal and got worse.

The second was live on BT Sport, which enabled a wide audience to see just how remarkable Shwan Jalal’s performance in goal was, and also just how awful Wrexham’s performance was.

Things improved in October 2017, when an injury time own goal won the match for us. That was our first goal against The Daggers, and it took 453 minutes to score it.

Ironically, considering how his Wrexham career would end at Victoria Road, Paul Rutherford’s excellent cross set up that goal, and he went on to score the first Wrexham goal at home to Dagenham later in the season, but things returned to normal in that match as The Daggers still won!

We won again at Victoria Road the next season. Luke Young opened the scoring with a magnificent long distance strike which won the Steve Edwards Goal of the Season Trophy, and although Dagenham equalised, Luke Summerfield win the match from the penalty spot.

There’s a strange proliferation of own goals by centre backs in this fixture. Apart from our winner in 2017 and Steve Evans’ accidental strike, David Raven scored for The Daggers the following season, it was Brad Walker who scored Dagenham’s equaliser in our 2-1 win in 2018, and Fiacre Kelleher scored an own goal to open the scoring a year ago.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 Wrexham AFC

15 May 2022

Second-half goals from Junior Morias, Paul McCallum and Matt Robinson’s dashed Wrexham’s hopes of automatic promotion on the final day of the regular season, confirming a second-placed finish for the Red Dragons.

Morias capitalised on Dagenham’s pressure at the start of the second half and got the hosts ahead, as his shot went past Dibble.

McCallum managed to get his goal after hitting the side netting moments before, as he met Weston’s cross to double the advantage.

Robinson made it three and secured theDaggers' victory, as his shot found the bottom corner with only minutes left.

The early stages remained competitive, with both sides creating chances, but in the end, it was the hosts that had control of proceedings and were good value for the three points.

Phil Parkinson named one change to the side that convincingly beat Stockport at the Racecourse, with Reece Hall-Johnson coming in for Bryce Hosannah.

Paul Mullin had an early chance to put Wrexham ahead, as he got on the end of a Ben Tozer cross, but Elliot Justham well held his shot.

The hosts started the game strongly and could have been one up as James Comley’s mazy run ended with a strike from distance which Dibble tipped around the post.

Morias tried to put the Daggers ahead, but Dibble well held his swirling shot in the Wrexham goal.

Mullin came close to opening the scoring once again, as he carried the ball towards goal, but his shot went inches wide of Justham’s goal.

Weston added another great chance for Dagenham, as he caused more panic in the Wrexham midfield, but he couldn’t convert his shot on goal.

McCallum should have put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute, as he leaped and won a free header at the back post, but his header went wide of Dibble’s near post.

The hosts continued to dominate and thought they’d broken the deadlock as McCallum had the ball in the net, but Referee Adam Herzeg ruled it out for a foul on Dibble.

Dibble made two huge saves at the close of the half, to deny both McCallum and Robinson from taking the lead.

Wrexham started the second period well, and Ollie Palmer nearly opened the scoring from his first attempt, but his curled shot was tipped over by Justham.

Morias broke the deadlock as his shot inside the area nestled past Dibble to give the Daggers the lead.

Weston came close to doubling the advantage moments later, as curled strike evaded the far post.

Palmer looked like he was destined to level the game for Wrexham as Wright gave the ball away in the final third, but his poor touch took it away from him and Justham claimed it.

Dagenham nearly doubled their lead with 12 minutes to go, as they caught Wrexham on the break, and McCallum shot at goal, only to hit the side netting.

McCallum did get his goal moments later, as Weston’s cross was met well by the striker, who put the ball past Dibble.

Robinson made it three, as his shot did enough to make its way into the net.

Wrexham will now compete in the National League Play-Offs but are back in action next weekend at Wembley in the Buildbase FA Trophy Final.

Dag & Red: Justham, Weston, Wright ©, Onariase, Johnson, Vilhete, Comley, Rance, Robinson, McCallum (Balanta 91’), Morias (Walker 87’)

Subs not used: Sagaf, Ling, and Hare

Bookings: Robinson (59’)

Wrexham: Dibble (GK), Hall-Johnson, French ( Jarvis 63’), Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean ( Ponticelli (80’), Young ©, Jones (McAlinden 73’), Davies, Mullin, Palmer

Subs not used: Camp and O’Connor 

Bookings: Tozer (71’), Cleworth (75’)

Attendance: 3,470 (1,464 from Wrexham)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Dagenham (A) tickets now available to buy online

Final league game of the season now on sale through Daggers’ ticket office

25 April 2022

Away tickets for our final league game of the season, at Dagenham & Redbridge, are now on sale from the Daggers’ ticket office.

The match, at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, takes place on Sunday May 15 and will kick off at 3pm.

Wrexham AFC have been given an increased allocation of 1,200 tickets in the SD Samuels Stand.

These tickets are only available in advance, up to 12pm on the day of the game, and can be purchased online from Dagenham & Redbridge’s ticket office here.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £21
Concessions - £15
Juniors (10-16) - £12
Under-10s - £2

Disabled tickets are also available to buy in advance, and supporters looking to purchase these tickets should contact Wrexham AFC DLO Kerry Evans, at kerry.evans@wrexhamafc.co.uk. Tickets will be charged at the age-appropriate price, with free companion tickets available where appropriate.

Official supporter coach travel is also available for this game, and can be purchased from our eTicketing website.

Coaches will depart from the Mold Road at 8am, and will costs £30 for adults and £28 for juniors (under-16s).

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