BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES | Wrexham AFC vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 08 Feb 2019

Wrexham welcome Dagenham & Redbridge to the Racecourse on Saturday in what will be only the eighth ever competitive meeting between the two teams.

Dagenham were opponents in the Dragons’ most recent season in the Football League, but the two teams did not play each other again until 2016.

A bit of a bogey team for Wrexham, the Dragons did not score in any of the first four matches against them and have won two of the previous seven in total – most recently in October, when Luke Young and Luke Summerfield both netted in a 2-1 win.

Young’s first goal for the club proved to be a screamer, while Summerfield sealed the win after the break with what was also his first goal in a Wrexham shirt.

We’ve looked a little further back, however, to pick out two games from the past against Dagenham – one worth remembering, and one many would probably prefer to forget…

Best of times: Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Wrexham (21/10/2017)

Is there anything better in football than a last-minute winner, no matter how it is scored?

Dean Keates’ Wrexham went into the game unbeaten in ten league matches but having lost their previous game: an FA Cup qualifying-round defeat to AFC Fylde a week earlier.

Keates rang the changes after that match – Kevin Roberts, Shaun Pearson, Paul Rutherford, Akil Wright and Alex Reid all returning.

Chris Holroyd went close twice in the early exchanges but it was the visitors who looked the better of the two teams – missing some good chances before Corey Whitely’s tap-in was ruled out for offside.

The game changed when Kevin Lokko saw red for a rash, lunging tackle on Mark Carrington on 32 minutes, however.

Dagenham continued to create chances in an open second-half, while Daggers’ keeper Mark Cousins produced a stunning reaction save to deny Pearson at the other end.

The hosts had the ball in the net again late on, when Mason Bloomfield tapped in, but again the offside flag was up.

And Wrexham took full advantage of their reprieve in the third minute of stoppage time – Jack Macreth’s cross was pulled back by Paul Rutherford and, with Scott Boden waiting to tap in, Dagenham defender Craig Robson stabbed it into his own net.

What they said: “Wrexham rode their luck to beat 10-man Dagenham & Redbridge, climbing to third [in the National League].” (BBC Sport)

Line-ups:

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Ling, Doe, Lokko, Howells, Robson, Boucaud, Howell, Whitely, Cheek (Bloomfield 87), Ferrier.

Unused subs: Moore, Nunn, Adams, Okenabirhie.

Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, M Smith, Pearson, Jennings, Rutherford, Carrington (Mackreth 72), Wright, Kelly, Reid (Massanka 81), Holroyd (Boden 81).

Unused subs: Dibble, Hurst.

 

Worst of times: Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 Wrexham (08/12/2007)

The first ever meeting between these two teams was one to forget for Wrexham, in a season full of such games.

Wrexham were actually the form team going into the game, having taken five points from Brian Little’s first three games in charge, while the Daggers were seeking a first home win since September.

Dagenham had also lost seven of their last nine games and sat 23rd in the table, but the Dragons fell to a limp defeat against their fellow strugglers, with Neil Roberts admitting Wrexham’s performance was poor.

Dagenham were on top early on and Steve Evans put through his own net on 24 minutes, from Jon Nurse’s cross, as the hosts got their noses in front.

Wrexham did rally after the break but failed to test Welsh goalkeeper Tony Roberts enough – Neil Roberts going closest.

But the hosts scored twice late on to seal victory – Ben Strevens stepping off the bench to hammer in from 30 yards on 86 minutes to double the lead.

Jamie Taylor replaced Nurse at the start of stoppage time for Dagenham and sealed victory just moments later when he fired in off the post.

Demoralised, Wrexham would go on to lose their next five matches and eventually finished bottom of League Two, nine points behind the 20th-placed Daggers.

What they said: “A lot of the players under-performed in the first half and they need to be honest with themselves about that.” (Wrexham manager Brian Little)

Line-ups:

Dagenham & Redbridge: Roberts, Okuonghae, Boardman, Uddin, Patterson, Southam, Huke, Sloma, Green (Strevens 74), Nurse (Taylor 90), Benson.

Unused subs: Thompson, Cook, Taiwo.

Wrexham: Anthony Williams, Steve Evans, Pejic, Hope, Baynes (Aiston 46), Roberts (Done 77), Garrett, Llewellyn, Valentine, Proctor, Marc Williams (Johnson 83).

Unused subs: Michael Jones, Taylor.

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