NFU 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 4 (NL)

Saturday 7 January 2017
National League

North Ferriby United  0

Dagenham & Redbridge  4

Fejiri Okenabirhie 15, Oliver Hawkins 17,62; Luke Guttridge 33

Attendance:  453

In some ways the scoreline did not really reflect the game but Dagenham gave Ferriby a lesson in clinical finishing and that was the major difference between the two sides.
The match statistics showed both sides having a similar number of goal attempts but, and it is a cliche, it is goals that count. Not for the first time this season did Ferriby pay the price for not taking their chances.

Ferriby started well enough and pushed Dagenham back for the first 15 minutes. Ryan Fallowfield and Taron Hare went close for Ferriby before Reece Thompson wasted a glorious chance. He latched on to a Dagenham mistake and rounded keeper Elliot Justham. Unfortunately, he could not finish like he did at York on New Year’s day and his shot found the side netting.

Dagenham capitalised on that shortly after. A quick break saw the ball reach Fejiri Okhenabirhie who scored with a low shot. That was Dagenham’s first  attack.

Two minutes later another quick counter-attack ended with Oliver Hawkins hammering the ball home via the underside of the bar.

Dagenham sealed the game after 33 minutes with a superb goal from Luke Guttridge.  He received the ball towards the left corner of the area and turned Ben Middleton before curling a shot well-beyond Keeper Rory Watson.

Dagenham are well set-up to play a counter-attacking game and that probably explains their away record this season.
Danny Emerton and Levi Sutton were creating problems as Ferriby pushed forward but they never really troubled Eastham. He made one good save on the stroke of half-time to deny Mark Gray.

In some ways, the second-half was similar to the first with both sides having periods of pressure.

Dagenham always looked the more dangerous with the pace of Okhenabirhie and Hawkin’s presence and ability on the ball. Skipper Guttridge had an excellent game in midfield, organising his players, breaking=up Ferriby attacks and being involved in most of Dagenham’s attacks.

Both keepers had to make early saves before Dagenham completed the scoring in the 62nd minute. Yet another long ball out of defence reached Okhenabirhie who found Guttridge who laid the ball off to Hawkins for Hawkins to score .

Both sides pushed forward in the final 25 minutes but much of the impetus had gone from the game.

Ferriby matched Dagenham in virtually every aspect of the game. The back-four generally handled Hawkins and Okhenabirhie well.

Despite Guttridge’s performance. Ferriby were not really over-run in midfield. Curtis Bateson and Reece Thompson up-front often forced the Dagenham defence in to hurried clearances.

It would have been easy for The Villagers to start hitting long-balls but they continued to play a lot of neat football on the floor and regularly got in position to put in dangerous crosses. Sadly, there were also a number of poor final balls and this eased the pressure on Dagenham’s defence.

Ferriby manager Steve Housham commented,
“I didn’t think the game was really a 4-0 scoreline but they were just more clinical than us in front of goal.

“We pushed them back for the first 12 minutes and if Thompson had scored the game may have been different. Their goals came on the counter-attack and showed the quality of their players. Perhaps we could have defended them a little better.

 “We gave it a go and have played worse and won. I told the lads at half-time to play with pride and they certainly did that.”

NFU: Rory Watson , Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss (Ross Armstrong 83), Taron Hare, Mark Gray, Ryan Fallowfield (Ryan Kendall 65), Connor Oliver, Levi Sutton, Danny Emerton,  Curtis Bateson, Reece Thompson

Subs not used: Jake Skelton, Darryn Stamp, Jordan Cooke

Dagenham & Redbridge:Elliot Justham, Joe Widdowson, Frankie Raymond (Leo Donnellan 89),, Luke Guttridge, Fejiri Okenabirhie (Joe White 81),  Oliver Hawkins, Jordan Maguire-Drew (Scott Heard 88),, Sam Ling, Craig Robson, Shaun Donnellan, Josh Staunton

Subs not used: Matk Cousins, Paul Benson, 

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