Date: 17th July 2014 at 8:40pm
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Following on from recent pre season friendly losses, manager Wayne Burnett would’ve been a happier man last night as Dagenham overcame our latest opponents Cheshunt.

The manager decided on a young side to face the Ryman League side with the only experienced player being trialist Jamie Cureton who still probably only brought the mean age up to 18 years old.

Many of the team who travelled had been in action 24 hours earlier when our U18 side were heavily beaten by St Albans, but following that result, many of them stepped up to make amends in front of our gaffer.

Dagenham took the lead in the game in the 19th minute when Bradley Goldberg collected a long ball from Charlie Yaxley to put us one up and it was the least we deserved as we did dominate large parts of the match to begin with. As the keeper raced out, Goldberg lifted it over him.

Four minutes later we doubled our advantage as a misplaced header fell to Cureton, and he did what he does best and has been doing all his career, and that was to stick it in the back of the net. He actually hooked it over the keeper from about 30 yards, without apparently glancing where the goal was.

Nabil Guedioura was enjoying himself in the first half and was involved in most of our attacking play, and he managed to build on that by playing a huge part in our third a minute before the half time break as he went on a run of his own round a few people before then rounding the goalie who dragged him down.

Penalty awarded and up stepped Frankie Raymond who smashed it into the bottom left corner.

We entered half time three goals to the good, and Burnett made a score of changes, brining on more inexperienced players and Cheshunt took advantage of the change in our flow as people found their feet and scored two consolations in the 49th and 88th minute respectively.

It’s Ebbsfleet up next on Saturday.

Decent run out, more experience for the youngsters and a good win.


Mark Cousins, Charlie Yaxley (Harry Wilkins 46), Lee Hursit (Ibra Sekagga 60), James Fitchet, Lewis Clarke, Frankie Raymond, Kurtis Pykes, Jamie Cureton (Jack Gardener 50), Nabil Guedioura, Ayo Olukogo (Jon Nouble 46), Bradley Goldberg (Femi Orenuga 50)