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17:46 12th March 2011

Report: Town 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Mike Grella's first goal for Town was not enough to claim the points at home to Dagenham & Redbridge as Jon Nurse's late equaliser stole a point for John Still's side.

Town started shakily but survived an early bout of Daggers pressure to create the first clear-cut chance of the game, as Mike Grella showed excellent feet to create space and play in David Prutton, but the midfielder saw his side-footed effort denied well by the onrushing visiting 'keeper Tony Roberts.

The hosts proceeded to dominate possession but it was the visitors who went closest next as Bas Savage beat Andy Frampton on the right after 27 minutes and whipped in a dangerous cross which only needed a touch, but Paul Caddis reached it first and cleared.

John Still's side were beginning to find their way back into the game, and went close again after 34 minutes as Abu Ogogo's deep cross found its way to Danny Green at the back post, but Grella did well to get across and block the winger's shot.

But just as the visitors looked like taking the lead, it was Town who stole in front against the run of play, as Phil Smith's long punt forward was flicked on by Calvin Andrew and the impressive Grella out-muscled Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and poked the ball expertly over Roberts to open the scoring on 43 minutes.

Calvin Andrew

Town were inevitably galvanised by the goal, and finished the half well on top, with Grella nearly making it two on the stroke of the break, but his shot was well blocked by Mark Arber and the hosts went into half time a goal ahead.

The Daggers flew out of the blocks in the second period, and went close to equalising on 51 minutes as Nurse found space in the Town box and hooked a volley goalwards, but Phil Smith back peddled well to push it over.

Town found their feet and might have extended their lead as Douglas' 30-yard free-kick was almost palmed into the path of David Prutton by Roberts, but it was just out of the former Leeds United man's reach.

It might have been 1-1 seconds later as Romain Vincelot broke well into the box and crossed for Bas Savage, but the big striker hit his first time shot straight at Phil Smith from six yards out.

The game became a stodgy affair for a time afterwards, until Town nearly conjured a second on two occasions on 75 minutes as first Matt Ritchie saw a top-corner bound 25-yard effort brilliantly tipped wide by Tony Roberts, before Scott Cuthbert's header was cleared off the line from the subsequent corner.

Town were looking like seeing the game out but the Daggers fashioned an equaliser on 84 minutes, as Frampton's clearing header was scuffed into the ground by Peter Gain and took a wicked deflection as it looped over the helpless Phil Smith and into the corner.

It was cruel on Paul Hart's side who had done all the hard work, and despite the introduction of Elliot Benyon late on, they looked unlikely to break down a stubborn Daggers backline for a second time.

It was Benyon himself who might have snatched the points in the dying seconds as Michael Rose's cross flashed its way across the box, but the former Torquay man couldn't react quickly enough and poked it just wide.

There was still time for the game's major talking point as Paul Caddis raced into the box four minutes into injury time and looked to have been brought down by Mark Arber, but referee Sutton failed to give what looked a clear cut penalty.

The final whistle followed soon after along with vigorous protests from Town, but despite the protestations, their winless run continued.

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