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Daggers 1-1 Bromley: Match report

Bromley players celebrate their last minute equaliser

Dagenham and Redbridge conceded an injury time equaliser, as former Daggers player Reeco Hackett-Fairchild scored with virtually the last kick of the game to give Bromley a point at Victoria Road.

The visitors were unbeaten in their first eight games of the National League season and only just kept that run going against Peter Taylor’s side.

Daggers got the start they would have dreamed of and took the lead in the second minute through the head of Balanta.

But they spurned chances to grab a second goal and, after some late pressure from Bromley, Hackett-Fairchild turned in the box and fired a low shot past Elliot Justham.

The point means Daggers move up to twelfth in the National League table, but they will rue several missed opportunities.

The hosts kicked the game off and barely 60 seconds later they were in front.

James Dobson crossed from the right flank and there was nothing Mark Cousins in the Bromley goal could do about it.

After grabbing the early goal, the home side dominated the first half, pressing the visitors well and were rarely troubled in defence.

Daggers had a chance to make double their lead after 20 minutes when some nice footwork by Balanta sent Joan Luque away but he ran the ball out of play under pressure from the Bromley keeper, and former Daggers man, Cousins.

The visitors struggled in the opening exchanges but hit the post midway through the first half, with a long spell of play resulting in the woodwork being struck from a tight angle.

There were further chances for Daggers. Luque and Balanta continued to link well, with Balanta’s teasing cross just evading his teammate 10 minutes before half time.

Balanta’s footwork gave them another opportunity to score. The home side had men over on the attack but the goal scorer lost control under pressure from the Bromley defence.

Bromley started the better of the two teams in the second half and nearly equalised when Luke Coulson’s long, floated free-kick nearly found the bottom corner, but for Justham tipping it round the post.

The game opened up, with chances for both teams although Daggers still looked the stronger side.

Dobson had a cross-shot tipped over by Cousins after a quick break down the Daggers right.

Going into the final 20 minutes, Justham saved a Bromley header, which went straight at him following a long throw.

Down the other end, Joan Luque, unmarked from another Dobson cross, lifted the ball over the bar when he really should have done better.

Minutes later, Mitch Brundle shot wide following a bit of pinball after a corner.

As the game became more stretched, Daggers continued to look for a second.

Bagasan Graham, on as a sub for Dobson, had a tame shot easily saved after a mazy run inside from the right.

Daggers were lucky to not concede a penalty when, after 82 minutes, Will Wright looked to have brought down former Dagenham man Reeco Hackett-Fairchild but the referee waved play on.

And Elliot Justham denied Bromley an equaliser at the start of injury time, tipping over a free kick that seemed destined for the top corner.

But, with virtually the last kick of the game, Hackett-Fairchild struck to break Daggers’ hearts.

They deserved all three points but come away with just one. 

Attendance: 1526 (128 away)

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