The score line tells its own story but it wouldn’t be biased to say that today’s 4-0 score line flattered promotion chasing Dagenham a little. Dagenham had some quality attacking players on display notably Oliver Hawkins and their clinical finishing was certainly the difference. The key for Steve Housham will be to get his players to take positives from the game because Ferriby created enough chances to have made it a far less one sided scoreline.
Ferriby started very brightly and they seemed to surprise their high flying opponents. Reece Thompson had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the 11th minute. A defensive mix up left Thompson in on goal and when he rounded the goalkeeper it looked like he was certain to score a carbon copy of his goal at York a few days earlier. As Steve Housham commented after the match however Thompson was guilty of celebrating before the ball was in the net and he put his shot into the side netting. This would prove to be a massive blow to Ferriby in more ways than one.
A few minutes after Ferriby should have taken the lead Dagenham went up the other end and were more clinical. Sam Topliss found himself in a one on one battle with Fejiri Okenabirhie who managed to shrug him off before shooting across the advancing Rory Watson and into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead. No sooner had Dagenham scored their first they had their second. This time the ball was bobbling around in the box and it fell to the feet of Oliver Hawkins and Dagenham’s top scorer smashed a shot off the cross bar and down into the net for 2-0. Two slight defensive lapses had suddenly given Ferriby a mountain to climb.
Dagenham were now well on top and they got a third a few minutes later. This was the best goal of the bunch by far. Daggers captain Luke Guttridge powered his way through midfield and towards the box, as he reached the left hand corner of the box he opened his foot out and curled an unstoppable shot into the opposite corner. It was a finish from the top drawer and this sealed the three points before half time for the away side.
Ferriby did miss a succession of half chances towards the end of the first half. Levi Sutton had a shot from distance that was relatively easily saved, Mark Gray was then denied when his header from a corner was also saved before Ben Middleton swivelled in the box when he chested down a long throw in but he fired his shot just over the bar. This was as good as it got for Ferriby and Dagenham maintained a healthy half time lead.
HT North Ferriby United 0-3 Dagenham and Redbridge
Ferriby started the second half well and tried to find some consolation at the very least. Curtis Bateson was looking dangerous on his return to the starting eleven following a lengthy injury and he almost set up a goal when he cut in from the wing and saw his shot parried. The rebound just wouldn’t fall for a Ferriby player in the box and that was the story of the game for The Villagers.
After absorbing a lot of pressure for a large part of the second half the away side showed their clinical edge once again when they got a fourth goal. They broke quickly when Ferriby lost the ball in their half and an excellent square ball was played across to Hawkins who found the bottom corner for his second goal of the game.
Perhaps understandably the rest of the game was quite flat because Ferriby were deflated and Dagenham had got the result they came for. Ferriby never gave up but it was one of days where it wouldn’t fall for them in front of goal and the clinical nature of Dagenham’s attackers was the difference.
FT North Ferriby United 0-4 Dagenham and Redbridge
Following Ferriby Man of the Match: Danny Emerton