Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Notts County (National League) 02.12.20
It was a frustrating evening for Notts County in the capital but one that Manager Neal Ardley was happy to come away with a point in as the Magpies were held at Dagenham despite having the majority of the chances and in having a huge claim for a penalty turned down just after half time.
The match started with Notts on the front foot with Elisha Sam first to test the goalkeeper, curling a shot straight at Jackman from the edge of the area on two minutes.
Rodrigues was next to go close on eleven minutes but couldn’t fully get his strike away from Kelly-Evans cross as he scuffed his low centre straight at the keeper.
A minute later, Jake Reeves received the ball from a short corner twenty yards out and struck a fierce shot that hit the post, Notts doing everything but scoring as the away side well on top from the off.
On twenty minutes Sam again went close as Justham was forced to save his effort for a second time before more chances for Rodrigues and Reeves who couldn’t find the target.
Notts frustrated to be in at the break not having taken the lead.
That frustration boiled over even more two minutes into the second half as Wootton went down as he looked certain to score, Referee seeing nothing wrong with the challenge to Notts dismay.
The Magpies almost took a fortuitous lead on the hour when Reeves shot deflected off Wootton inches wide of the post, it looked to be one of those nights when if played up until midnight there would still be no score.
There was a debut for Tom Walker who replaced Enzio Boldewijn but the Harrogate loanee couldn’t unlock any doors either, the home team had their best spell late on when Wilson’s shot deflected wide before a free kick from Wright hit the post on 74 minutes and then Balanta had two bites of the cherry but couldn’t force his effort on target after an initial shot was blocked by Rawlinson.
Wootton blazed over with eight minutes remaining before O’Brien’s late effort was deflected wide to no avail, Notts in the end satisfied with an away point that moves them back up to sixth in the table.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, McCallum, Johnson, Deering, Croll, Clark, Brundle, Wright, Wilson, Weston (Balanta 67), Ogogo.
Notts County: Slocombe, Kelly-Evans, Turner, Rawlinson, Chicksen, Doyle, Reeves, Rodrigues (Knowles 72), Boldewijn (Walker 56), Sam (O’Brien 82), Wootton.
Venue: Victoria Road
*Main image @Dag_RedFC Dion Kelly-Evans fights for the ball in a goalless draw in London.