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3-2
Dagenham & Redbridge (A)
15:00 - Saturday 2nd October 2021
National League (Victoria Road)
Goals: Callum Reynolds [10' og] Josh Hancock [87'] Dan Mooney [94']
Goals (Opponent): Mauro Vilhete [35'] Matt Robinson [41']
Attendance: 1360
Referee: Scott Tallis
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Dan Mooney
9 Marcus Dinanga
72
11 Ryan Colclough
15 Matty Kosylo
57
19 David Fitzpatrick
37
24 Joel Senior
25 Toby Mullarkey
28 Dean Furman
Substitutes
57
Dagenham & Redbridge
1 Elliot Justham
5 Will Wright (c)
2 Callum Reynolds
3 Elliott Johnson
11 Myles Weston
8 Mo Sagaf
26 Joey Jones
72
12 Matt Robinson
20 Mauro Vilhete
7 Josh Walker
83
9 Paul McCallum
Substitutes
6 Kenny Clark
10 Angelo Balanta
72
15 Scott Wilson
18 Ryley Scott
19 Sam Ling
83
01 Oct 2021 by John Edwards

The Robins will be looking to secure a hat-trick of wins this weekend when they make the long journey south to face table-topping Dagenham & Redbridge at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

After the late defeat to Wealdstone, Phil Parkinson’s side have bounced back in impressive fashion, beating Notts County 1-0 before putting four past King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday evening at The J. Davidson Stadium.

Alty took the lead in the 12th minute when Ryan Colclough curled a shot beyond experienced ‘keeper Paul Jones, after Matty Kosylo had won the ball back on the halfway line.

King’s Lynn pressed well, with Tony Thompson in top form to prevent the Norfolk-based side from hitting the back of the net.

Having seen a goalbound effort cleared off the line moments earlier, Jake Moult double the hosts’ advantage in the 52nd minute before Dan Mooney’s close-range strike looked to have put the game to bed.

The Linnets did threaten a comeback late in the game when Junior Morias thundered the ball into the top corner from range, but substitute Josh Hancock put an exclamation mark on a fine second-half performance, stabbing Joel Senior’s cross home from the edge of the six-yard box.

You can watch the highlights of that 4-1 win by pressing play below.

Following that result, the Robins moved up to eighth in the Vanarama National League, seven points behind leaders Dagenham & Redbridge, having played two fewer games than the Daggers.

This will be the first meeting between the sides since last season’s game on Saturday, 20th March at The J. Davidson Stadium. On that occasion, a late goal from visiting defender Will Wright extended the Robins’ winless run to four games.

Daggers defender Kenny Clark earlier cleared a looping Colclough header off the line before Scott Wilson's deflected effort went just wide at the other end.

The game seemed to be heading for a draw until Wright's fantastic free-kick, after a foul by Tom Hannigan, arched beyond the reach of Thompson with 10 minutes to play.

Alty had a chance late on to claim a point, when Senior’s cross found Toby Mullarkey inside the box, but the defender fired over.

You can watch the highlights of that 1-0 defeat by pressing play below.

The Opponents

Founded in 1992 after the merging of no fewer than five clubs, Dagenham & Redbridge are one of many in this division with a Football League background. Between 2007 and 2016, the Daggers played their football in Leagues One and Two, before suffering relegation back into non-League after the 2015/16 season.

They almost bounced back at the first time of asking, qualifying for the National League play-offs before losing 3-1 to Forest Green Rovers at the semi-final stage.

The following three seasons proved to be tougher for the club, finishing no higher than 11th and leaving their supporters wondering when they were going to see their team mount another promotion challenge.

After an inconsistent start to the 2020/21 campaign, Dagenham & Redbridge ended the season in fine form, only just missing out on a play-off place. With momentum firmly on their side, the Daggers have come out all guns blazing, sitting atop the Vanarama National League after six wins, one draw and one loss.

Keeping hold of talismanic striker Paul McCallum over the summer no doubt boosted their hopes for the coming year, and his form in front of goal, alongside strike partner Josh Walker, is a big reason behind their brilliant start.

In their last game against Solihull Moors, a dominant Daggers performance served up goals from Walker, Scott Wilson, Mauro Vilhete and, with a brace, McCallum.

Solihull took the lead when James Ball, a very early substitute for the injured Danny Newton, scored from Joe Sbarra's cross. However, the Daggers found an equaliser 10 minutes later as McCallum fired home from close range.

The home side were awarded a penalty three minutes later when Walker was pulled down in the box. Picking himself up, he converted the spot-kick, sending Ryan Boot the wrong way.

Wilson continued the scoring for Dagenham with 14 minutes left after being set up by Mo Sagaf, and four minutes after that, Vilhete headed home Myles Weston's cross.

McCallum's second of the game finished Solihull off in the 90th minute as Dagenham converted their second penalty to secure a 5-1 win.

The Manager

Our hosts on Saturday are managed by Daryl McMahon, who took over the Daggers in January 2020, only 24 hours after resigning from his position at Macclesfield Town. The Irishman replaced Peter Taylor, who had departed the club in December 2019, following a poor run of form.

A former pro who came through the West Ham United Academy, the midfielder developed a wealth of experience across the Football League, featuring for the likes of Port Vale and Leyton Orient, before stepping into non-League with Stevenage Borough in 2007. He spent two years there before signing with Cambridge United.

Between 2009 and 2015, McMahon featured for seven non-League clubs, making a total of 223 appearances, scoring 31 goals, before hanging up his boots at Boreham Wood, a club where the Irishman endured his fourth play-off final defeat in only six years.

Originally a caretaker, McMahon got his first taste of management with Ebbsfleet United in 2014, spending four seasons with the Fleet and helping them to promotion from the NL South with a play-off victory over Chelmsford City.

After leaving by mutual consent, he was handed the reins at Macclesfield Town in August 2019, but with the club in deep financial trouble, he resigned shortly after.

After ending the 2020/21 season strongly, McMahon not only kept the majority of his squad together, but added further quality to his team. Summer signings Sam Ling (ex-Leyton Orient) and Walker (ex-Barnet) hit the ground running, the latter combining with McCallum to form the most potent strike force in the league.

Having said that, they will no doubt be tested at the weekend against the National League’s joint-best defence, one which has conceded only seven goals so far this season.

A win for Altrincham at the weekend could move them above Bromley into seventh, level on points with Notts County in sixth, while a win for Dagenham & Redbridge would further cement their place at the top of the table.

Last five league games

Dagenham & Redbridge: DWWLW (F13 A7)

Altrincham: LWLWW (F8 A6)

Listen to the game Live on Radio Robins

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The broadcast starts at 2.45pm

The match commentary sponsor is Andy’s Man Club.

The commentary team is Brian Flynn, Mark Simpson and Laurence Howarth.

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03 Oct 2021 by John Edwards

*There's just no stopping him .. Dan Mooney is pictured here celebrating his goal against King's Lynn Town last Tuesday, and he was at it again on Saturday. Photo by Michael Ripley.

Dagenham & Redbridge 2, Altrincham 3 - match report by Ed Painter

Dan Mooney’s strike deep into stoppage time completed a dramatic comeback as Altrincham dislodged Dagenham & Redbridge from the top of the Vanarama National League and made it three straight wins in the space of a week at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Marcus Dinanga’s deflected strike handed Alty the lead after 10 minutes before goals from Mauro Vilhete and Matt Robinson saw the Daggers ahead at the break. 

The Robins improved greatly in the second half, as Mooney, Dinanga and Ryan Colclough all had efforts which tested home ‘keeper Elliot Justham. 

A goal from Josh Hancock, with three minutes left, looked to have snatched a deserved point, as the substitute bent the ball beyond the reach of the shot-stopper. 

But Mooney sent the Alty fans into raptures when he thundered the ball home from the edge of the area with only seconds left to round off a fantastic week for Phil Parkinson and his side. 

In the pouring rain, it was Dagenham who started the better as Josh Walker headed Myles Weston’s dangerous cross wide within the first minute. 

However, with their first real attack of the game, Altrincham edged their way in front when a great run down the wing from Joel Senior allowed the full-back to put the ball on a plate for Dinanga.

The Alty striker's effort deflected off Callum Reynolds into the bottom corner, and the Robins' opener was officially credited as an own goal. 

Daryl McMahon’s men were pushing hard for a leveller and, in the 27th minute, only the heroics of Tony Thompson denied them a way back into the game. Stepping up to take a free-kick, home captain Will Wright looked certain to have picked out the top right corner, but the Alty number one got his fingertips to the effort, leaving the Dagenham support stunned. 

With the weather worsening, the table toppers were able to take advantage. Ten minutes before the break, Vilhete had all the time and space he needed to turn the ball home from close range.

Things went from bad to worse for Alty as only six minutes later, they found themselves behind. Despite initially defending a deep cross into the box well, the ball fell kindly for Robinson, who made no mistake a yard or two out. 

It seemed like the Daggers were the more likely to add to the score in the second half, with Toby Mullarkey needing to be at his best to clear Wright’s shot off the line, before Thompson smothered the rebound. 

As the game reached the hour mark, the Alty supporters started to sense that the tide was turning and, after scuffing an effort wide moments earlier, Colclough was left wondering how he hadn’t scored when a thunderbolt from 25 yards struck the inside of the upright before bouncing to safety. 

The rain was not letting up, but it was the Robins who looked more comfortable, as the men in yellow started to find space behind a tiring Dagenham defence. With 80 minutes played, an excellent flick from Colclough released Senior into plenty of space down the wing. 

On the receiving end of a delightful ball, Hancock spotted Mooney in a good position, but winger’s shot arced just the wrong side of the foot of the post. 

With time running out, it looked as though Alty might be heading back north empty-handed, but Hancock had other ideas. On the receiving end of another terrific ball from Senior in the 87th minute, the substitute took one touch before bending his effort beyond the fingertips of Justham and into the back of the net. 

And with what was the last kick of the game, Mooney got the goal his performance had deserved, hammering the ball home among a sea of Dagenham legs, after A-Jay Leitch-Smith had done well to keep possession of the ball. 

Altrincham: Tony Thompson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult ©, Dan Mooney, Marcus Dinanga (A-Jay Leitch-Smith 72), Ryan Colclough, Matty Kosylo (Josh Hancock 57), David Fitzpatrick (Shaun Densmore 37), Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, Dean Furman. 

Yellow Cards: Ryan Colclough 

Unused Subs: Ben Pringle, Tom Peers 

Dagenham & Redbridge: Elliot Justham, Will Wright ©, Callum Reynolds, Elliott Johnson, Myles Weston, Mo Sagaf, Joey Jones (Angelo Balanta 72), Matt Robinson, Mauro Vilhete, Josh Walker (Sam Ling 83), Paul McCallum. 

Yellow Cards: None 

Unused Subs: Kenny Clark, Scott Wilson, Ryley Scott 

Referee: Scott Tallis 

Attendance: 1,360

I honestly don't even know what to say!! Full time, three points, soaked to the bone.WHO BLOODY CARES! (2-3)
94' DAN MOONEY YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN!!! Ball breaks to him just inside the box and he hammers home! (2-3)
93' Dagenham corner headed over by McCallum (2-2)
90' Three minutes of extra time. (2-2)
87' WE ARE LEVEL!!Great ball by Senior, who picks the midfielder out, before he takes a touch and bends the ball beyond Justham! (2-2)
82' Alty corner. It is cleared off the line by McCallum, before the referee pulls Colclough up for a foul. The attacker is booked for dissent. (2-1)
81' Weston looks to have found McCallum with a low ball, but Mullarkey gets a vital touch to clear the danger. (2-1)
79' Alty banging on the door here.Excellent touch from Colclough, who frees Senior into space. The fullback picks out Hancock, who in turn tees up Mooney, but his curled effort is agonisingly wide. (2-1)
77' What a challenge from Hannigan. Walker looks to pull the trigger, but the Alty centre back makes an excellent sliding challenge to clear the danger. Straight up the other end of the pitch, Mooney strikes the post. (2-1)
72' Final change for Alty as Dinanga is replaced by Leitch-Smith. (2-1)
70' A good piece of control by Mooney, who chests the ball down to Dinanga, but his shot is straight down the throat of Justham. (2-1)
While we get the chance, a big shout out to the 70 Alty fans who have made the long journey south to back the Robins today (2-1)
61' SOOOO CLOSE FROM COLCLOUGH! The attacker takes a touch of the ball and fires a thunderbolt against the upright from long range. (2-1)
60' A shot by Colclough from the corner of the box is scuffed and bobbles wide. (2-1)
57' Second sub for Alty as Josh Hancock comes on for Kosylo. (2-1)
55' Another top save from Thompson, who does well to deal with a powerful shot in difficult conditions. (2-1)
53' A good break by Alty as the ball is fed to Mooney just outside the Dagenham box. He cuts inside of his man but his shot dribbles wide. (2-1)
52' Senior is played into space in the box and goes down under a challenge, but nothing given. (2-1)
50' Cleared off the line by Mullarkey. Wright is given far too much time to run the length of the pitch. His shot is saved by Thompson and the follow up is hacked away by Toby. (2-1)
49' Corner to Dagenham. Headed well over by McCallum at the near post (2-1)
47' Mo Sagaf strikes from range, but Thompson gathers the ball. (2-1)
46' Second half is underway. COME ON YOU REDS!! (2-1)
Half Time in London as Alty trail going into the second period. An early own goal was cancelled out by goals from Vilhete and Robinson (2-1)
45' Dinanga's shot is blocked as the referee announces four minutes of extra time. (2-1)
41' Dagenham have the lead.A cross to the back post isn't dealt with and Matt Robinson stabs home. (2-1)
39' A cross into the box from Kosylo is just behind Dinanga. Much better from Alty. (1-1)
37' An enforced sub for Alty as David Fitzpatrick is replaced by Shaun Densmore. (1-1)
35' Dagenham equalise. Vilhete has space at the far post to turn the ball home from close range. (1-1)
32' Good play from Kosylo, who works some space to get the ball into the box. Mooney is on the receiving end but can't get the ball out of his feet and Dagenham clear. (0-1)
30' A deep ball into the box from Weston finds McCallum, but his header is off target. (0-1)
27' WHAT A SAVE.Will Wright's attempt looks destined for the top corner, but Thompson tips it behind. (0-1)
21' Alty under a bit of pressure here. A ball to the back post finds the head of Will Wright, but he heads against the post and the ball is cleared. (0-1)
18' From a throw in, Colclough skips over a challenge, but fires wide from 20 yards out. (0-1)
16' Walker looks to be the main threat for Dagenham, as he gets past Hannigan before blazing his effort high and wide. (0-1)
14' Will Wright's cross into the Alty box is just beyond the reach of the red shirt at the back post. (0-1)
12' Almost a second for Alty. Marcus Dinanga collects the ball in the box, turns past his marker but fires narrowly over. (0-1)
10' ALTY HAVE THE LEAD! Looks to be an own goal. We take those. Great run down the wing and an excellent ball by Senior from the edge of the box takes a wicked deflection and goes in (0-1)
7' A weak shot from Matt Robinson is comfortably collected by Thompson. (0-0)
5' Corner for Dagenham is headed clear by Fitzpatrick. (0-0)
2' Early penalty shout for Alty after Colclough is shouldered off the ball, but the referee waives his claims away! (0-0)
1' Weston gets the ball into the box but Walker heads wide under pressure from Hannigan (0-0)
1' The whistle is blown and we have kick-off. COME ON YOU REDS! (0-0)
Teams are on their way out. Might be a bit of a soggy one today.
Fifteen minutes until we get underway at The Chigwell Construction Stadium. Who else is excited for this one?
Dagenham & Redbridge Team News: Starting XI: Elliot Justham, Will Wright (c), Callum Reynolds, Elliott Johnson, Myles Weston, Mo Sagaf, Joey Jones, Matt Robinson, Mauro Vilhete, Josh Walker, Paul McCallum. Subs: Kenny Clark, Angelo Balanta, Scott Wilson, Ryley Scott, Sam Ling.
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Tony Thompson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Dan Mooney, Marcus Dinanga, Ryan Colclough, Matty Kosylo, David Fitzpatrick, Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, Dean Furman. Subs: Shaun Densmore, Josh Hancock, Ben Pringle, Tom Peers, A-Jay Leitch-Smith
Hello and welcome to today's Matchday Live coverage of our game against Dagenham & Redbridge. Our hosts currently occupy top spot in the Vanarama National League table after six wins, one draw, and one loss from their opening eight league games. Alty on the other hand enter this tie on the back of two impressive victories, the 1-0 win against Notts County and the 4-1 triumph over King's Lynn Town. However, our last trip to the capital saw us return home empty handed, after Medy Elito's 100th minute penalty helped Wealdstone to a 1-0 win. Can Phil Parkinson's men bag their third successive victory this afternoon? Stay tuned for all the latest updates from the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Your match updates are brought to you live by Ed Painter.