Date: 25th March 2017 at 5:05pm
Written by: Vital York City

York City slipped to a first away defeat in ten games after Dagenham & Redbridge substitute Frankie Raymond scored a late winner at The Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The Minstermen twice struck the woodwork but it was a particularly scrappy encounter that was eventually settled when Raymond curled beyond debutant goalkeeper Scott Loach.

There were earlier three changes from the thrilling midweek victory against Southport with the introduction of former England Under-21 international goalkeeper Loach and recalls for both Adriano Moke and Alex Whittle. Dropping out were the injured Kyle Letheren, Shaun Rooney and Aidan Connolly – the latter two reverting to the bench.

Dagenham’s leading goalscorer Ollie Hawkins wasn’t even in their sixteen, although Corey Whitely had an immediate shot deflected behind while veteran striker Paul Benson headed straight at Loach before the debutant also turned aside from Elliott Romain.

Returning defender Whittle was soon blocking well from Luke Howell, who also sent a further attempt wide before Whitely dragged behind.

Vadaine Oliver headed over from Sean Newton’s corner towards the other end, while Jon Parkin proved too high after neatly exchanging passes with Amari Morgan-Smith.

Newton’s first-half injury-time cross was then headed onto the crossbar by Morgan-Smith and Hamza Bencherif crashed the rebound over as the visitors went closest to breaking through.

Howell tried an immediate response on the restart but Daniel Parlsow’s long clearance suddenly avoided completely everyone and bizarrely bounced off an upright and directly into relieved goalkeeper Elliott Justham’s hands. Craig Robson screwed badly wide at the other end.

The Minstermen attacked again with Oliver heading wide a cross from Simon Heslop while Daggers’ Whitely failed to take advantage of Guttridge’s inviting low delivery.

Whittle next headed over Parslow’s cross when left unmarked at the far post and Oliver struck weakly at Justham following Parkin’s lay-off.

Dagenham went desperately close themselves as Romain’s close-range header from Curtley Williams’ cross was somehow blocked by newcomer Loach as the action was becoming even more direct.

Newton later hoisted a 78th minute free-kick over after Parkin was fouled, before Sam Muggleton was brought off the bench to instantly deliver a long throw from which Asa Hall’s shot was parried by Justham.

But it was substitute Raymond curling into the bottom corner with a rare moment of quality just eight minutes from the end of a decidedly low-standard contest.

Hall replied by heading Newton’s free-kick directly at Justham before opposite number Loach turned aside from Whitely during four minutes of added time.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Williams, Doe, Robson, Widdowson, Howell, Staunton, Guttridge (Raymond 78), Romain, Benson, Whitely

subs (unused): Cousins, Maguire-Drew, Robinson, Ling

Goals: Raymond (82)

York City: Loach, Parslow, Bencherif, Newton, Heslop, Moke (Fenwick 88), Hall (Connolly 88), Whittle, Morgan-Smith (Muggleton 78), Parkin, Oliver

subs (unused): Rooney, Holmes

Ref: C. Brook

Att: 1,659 (288 York)