Dagenham & Redbridge had to fight hard to win this cup replay and a scoreline of 3-0 at the end rather flatters them. The home side signalled their intentions by lining up 3-4-3, with Mark Rooney the unlucky defender to find himself on the bench. Junior McDougald (pictured left) wore the number 2 shirt, playing on the left of a front three.
It was Basingstoke Town that shot out of the blocks though, forcing the hero of the first tie, Tony Roberts into action in the first 30 seconds. Another chance came and went for the visitors before a Charlery flick on in the 3rd minute found McDougald with all sorts of space behind the Basingstoke defence. The forward calmly shimmied to send the keeper the wrong way, and then slotted his first of a season that has seen him on the injured list for most of it.
Basingstoke rallied and had the better of the rest of the first half, a combination of bad luck and bad finishing keeping the Daggers in front. Tony Roberts though looked particularly assured despite a damp surface and slippy ball from constant rain. In the 41st minute a good move by the Daggers left Ken Charlery with a shooting opportunity and his shot across the keeper crashed into the post and then in off hapless defender Jason Bristow. No-one could argue that the Daggers were lucky to be up at all, let alone 2 goals to the good at half time.
The second half saw Dagenham exert more control on the match and begin to make inroads with some excellent passing moves. Despite this the visitors continued to press, although the lack of firepower up front meant that it never looked likely that they could pull back the deficit. In the 73rd minute the Daggers best move of the match saw half time substitute Danny Shipp, playing in central midfield, pick out Ken Charlery (pictured right) with a pinpoint cross. "Oh Kenny, Kenny" met the ball with a picture perfect volley to put the result beyond doubt. Late in the game, Mark Stein was put clean through but hit his shot too near the keeper to continue his run of games without a goal.
The Daggers will have been pleased to win this one in the end, having been all but out in the first game, but the 3-0 scoreline flatters to deceive. The win sets up a First Round Proper meeting with Southport on November 17th. Southport drew at Victoria Road in the first league game of the season, but Dagenham must be favorites to progress to the second round of the cup once again.