U’s lose scrappy Essex derby

npower League One Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Colchester Utd 0

BAS Savage’s scrappy first half goal proved enough for Dagenham & Redbridge to see off Colchester United in a scrappy Essex derby.

Savage side-footed home a loose ball in the box after Romain Vincelot had somehow bundled his way through a series of challenges in the 11th minute.

That proved to be the winner as both sides showed little quality on a bobbly surface and the home side’s five-man midfield crowded out the visitors at Victoria Road.

Ian Henderson fired inches the wrong side of the near post and also had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, but in truth the U’s rarely threatened.

There were a few boos from the frustrated visiting fans at the break and introduction of Steven Gillespie off the bench at the interval failed to lift John Ward’s team.

Jon Nurse headed a corner just wide for Dagenham, while Anthony Wordsworth chipped onto the roof of the net in what as even more forgettable second half.

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There were yet more boos from the away fans at the end as Colchester slipped even further off the top isx.

– Reaction to follow. Full match report in tomorrow’s EADT.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE (4-5-1): Roberts; Ogogo, Doe, Arber (cpt), Ilesanmi; Green, Taiwo, Vincelot, Gain, Nurse; Savage (Morgan 65).

Unused Subs: Lewington; Ifil, Walsh; Bingham, Currie, Tomlin.

Booked: Green (85).

COLCHESTER UTD (4-4-1-1): Williams; White, Heath, Clarke, Coker; Henderson, James (Gillespie 46), Izzet, Wordsworth (Vincent 74); Bond; Odejayi (O’Toole 81).

Unused Subs: Cousins; Baldwin, Beevers; Perkins.

Booked: James (32).

Referee: Mr G Ward.

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