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King's Lynn left searching for first home win in the National League

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King's Lynn Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 2

It was the classic game of two halves as King's Lynn Town were still left searching for their first home win of the season.

Ian Culverhouse's side were outstanding in the opening 45 minutes of this National League encounter at The Walks before second half strikes from Joshua Walker and Myles Weston ensured that the three points went back to East London.

A deflected effort from Junior Morias did see Lynn score their first goal on home soil this term but it was too little, too late in front of another disappointing crowd.

Ross Barroes goes close for Lynn. Picture: Tim Smith (51129834)
Ross Barroes goes close for Lynn. Picture: Tim Smith (51129834)

Despite their first half masterclass in front of the BT Sport cameras, Lynn lacked the same intensity after the interval as Dagenham displayed exactly why they have started the season so well.

An injury to striker Gold Omotayo forced Culverhouse into at least one change to his starting line-up from the one at Eastleigh.

But Kyle Callan-McFadden, Munashe Sundire and Malachi Linton were all relegated to the bench as the Linnets boss handed full debuts to both Zain Walker – signed on loan from Bristol Rovers in the week – and Ipswich loanee Brett McGavin.

It was vintage stuff from Lynn in the first 45 minutes – the only ingredient their enterprise lacked was a goal.

Midfielder Ethan Coleman forced visiting goalkeeper Elliot Justham into an early save down to his left in the opening few minutes and Joe Rowley repeated the dose shortly after as he capitalised on a slack pass out from the Daggers.

New boy Walker then combined with Barrows down the right and a delightful cross whistled across the face of the visitors goal with the running in Morias unable

Midway through the half, Brett McGavin picked out Barrows with a staggering crossfield pass and the wing-back just failed to connect at the back post.

Striker Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (51129836)
Striker Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (51129836)

Lynn continued to dominate and the impressive McGavin was again the creator to pick out Morias who found an inch of space behind the Dagenham backline before blazing his effort wide of the target.

High-flying Dagenham found themselves on the backfoot for long spells of the first period, but when they did venture forward. Mauro Vilhete was at the heart of any danger.

Eleven minutes before the interval, the Portugese playmaker played in Matt Robinson but his shot was comfortably dealt with by Paul Jones.

On the stroke of half-time, Barrows sent Rowley clear down the right and the midfielder's cross was met on the half-volley by McGavin who saw his effort brilliantly kept out by Southam down to his left as the ball threatened to creep in at his far post.

Whatever visiting manager Daryl McMahon said at the break clearly worked as the Essex outfit were a completely different animal at the start of the second half.

Two minutes after the restart, the Daggers took the lead when good work from substitute Myles Weston and George Saunders allowed Joshua Walker to tap home from a few yards out.

The visitors should have doubled their advantage three minutes later after Vilhete placed his effort wide of the mark after some stunning interplay.

Jones was at his brilliant best to divert Walker's powerful effort behind for a corner as the visitors looked to turn the screw further by adding a second.

The hosts sent on the trio Michael Clunan, Linton and Sundire in the final 25 minutes but Lynn rarely looked liked breaching a stubborn Dagenham and Redbridge backline which was superbly marshalled by Elliott Johnson.

Six minutes from time, Morias controlled well in the box before drilling across the face of goal.

Daggenham doubled the advantage in the dying minutes as Weston found space just inside the box before planting the ball past Jones and there will still time for Morias to pull one back deep into injury time.

New signing Zain Walker. Picture: Tim Smith. (51129838)
New signing Zain Walker. Picture: Tim Smith. (51129838)

King's Lynn Town: P Jones, Fernandez. Denton, Bird, Bowry (Sundire 79 ), Coleman, Morias, McGavin (Clunan 75), Barrows, Walker (Linton 66), Rowley. Subs: Callan-McFadden and A. Jones.

Scorer: Morias 90+1.

Booked: Fernandez, Denton, Bowry, Barrows.

Dagenham and Redbridge; Justham, Wright, Reynolds, Johnson, Saunders, Phipps (Weston 46), Ling, Robinson, Vilhete, Walker (Rance 90), McCallum. Subs not used: Clark, Wilson and Scott.

Scorer: Walker 47, Weston 88.

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