December 26, 2012
Shrimpers dispatch of Daggers to extend run
Promotion chasers Southend blew away mid-table Dagenham with an emphatic 3-0 Boxing Day win.
Leading scorer Gavin Tomlin bagged a fine double against his former employers and midfielder Kevan Hurst also netted as the visitors stretched their impressive unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions.
Paul Sturrock's side were always in control at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium and needed just 59 seconds to take the lead.
And it was former Dagenham striker Tomlin who struck from close range, albeit a deflected goal.
Luke Howell rifled wide at the other end as the hosts went close to levelling, before Tomlin bagged his second to double the visitors' lead after 14 minutes. Again it was a close-range finish as Tomlin made it 13 goals in his last 10 matches.
Sam Williams had a shot saved by Southend `keeper Paul Smith and also headed wide of the upright, but the away side dominated and Hurst put the contest out of reach when he found the top left corner with a superb strike 10 minutes after the break.
Williams headed against the roof of the bar from a Femi Ilesanmi cross with 11 minutes left, but by then the damage had been done.
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Southend United|
|1 Chris Lewington||1 Paul Smith|
|6 Michael Spillane||23 Chris Barker|
|4 Scott Doe||27 Tamika Mkandawire|
|2 Luke Wilkinson||16 Luke Prosser|
|3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi||2 Sean Clohessy|
|17 Luke Howell||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|12 Medy Elito||14 Kevan Hurst|
|19 Abu Ogogo||8 Michael Timlin|
|15 Matthew Saunders||26 Marc Laird|
|7 Sam Williams||21 Gavin Tomlin|
|14 Jake Reed||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|30 Jordan Seabright||Daniel Bentley 17|
|18 Gavin Hoyte||Mark Phillips 15|
|21 Jake Caprice||Anthony Straker 3|
|16 Kevin Maher||Scott Donnelly 12|
|24 Billy Bingham||David Martin 11|
|10 Joshua Scott||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|23 Brian Woodall||Barry Corr 10|
|Jake Caprice for Jake Reed (46)||Barry Corr for Britt Assombalonga (79)|
|Brian Woodall for Michael Spillane (46)||Freddy Eastwood for Gavin Tomlin (85)|
|Joshua Scott for Medy Elito (69)|
|Luke Wilkinson (77)|
|· Squads: Dagenham & Redbridge | Southend United|