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All To Play For As Daggers And Rovers Draw

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It`s all to play for in Sunday`s second leg of the Vanarama National League play-off semi-final following a 1-1 draw between Dagenham & Redbridge and Forest Green Rovers at Victoria Road on Thursday night.

There had been only a couple of points separating the sides in the regular season and, despite Forest Green finishing in third place, the Daggers were unbeaten against them in the league.

So, it came as little surprise that this was an even contest.

It was the home side who threatened first through the lively Cory Whitely, who tested Forest Green `keeper Sam Russell.

However, on the half-hour mark, the visitors took the lead in somewhat controversial circumstances with a penalty decision award for something we`ve seen more and more of in recent seasons.

Striker Omar Bugiel displayed some neat footwork before falling under the challenge of Daggers` keeper Mark Cousins.

But replays on BT Sport showed that the forward clearly put his leg into Cousins` challenge rather than actually being brought down and although it looked a clear-cut penalty on first viewing, displayed doubts when replayed.

Forest Green skipper Liam Noble duly converted the spot-kick to put his side in front.

Despite this set-back, the home side battled back and were level again right on the stroke of half-time when Jordan Maguire-Drew challenged a defender for a ball over the top which was helped on by striker Paul Benson and then smashed it into the roof of the net past Russell.

Fejiri Okenabirhie had a great opportunity after the restart but his cross-shot whipped past the far post.

But second half chances were few and far between as the teams tended to cancel each other out.


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