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11 January 2020 Venue Meadow Lane Attendance

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Notts County
2 - 1
Dagenham and Redbridge
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Trophy preview: Dagenham (H)

10 January 2020

Meadow Lane is the setting for Buildbase FA Trophy action for the first time ever this weekend as Dagenham and Redbridge pay us a visit.

We’ve already hosted them once this season, but the Daggers’ outlook has changed completely since October and they have a different man in the dugout.

It’ll be Daryl McMahon’s first time leading his new charges and he’ll hope to arrest their slide, which has seen them plummet from seventh ahead of our last meeting to 19th in the Vanarama National League now.

They beat Sutton by virtue of a replay and extra time in round one, while we progressed at the Proact Stadium with a 1-0 win against Chesterfield.

Our visitors will look to reverse recent form but we’ll be hoping ours continues having taken 13 points from our last five games.

We’ve returned to the play-off places for the first time since early November and Neal Ardley has scooped the Manager of the Month award, too.

We’ll hope our league form translates into the Trophy as we aim to move within just three wins of a trip to Wembley.

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The boss says…

“We beat Dagenham last time but it was a fairly even game, so we’ll not walk out expecting to win by any stretch.

“They’re a talented side with a lot of pace and the ability to dominate in one-on-one situations.

“That being said, we’re at home and we need to make it about us and take the game to them.”

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McMahon says…

“It’s a new Dagenham. We’ll have a different mindset with me in charge and it’s about getting those building blocks in place and showing what we’re about.

“This week we’ve done a lot of work around shape and the style of play we want to implement.

“It’s a tough game but anybody can beat anybody and we’ve seen that across the season.

“We’ll go there looking to get on the front foot and win, so it’s about us, how we perform and showing some identity.”

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Team news

Ardley has confirmed some some changes will be made as the effects of the Christmas period continue to take their toll, with one or two players needing more time to recover.

Regan Booty, Jim O’Brien and Ben Turner are still yet to return to full training, but Sean Shields has this week and is in contention.

Pierce Bird is cup-tied, though, having turned out for Boston United in the competition during his loan spell.

McMahon says midfielder Sam Deering has had a full week of training and he’s hopeful he’ll be available.

Angelo Balanta and Harry Phipps are thought to be around 10 days from being ready to return to action, though.

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Head to head

Booty bagged his first at Meadow Lane during our 2-0 win against the Daggers earlier this season, with Kristian Dennis also on target.

That was our first victory against them since a League One meeting in August 2010, when Craig Westcarr got the only goal of the game.

The officials

Referee: Andrew Miller

Assistants: Alan Hull and Paul Tomes

Fourth official: Kenwyn Hughes

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In the National League this weekend

The FA Trophy may be taking centre stage but LV Bet, the National League’s official betting partner, think the one match in the division this weekend could prove to be a big one…

Dover Athletic and Hartlepool United have been urged to make the most of their rivals’ break from league action and push up the table – and the latter have already done that in the past few days.

On Tuesday they took advantage of a game in hand and earned a big three points at home to Eastleigh.

Now Hartlepool travel to the Kent coast to face a Dover side with exactly the same number of points on the board.

The Whites are the division’s joint best away side but at home they still can’t quite get it right.

They have already endured seven losses in front of their own fans but did beat title-chasing Bromley 3-0 on their own patch on Boxing Day.

The winners of this one will see no reason why they can’t reach the play-offs, so it’s a big one at Crabble.

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Match Reports

Notts 2-1 Dagenham

Late Doyle screamer sends us through in Trophy

11 January 2020

Michael Doyle's 50-yard strike with the last kick of the game sent us through to the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

After a first half in which we hit the post and bar and had a goal chalked off, Kristian Dennis netted his second in as many games in the competition to put us ahead shortly after the break.

Mitch Brundle scrambled home an equaliser 14 minutes from time but our skipper nonchalantly caught Elliot Justham out from halfway to score his first goal for the club and win it at the death.

Neal Ardley had suggested he'd make changes in the build-up and he was true to his word, with only Wes Thomas, Sam Osborne, Doyle, Alex Lacey and Damien McCrory keeping their places in the XI - the latter moving into the centre of defence.

Dion Kelly-Evans and Zoumana Bakayogo came into the full-back positions to form a four-man backline in front of Ross Fitzsimons, while Tom Crawford and Sean Shields, who had been absent with an injury since 21 December, completed the midfield. 

We were the quicker out of the blocks and Thomas called Justham into action with a relatively easy save, before Shields' cross struck the bar after good link-up play down the left.

Doyle had an excellent opportunity to put us ahead on 15 minutes, when Kelly-Evans' ball in evaded Dennis and broke for the Irishman, who controlled 12 yards from goal. He dragged his shot wide, though, spurning the chance to open his account for the club.

We had the ball in the net on 17 after Osborne won a free-kick following a clever nutmeg on Liam Gordon, who was booked. Doyle rolled the set piece short for Shields, who in turn cut back for Thomas and his effort was diverted home by Dennis. However, referee Andrew Miller ordered the kick to be retaken, presumably he felt it was taken before his whistle. 

Sam Deering's neat feet got him into a position to shoot from the edge of the box on 21 minutes but Fitzsimons got down to his left to make a comfortable save and keep out Dagenham's first effort of the afternoon.

Justham was called into more meaningful action at the other end on 26, when Bakayogo picked out Osborne on the right side of the box and the winger struck powerfully towards the top corner but the keeper was equal to it at his near post and pushed the ball behind.

Just after the half-hour, Dagenham should have taken the lead. Their best move of the game came down our left and culminated with Matt Robinson firing a dangerous low ball across our area, where an umarked Joe Quigley met it at the back post. Meadow Lane breathed a collective sigh of relief as he shot wide when it looked easier to score. 

We pressed to break the deadlock as the opening period drew to a close and struck the frame of the goal on 39 minutes, when Dennis cushioned the ball down into Thomas' path for a left-footed volley, but his effort cannoned back off the upright.

He fastened onto a knock in behind moments later and went down in the area - nothing doing said Miller.

Inside the final five minutes of the half, Deering sent a long-range half-volley narrowly wide of Fitzsimons' left post as the visitors showed it was not all one-way traffic.

But, just before one minute was added on for stoppages, we claimed the last chance of the opening period when Dennis got in behind the Daggers defence and worked the ball onto his right foot, but he could only drag his shot across the face of goal.

Play resumed with no changes for either side, but Osborne nearly made a quick alteration to the scoreboard when he was released on the right-hand side of the area. His low cross-shot had too much on it for Dennis to reach at the back post and was just off-target, too.

Brundle curled an effort wide, which Fitzsimons had covered, before Thomas was denied another penalty shout when he went down under challenge from Kenny Clark. 

But the home faithful were not to be kept waiting much longer for a breakthrough.

Dennis made it on 53, applying the finish to Bakayogo's inviting low cross from the left for his 11th of the campaign. 

Doyle seemed in the mood to open his Notts account and his fierce drive whistled just past the post after Thomas perfectly teed him up as we very nearly added a swift second.

And the openings kept coming before the hour, with Chike Kandi heading Will Wright's cross into the side netting as Dagenham chased an equaliser.

Thomas was next to go close with 64 played, with Kelly-Evans' attacking intent getting him in a great position to cut the ball back for the striker. He curled it towards the bottom left corner, but saw his shot roll agonisingly wide.

Justham held onto an effort from Shields and Doyle made a good block on Brundle before Fitzsimons was called into serious action for the first time, getting a strong left hand to Quigley's shot on the turn.

But, despite the keeper's best efforts, Dagenham restored parity on 76 minutes.

Wright's whipped free-kick picked out Brundle and Fitzsimons made a phenomenal point-blank stop to turn his effort onto the bar, and an even better one to keep out the follow-up. But a scrambled ensued, and eventually the linesman raised his flag to indicate the ball had crossed the line - Brundle wheeled away to take the credit.

Ardley immediately looked to his bench, sending Kyle Wootton, who this week signed permanently from Scunthorpe, and Enzio Boldewijn on in place of Dennis and Shields. 

Justham held onto Thomas' flicked volley and Deering's weaving run led to him firing wide as both teams sought to avoid a replay.

The Dagenham keeper made a huge stop to keep his side level when good work from Bakayogo led to Wootton feeding Osborne. The winger checked inside his man to work room for a left-footed shot in the box, but Justham made himself big and used his body to keep the effort out.

Three minutes were added on for stoppages and deep, deep into them Justham raced out of his goal to beat Thomas to a ball in behind. His clearance went right into the path of Doyle in the centre circle and he floated the ball over back-pedalling defenders and the keeper to send Meadow Lane wild. 

There was barely time for play to restart, and the final whistle was barely heard as the pandemonium continued in the stands, but it did sound and confirmed our place in round three.

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Ticket News

Trophy tickets: Dagenham (H)

On sale up to kick-off

11 January 2020

Tickets for today's Buildbase FA Trophy second-round clash with Dagenham and Redbridge on (kick-off 3pm) are still on sale.

We’ve reduced admission rates for the first ever Trophy game at Meadow Lane, with adult tickets priced just £12.

All home supporters will be situated in the Derek Pavis Stand for this fixture.

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Adult: £12

60+: £9

18-21: £9

Under 18: £5

Under 12:* £1

Under 7*†: Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over  rise by £2 on matchday.

*Must be accompanied by a full paying adult/concession

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction

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Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home/scanned from your phone at the turnstile by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.


At Dagenham's request and in line with competition rules, this tie will be replayed in the event of a draw.

As FA competitions take precedence over league matches, if a replay is required our rescheduled National League trip to AFC Fylde on Tuesday 14 January will need to be moved once again to accomodate our trip to Dagenham.

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Supporters can upgrade their matchday and enjoy a delicious one-course carvery in our luxurious 1862 Suite for just £28.

For more information or to book, email or call 0115 955 7222.

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Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in our sensory rooms by emailing

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to assess suitability.

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