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Dagenham 0-5 Notts

Langstaff hits hat-trick in sensational team display

3 September 2022

Macaulay Langstaff hit a hat-trick as we hammered Dagenham and Redbridge at the Victoria Ground.

The number nine combined with Cedwyn Scott to give us a three-goal half-time lead before rounding off the scoring after Adam Chicksen had scored his second in as many matches.

Luke Williams decided to make one change to the side that produced an excellent performance to beat Solihull on Monday, with Jim O’Brien replacing Geraldo Bajrami in central midfield.

And we picked up where we left off against the Moors with a sensational first-half performance which began with a nervy moment for our hosts as Aaron Nemane’s low cross was poorly dealt with by Josh Hare, who was relieved to see keeper Elliot Justham gather the loose ball with Langstaff lurking.

Nemane saw a shot diverted behind by a sprawling defender a minute later, with Justham being called upon to twice deny O’Brien shortly afterwards.

But the keeper was beaten on 18 minutes when we got the lead our complete dominance deserved in the shape of a swivelling, close-range Langstaff finish after Adam Chicksen had risen to get his head on a cross from the right.

Ruben Rodrigues saw a shot deflected wide and Aden Baldwin sent a long-range effort well off-target as our excellent performance continued.

A lot of our success was coming from the superb way we were pressing our hosts and, on 34 minutes, Scott forced a Daggers defender into a slip and threaded a through ball for Langstaff who for a second looked set to race clear on goal. A defender did brilliantly to recover, though.

Two minutes later, Nemane rattled the crossbar with a shot which appeared to be brilliantly saved by Justham. The referee instead gave a goal kick.

The hosts responded with their first shot of the day as Matt Robinson sent a low, 25-yard shot straight at Slocombe.

Had that gone in it would have been nothing short of a travesty, however, and we doubled our lead shortly afterwards when Nemane’s deflected shot squirmed towards Scott at the back post who was able to steer it home in front of a jubilant away end.

Cruelly for Dagenham, who must have been desperate for the half-time whistle, three minutes were added on at the end of the first half and we took full advantage by pushing the game further beyond our hosts’ reach.

The goal came as a result of a well-worked free-kick, resulting in Scott’s shot being brilliantly saved only for Langstaff to tap the ball home on the line in typically predatory fashion.

There were no changes for us at the break and the pattern of play remained the same in the early stages of the second half, with an O’Brien cross narrowly evading Langstaff before the Scot crossed for Cameron, who couldn’t head the ball on target.

That proved to be O’Brien’s last action as he made way for Austin on the hour and the sub was straight into the action, supplying Scott in the area only for a defender to make an excellent sliding block.

And Austin was in the thick of the action again moments later, receiving a brilliant pass from Rodrigues and seeing his well-struck effort brilliantly saved by Justham.

Paul McCallum let the hosts’ best chance of the game pass them by a minute later when his weak header was comfortably saved by Slocombe and we responded immediately with a surging Rodrigues run which resulted in his shot being diverted behind.

Bajrami replaced Nemane and Francis came on for Scott as the game entered its final stages – but the action was far from over as, on 74 minutes, Chicksen shifted the ball on to his right foot in the area and produced a superb finish into the far corner.

And, two minutes later, Langstaff had his first Notts hat-trick when yet another free-flowing move saw the marauding Cameron’s low shot turned home by the number nine.

There was still time for Rodrigues to force Justham into pushing his shot over the bar, but five was to be our lot as we left the capital buoyed by a brilliant team display.

STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron, Baldwin, Brindley; Chicksen, Nemane (Bajrami 66'); Palmer, O'Brien (Austin 60'), Rodrigues; Scott (Francis 73'), Langstaff

UNUSED SUBS: Adebayo-Rowling, Mitchell

BOOKINS: Francis 85'

ATTENDANCE: 1,722 (421)

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