Dagenham 0 York City 3

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Last updated : 04 September 2004

York City secured their first away win of the season, beating Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 at Victoria Road.

And the visitors, who had failed to score a goal or register a point on the road all season, showed real character. The Daggers displayed little or no imagination in front of goal and would do well to forget this woeful performance.

Their best moment came in the fifth minute when Chris Moore raced clean through, only to drag his shot wide and deny the home side a perfect start.

York went ahead in the 22nd minute when Paul Groves capitalised on the Daggers' failure to clear in their own area - an easy tap-in from six yards presenting no problem to the former Grimsby player-manager.

The Minstermen showed great resolve and held their slender lead for just over an hour, before two late Darren Dunning strikes guaranteed the three points.

Indeed, York's second goal seemed to sum up the Daggers' performance. With four minutes to go Dagenham defenders Lee Goodwin and Shane Blackett failed to clear the ball in their own box and Dunning was on hand to slam the ball home from 15 yards to capitalise on the pair's mistake.

Three minutes later Dunning was played through by substitute Levent Yalcin and slotted the ball past a despairing Tony Roberts - to rub salt in the Daggers' wounds.

Although 3-0 somewhat flattered the visitors, Chris Brass' side fully deserved their first away win since December 2003.

Dagenham will need to go back to the drawing board after two defeats in the space of a week. Even when resorting to a four-pronged attack, they looked unconvincing and deserved no more on the evidence of this performance.

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