Guiseley upset the form book yesterday as they made the long trip to East London and registered their second league win away from Nethermoor courtesy of Jordan Preston’s brace.
In an eventful match that saw Cory Whitely dismissed early on and Jon Maxted deny the home side by saving Oliver Hawkins penalty, the Daggers did eventually pull one back in time added on only for the Lions to deservedly take the three points.
Preston opened the visitors account after eleven minutes when he curled a shot into the bottom corner and there was further setback for the home side when Whitely struck out at Connor Brown in frustration at not being awarded a penalty and was shown a straight red on twelve minutes.
Hawkins had a couple of chances shortly afterwards and as the clock ticked down towards the break Dagenham were awarded a penalty when Danny Lowe was adjudged to have handled the ball but Maxted proved equal to Jordan Maguire-Drew’s spot kick to preserve the visitors slender lead.
Seven minutes into the second period Preston doubled the Lions advantage by robbing a defender to cut inside and smash the ball into the top corner.
Spurred on by this the visitors looked the stronger side as the Daggers looked to get back into the game and Derek Asamoah went close only to see his effort saved by Elliot Justham
Two minutes into added time Dagenham did finally pull one back as Hawkins tucked away Widdowsons cross to atone for his earlier miss from tie spot but it was too little too late from the title chasers.
Adam Lockwoods reaction to yesterdays win: “The team were outstanding at times,” the manager said. “Dagenham are a top team so this is a welcome victory for the boys, they deserved it.
“But we need to keep it going, we want to stay up and we’ve given ourselves a great chance of doing that. They are enjoying their football and you can see it when they play. I think that’s the key to it, they’re a very good group and they don’t fear anyone. They just want to get out there and show people what they’re all about.”