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National League midweek round-up: Aldershot and Daggers march on with 100% records

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By Sam Elliott

Aldershot and Dagenham & Redbridge are the only clubs to boast a 100 per cent record after two National League matches but those cheers won’t have been louder than the ones heard at Brisbane Road last night.

Leyton Orient’s first home league game since Francesco Becchetti’s controversial reign of terror was ended saw their fans enjoy a 3-1 win over Solihull Moors as the queues to collect season tickets snaked around the stadium.

In front of nearly 4,500 fans when they all eventually made it through the turnstiles, Orient went ahead through skipper Charlie Lee just 20 minutes in.

David Mooney converted from Jake Caprice’s cross to double the lead before Afo Ofolayan pulled one back.

It was game over when George Elokobi headed in a James Dayton corner and manager Steve Davis said: “It’s great to get off to a winning start at home. We needed that after Saturday’s defeat to Sutton United.”

Moors, thanks to their opening day postponement, are the only pointless club so far.

Aldershot certainly aren’t, it’s two wins from two after a nervy 3-2 success over Torquay United.

Shaun Okojie – who signed from amateurs Corinthian-Casuals in the close season – snatched the decisive goal.

Dagenham manager John Still was “chuffed” with their 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood, sealed by a stunning free-kick from talented Corey Whitely. He gave stopper Grant Smith absolutely no chance and the Daggers boss beamed: “Three keepers aren’t keeping that out!”

Daryl McMahon heaped praise on his Ebbsfleet United side after they beat Kent foes Maidstone United 2-0.

On Danny Kedwell’s killer second goal, which came at the end of a good team move, the boss said: “It was a great goal. It was a very unselfish pass from Powelly. (Jack Powell) I think most players would have shot in a derby to get it to 2-0. But he’s very composed, as we know, Powelly and it was a good pass.

“Keds has been absolutely unbelievable tonight. In the last minute he’s nicking it off (Reece) Prestedge in midfield, playing it out wide and getting into the box. I just wish he was five years younger!”

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon called for more character from his side after a solid point at Torquay United and he got his wish.

Their simple 3-1 win over Woking was just what the doctor ordered as fans’ favourite Andy Cook started and scored. New boys Olly Norburn and James McEveley also found the net.

Barrow are a work in progress according to manager Paul Cox and their 0-0 draw with FC Halifax illustrated his point.

Chester made up for lost time having seen their opener at Solihull called off. Their drew 1-1 with well-tipped AFC Fylde with Lucas Dawson finding the equaliser for the Blues.

Bromley secured a brilliant 2-1 win at Dover Athletic, while Gateshead are up and running – Neill Byrne with the big moment to snatch a 1-0 win at home to Guiseley.

Hartlepool drew 1-1 away to Macclesfield to get on the board and manager Craig Harrison said: “The lads put in a huge shift.”

Maidenhead’s first home game in the top level of Non-League football ended with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Dean Keates’ Wrexham.

They play Hartlepool on Saturday, while the Red Dragons go to Dover Athletic.

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