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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Barnet 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
A howler from goalkeeper Chris Lewington meant Daggers had to settle for a point at Underhill.
Michael Spillane had given the visitors the lead, but top-scorer Izale McLeod levelled for the Bees.
Scott Doe looked like he had earned John Still’s strugglers a crucial three points, but Lewington allowed Ben May’s long range effort to creep past him and hand Barnet a share of the spoils.
One change from the team that beat Macclesfield saw Doe back after illness and in to replace the injured Luke Howell, with Spillane moving into midfield.
The visitors survived an early scare when May headed Mark Byrne’s corner goalwards, but Damien McCrory was well placed to clear off the line.
Daggers though, dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes and sections of the travelling support thought they had got their reward when they cheered Jon Nurse’s fierce low drive, only to discover it had hit the side-netting.
Josh Parker, playing just behind lone striker John Akinde, was at the heart of all the visitors’ good early work and after outmuscling Jordan Mustoe, shot horribly off target.
Daggers inevitably opened the scoring on 25 minutes, when Medy Elito showed fancy footwork to beat Michael Hector and crossed for Spillane to head in his third of the season.
As the visitors continued to dominate the home crowd were restless, but a gilt-edged opportunity to double the lead went begging.
Parker’s left-wing cross picked out Mathieu Baudry who headed against the crossbar and when the ball bounced out to Akinde, he too was denied by the woodwork.
Against the run of play Barnet levelled on 30 minutes. Baudry slipped as he looked to clear and McLeod took advantage to nip in and dink his shot over the onrushing Chris Lewington.
Just before half time Daggers had strong claims for a penalty turned down.
Elito, who had terrorised Hector throughout the first half, beat the full-back and appeared to be pulled back as he cut into the box, but referee David Miller waved away vociferous protests.
The home side made a more settled start to the second half and Ricky Holmes should have made more of an opening on the right flank, but blasted over.
Byrne also found space soon afterwards, but shot straight at Lewington from the edge of the box.
As the two sides began to cancel each other out and the game seemed likely to end as a draw, Daggers took the lead.
Elito’s corner found Doe at the near post and the defender headed up and over keeper Dean Brill and ran the length of the pitch to celebrate.
Just like the first half though, Daggers lead did not last long, with May levelling on 79 minutes.
A 35-yard effort appeared to be bouncing harmlessly through to the keeper, but a misjudgement by Lewington saw the speculative effort creep past him.
Daggers had a chance to win it late on, but Elito shot inches wide of the near post with a low drive.
Barnet: Brill, Hector, Dennehy, Downing, Mustoe, Byrne, Kamdjo (Deering 78), Hughes, Holmes, May, McLeod. Subs not used: O’Brien, McGleish, Yiadom, Saville.
Daggers: Lewington, Doe, Baudry, Arber, McCrory, Nurse, Spillane, Ogogo, Elito, Parker (Scott 63), Akinde (Woodall 90). Subs not used: Bond, Bingham, Wassmer.
Attendance: 1,725 (351 away).