Daggers stay in Football League despite home defeat to York

PUBLISHED: 17:04 27 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:26 27 April 2013

Scott Doe of Dagenham & Redbridge  and Matty Blair of York City during the clash at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

Scott Doe of Dagenham & Redbridge and Matty Blair of York City during the clash at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

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League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 York City 1

Dagenham & Redbridge’s place in the Football League is secure for another season, but only through other results as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to York City at Victoria Road.

Despite AFC Wimbledon’s win over Fleetwood Town, Barnet’s loss at Northampton spared the Daggers blushes.

Interim boss Wayne Burnett made three changes to the side which lost 1-0 at Aldershot with Jordan Seabright, Brian Woodall and Medy Elito in for Chris Lewington, Jake Reed and Matt Saunders.

But it was a cagey opening few minutes with neither side testing the goalkeepers.

The first real chance came the way of Woodall as he tried to apply the finish to a Billy Bingham cross but fired his effort wide of the goal.

And a counter attack saw Elito flick a long ball onto Scott and only a last ditch tackle from Lanre Oyebanjo prevented the striker getting a shot on goal.

Daggers were cruelly denied the opener by the crossbar five minutes before half time when Woodall’s free-kick thundered against the far post.

They continued in the ascendancy in the second half and that man Woodall, who has spent the whole season on the periphery of the squad, forced a solid save from Ingham from 25 yards out.

But he should have fired the hosts in front when the resulting corner from Billy Bingham found its way through the box to an unmarked Woodall but he scooped his effort over the bar from a yard out.

Things took a turn for the worse though as the Minstermen took the lead with their first real chance of the match after 67 minutes when skipper Chris Smith fired through a crowded box past Seabright.

Woodall continued to be the main outlet for Burnett’s side and he saw another effort blocked before Bingham’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.

With the way things stood Daggers had to rely on other results going their way to stay in the Football League and the long ball tactic up to Scott and Woodall simply wasn’t proving effective.

Ingham was at his best to deny the Daggers late on as Howell’s 25-yard effort was kept out by the visiting goalkeeper and reacted quick enough to keep Woodall’s rebound out.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Ogogo, Elito (Reed 75), Maher, Howell, Bingham, Scott, Woodall.

Unused substitutes: Lewington, Strevens, Saunders, Hoyte, Fortune, Sharif.

Attendance: 3,781 (1,159 York fans)

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