Barrow 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1: Corey Whitely goal not enough as Daggers are beaten by Bluebirds
PUBLISHED: 17:42 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:42 18 March 2017
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National League: Barrow 2 (Hughes 39p, Diarra 57) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Whitely 11)
Dagenham & Redbridge will no be looking over their shoulders in the race for the National League play-off places after a 2-1 loss at Barrow.
Daggers took the lead in bizarre circumstances at Holker Street with a Corey Whitely corner going all the way in, but were pegged back before the break.
The Essex club conceded a second midway through the second half, and though new signing Elliott Romain had an effort cleared off the line, Daggers could not level.
With Dover Athletic winning, it means Daggers are now just four points clear of the Kent club, who are sixth, with nine games to go.
Having beaten Forest Green Rovers at home the previous weekend, Daggers elected to make no changes for the trip to Cumbria.
It meant Shaun Donnellan had recovered from the back spasm that forced him off at half time last week, while Romain was named on the bench after signing on Tuesday.
The former Eastbourne Borough man is said to be similar in style to Whitely, and may struggle to take his place in the squad after the ex-Enfield Town forward opened the scoring.
In just the 11th minute, Whitely whipped a corner in from the left so wicked that it took Bluebirds keeper Jon Flatt by surprise and went all the way in.
However, with six minutes left in the half, Barrow were level when Liam Hughes scored a penalty after Craig Robson committed a foul in the box.
And just 12 minutes into the second half, Daggers were behind when Moussa Diarra headed home a free-kick.
In need of a goal, John Still brought on Romain for his debut, with the 25-year-old having netted 20 times for Eastbourne this season.
However, Romain was unable to score what would have been a vital goal for Daggers, seeing an effort agonisingly cleared off the line.
That was the closest Daggers came to an equaliser, and they will have to dust themselves before the trip to Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.
Barrow (4-4-2): Flatt; Beeley, Diarra, Livesey, Wilmer-Anderton; Meikle, Turnbull, Harvey, Hughes (J Thomas 90+4); Bennett (Effiong 87), Tuton (Wright 90+3)
Subs: Platt, Panayiatou
Daggers (4-2-3-1): Justham; Sheppard, Doe, Donnellan, Widdowson; Boucaud, Robson; Maguire-Drew (Romain 61), Whitely, Okenabirhie (Staunton 79); Hawkins
Subs: Cousins, Raymond, Benson
Referee: Thomas Brammall
Attendance: 1,102 (including 59 Daggers fans)
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