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Posted Wed 21 Mar 12 at 10:33 AM

Daggers 2-2 Barnet

With 12 minutes to go at Underhill the Daggers were looking like moving out of the relegation zone with a well-earned 2-1 win, however Ben May then had a speculative shot from 35 yards which somehow caught out Chris Lewington in the Daggers goal and earnt the Bees a draw.

John Still's side went into the game knowing that a 3-0 win would lift them above Barnet and a win of any kind would almost certainly lift them out of the drop zone. Scott Doe came in for the stricken Luke Howell in the only change from Saturday's win as Mickey Spillane moved into the centre of midfield; Josh Scott was on the bench following his return from suspension.

Six relatively incident free minutes were followed by the 1st chance of the game, a near post corner was headed goalwards by Ben May but Damien McCrory was there to head it off of the line.

After this the Daggers stepped it up and were on top, Josh Parker got away on the right and his low cross to the near post was just about claimed by Dean Brill in the Barnet goal. Mickey Spillane then went on a marauding run up the middle but his shot from the edge of the box was charged down.

Some of the 351 Daggers fans in attendance then thought that Jon Nurse had given their side the lead but his low drive from 20 yards hit the side netting, May then had a rare effort for the Bees but Lewington got down well to save and hold his swerving effort.

Mickey Spillane then gave the Daggers the lead after 25 minutes, McCrory sliced a free-kick but Medy Elito retrieved the ball by the corner flag. He was covered by two but showed great skill to wriggle free and stand up a cross which the advancing Spillane headed past Brill at the near post.

Seconds later it could and maybe should have been 2-0, Parker was the creator this time; on the left he beat his man and crossed for Baudry to head goalwards, the Frenchman was so unlucky as his looped header hit the bar and then the post. It bounced back up 6 yards out where John Akinde showed great strength to win the header but it yet again struck the bar.

A minute later it was 1-1, a free-kick from halfway was flicked on and Izale McLeod continued his good season by lofting the ball over Lewington. The Daggers defence appealed for offside with McCrory leading the appeals, onside or offside it was a poor goal to concede and all the good work had been undone.

The remaining 15 minutes of the 1st half was even but the Daggers had two good penalty shouts, John Still revealed to Daggers Player after the game that he thought Jon Nurse was fouled but nothing was given after Medy Elito & then Nurse went down under challenges.

Still's side were attacking down the hill in the 2nd half but Lawrie Sanchez had his side up for it and Barnet started the half on top, it was a scrappy spell though with neither side able to seriously test the goalkeeper.

With half an hour to go Josh Scott came on for Josh Parker, Parker had impressed but he's carrying a slight knee problem. Within ten minutes of coming on Scott won a corner which was taken by Elito and headed in at the near post by Scott Doe. It was Doe's fourth goal of the season and the Daggers had 18 minutes to hold on.

Barnet brought the diminutive Sam Deering on as they looked for more creativity but Mark Arber and his defence were holding strong and looking good before May turned and shot from 35 yards. Scott Doe said after the game that he should have been marked tighter but the shot wasn't too powerful and Lewington will be disappointed to concede from it, his positioning looked suspect and once again Barnet had equalised out of nothing.

With ten minutes to go both sides were looking for a winner but some wasteful attacking from both sides saw the game end 1-1.

It was a game of two halves with Barnet stepping it up after the break but Still's side will be very disappointed to concede two goals that on reflection could have been easily prevented.

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