In a dramatic match, Aldershot came out on top against the Daggers 1-0, who will wonder how they didn’t find the net.
The Daggers will have to wait until their game at home to York City next Saturday to determine their league status.
Michael Rankine grabbed the only goal of the game for Aldershot Town, who will wonder how they didn’t concede. The Daggers had a host of clear chances but failed to make them count, and will now have to endure a nervy last game of the season.
A win would have seen the Daggers secure their league status, which would have subsequently relegated the hosts, in what was a must win game for them.
Manager, Wayne Burnett, made three changes to the side which lost to Oxford United last week. Chris Lewington, Billy Bingham and Josh Scott replaced Jordan Seabright, Toni Silva and Medi Elito respectively, while Brian Woodall was recalled from his loan spell at Bishops Stortford the start on the bench.
The game started with a good pace, and both sides had early efforts. Kevin Maher was the first to have a shot on goal, but his attempt flew over. Aldershot then produced a threatening period which forced Luke Wilkinson and Scott Doe into their defensive duties, before Asa Hall tested Chris Lewington.
There were few goal threats in the Aldershot team, but Michael Rankine was one of them. The man-mountain came inches away from giving his side the lead after he headed wide from Danny Rose’s cross.
Josh Scott looked to be the main threat for the Daggers, and he came mightily close to opening the scoring on the stroke of half time. After seeing his initial shot saved and Jake Reed miss the rebound, the ball then found its way back to Scott who struck the crossbar from 8-yards out; sending the teams in level at the break.
Following the restart, it was again the Daggers who should have taken the lead. Jake Reed was put clean through, with the whole of the half ahead of him, but he never seemed in control and ‘keeper Jamie Young eventually saved down low, when the young striker should really have done better.
The Daggers were made to rue their missed chances as they fell behind in the 56thminute to a Michael Rankine goal. After initially causing some havoc in the box, he again received the ball just a few yards out and slammed home, despite the efforts of Abu Ogogo on the line.
After quickly making three substitutions, Wayne Burnett, then had his head in his hands as Medy Elito, one of those changes, spurned a golden chance. 10-yards out, with no pressure from any defenders, Elito curled the ball wide of the far post.
The Daggers were starting to dominate, and only the outstretched arm of ‘keeper Jamie Young denied them the equaliser. After Ogogo whipped in a deep cross, centre-back Wilkinson powered a header goalwards, but the stopper was equal to his effort with a diving save.
The fans and manager alike wondered what their team had to do to score. The next wave of Daggers attack saw substitute Mo Shariff drill the ball across the 6-yard box, but somehow, Josh Scott couldn’t stretch enough to turn it in.
It was a bad day at the office for the Daggers, who on top of the defeat saw other results not go their way. It will go down to the wire in the decisive match against York City next week.
Attendance: 2,861 (201 Away)
Aldershot Town: Young (GK); Herd (c), Tonkin, Brown, Rankine, Vicenti, Stanley, Reid (McCallum, 73), Bradley, Hall, Rose
Subs not used: Worner, Lancashire, Risser, Berqvist, Goulding, Cadogan
Goalscorers: Rankine, 56
Daggers: Lewington (GK); Ogogo (c), Wilkinson, Doe, Ilesanmi; Saunders, Howell, Maher (Shariff, 60), Bingham (Elito, 60); Scott, Reed (Woodall,64)
Subs not used: Seabright, Hoyte, Fortune, Dennis