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Posted Tue 30 Jun 15 at 08:25 AM

Hartlepool United 3 Daggers 1

Daggers lost out in a crucial League Two relegation battle at Hartelpool United, going down 3-1.

After a poor start, momentum looked to be with the visitors by the start of the second half before Pools grabbed an all-important third.

The east Londoners made no changes after Tuesday’s draw against Carlisle United, with Andre Boucaud captaining as Joss Labadie served the second of a two-game ban.

It also meant that defender Jimmy Shepherd kept his place on the bench, while fellow academy product Kai Heather also made the trip to the north east, but was not named.

Daggers conceded an early penalty at Victoria Park when Joe Widdowson fouled Luke James in the fourth minute, with Billy Paynter scoring the spot kick.

The visitors were two behind 11 minutes later when Widdowson handled the ball on the left, with Jake Carroll heading home Nathan Thomas’ resulting free kick.

Daggers keeper Liam O’Brien was called into action in the 24th minute, denying Thomas with a curling effort from 25 yards.

Pools had further efforts from Rob Jones and Thomas that went close, before the visitors pulled one back in the 33rd minute.

Matty Cash, on loan from Nottingham Forest, scored a superb goal from 30 yards that flew into the net to give the visitors hope of a comeback.

Seven minutes later and the visitors went close to an equaliser when Josh Passley saw a close range shot cleared off the line by Carroll.

Passley, playing at right midfield, went close again two minutes into the second half with a half volley from inside the box deflected just wide.

Despite a fast start from the visitors after half time, Jake Gray extended Pools’ lead in the 53rd minute, finishing from 18 yards after a solo run from his own half.

The visitors perhaps should have cut the gap again six minutes later, with both Passley and replacement Oliver Hawkins going close inside 60 seconds of each other.

Further efforts followed from Hawkins and fellow substitute Jamie Cureton, but Daggers could not find a way to the net.

Daggers remain 24th in the table with 25 points and 10 games left to go.

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