ALDER­SHOT........1 DAG & RED ........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Walker

ALDER­SHOT man­ager Andy Scott be­lieves his team will be play­ing in the Blue Square Bet Pre­mier next year, de­spite Michael Rank­ine’s goal leav­ing them with a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of sur­vival.

The 27-year-old striker thumped the ball into the mid­dle of the net from close range af­ter the Da­gen­ham de­fence failed to clear a de­liv­ery from Craig Stan­ley.

De­spite se­cur­ing the three points, Bar­net’s vic­tory against Wy­combe means the Shots are three points and six goals adrift of safety with one game to play.

Scott said: “It’s a hor­ri­ble day and not one you want to re­peat but this club has been through a lot. We need to be­come a force to be reck­oned with next year and bounce back up at the first time of ask­ing.

“The re­sults that have gone against us in the last cou­ple of weeks have put us in a po­si­tion where we need snook­ers to get out of it.

“We did our job, we got the re­sult. Bar­net con­ced­ing a 94th-minute penalty and sav­ing it. It rubs salt in the wounds. It’s a bad day for us, a very, very bad day for the club.

“You’ve got to be­lieve mir­a­cles can hap­pen, there’s not an ‘R’ by our name yet so we’ve got to keep go­ing.”

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