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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Rank­ine opened the scor­ing from close range af­ter Stan­ley’s 56th-minute cross de­flected off sev­eral bod­ies in the box.

Sec­onds ear­lier Jamie Young stood tall to block a one-on-one ef­fort from Jake Reed, who beat the off­side trap on the half-way line and ran the en­tire Alder­shot half un­chal­lenged.

Kieron Cado­gan al­most dou­bled Alder­shot’s lead but his 76th minute shot from the edge of the area rolled across Chris Lew­ing­ton’s goal be­fore go­ing wide.

Scott al­most gave the vis­i­tors a first-half lead with a pow­er­fully hit shot to­wards the mid­dle of the Alder­shot goal only for Young to in­stinc­tively block the ef­fort.

Da­gen­ham and Red­bridge care­taker man­ager Wayne Bur­nett ad­mits his team must deal with be­ing in a rel­e­ga­tion fight.

He said:“We didn’t ex­pect to be in this scrap but we now know what’s ex­pected and we have to win next week at home to York, who are still in the rel­e­ga­tion fight.

“It’s a fine line, a very small line be­tween win­ning and los­ing. Even if we got a draw it prob­a­bly wasn’t go­ing to be enough, es­pe­cially with Bar­net win­ning.

“Our goal dif­fer­ence is bet­ter than the teams around us but you’ve still got to win foot­ball matches. That’s what it’s all about. It’s slightly in our hands, other teams have tough games, and if we win I think we will be safe.”

MICHAEL RANK­INE

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