DAG & RED........0 YORK CITY........1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Brook

IN the end 46 games came down to one af­ter­noon, but even­tu­ally – five min­utes af­ter full-time – both Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge and York City sur­vived.

Chris Smith’s sec­ond-half goal had al­ready se­cured York’s safety, but the Dag­gers were left wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion of Bar­net’s de­feat.

Da­gen­ham’s in­terim man­ager Wayne Bur­nett said:“I’ve not slept for the whole of this week. Things go through your mind. The last four or five weeks have been a long four or five weeks.

“But the goal was to stay in the Football League and we’ve man­aged to do that.

“I’ve got mixed feel­ings. I’m de­lighted we’ve stayed up, but over the last three or four games I’ve been re­ally dis­ap­pointed.

“We’ve had so many chances and we haven’t con­verted them. We should have been safe a lot longer.

“We stayed up last sea­son on 50 points with a far more ex­pe­ri­enced side.We lost three of our strik­ers and, I don’t care who you are, that’ll make it very, very dif­fi­cult.

“Hope­fully I’ll be here next sea­son and hope­fully we can do bet­ter.We’re go­ing to sit down and have a chat with the board and take it from there.”

York’s sur­vival owes much to a late resur­gence un­der Nigel Wor­thing­ton in which they won four of their last five games.

Wor­thing­ton said: “It's a great achieve­ment by the play­ers and for the football club and all the sup­port­ers.

“The play­ers have worked hard and they’ve done what we asked them to do and we’ve got some very good re­sults. They’ve come on leaps and bounds since we’ve come in.

“We were un­der the cosh in the first-half. I don’t think we played as well as we have done, but one thing we have gained over the last few games is some re­silience.

“I didn’t have a clue about the other re­sults. One goal is never re­ally enough, but if you don’t get an­other you’ll gladly take the one.”

The most sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion of the first half for both sides came away from Vic­to­ria Road, when Torquay went be­hind against Bris­tol Rovers.

That meant a draw was more likely to be suf­fi­cient for both. But a goal would leave one side in a very pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion.

It nearly came for Da­gen­ham when Brian Woodall clipped the out­side of the post with a free-kick that just failed to bend back enough.

Woodall forced an ex­cel­lent save from Michael Ing­ham early in the sec­ond half, but the Min­ster­men took the po­ten­tially cru­cial lead shortly there­after.

Ing­ham’s long free-kick caused havoc in the penalty area and even­tu­ally Smith bun­dled the ball home.

With Wim­ble­don and Torquay go­ing ahead at a sim­i­lar time, the Dag­gers were on the precipice. But Bar­net slipped be­hind and that, on goal dif

fer­ence, was just enough.

HAPPY CHAPS: Chris Smith cel­e­brates with team­mates


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