Dagenham 5 Barnet 1

Last updated : 28 January 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Dagenham & Redbridge carried on from where they left off following their agonising FA Cup defeat to Norwich as they swept aside Barnet to move further up the Nationwide Conference table.

It was an important win for the Daggers who are chasing a play-off spot and Junior McDougald gave them the ideal start. Paul Terry headed the ball back into the box, Steve West made a nuisance of himself and McDougald fired a bouncing ball into the corner of the net.

Barnet in contrast to the slick Daggers never mustered a shot in the first half.

In the 38th minute Daggers deservedly took a two-goal lead. Terry touched a free kick to Danny Shipp whose low shot was pushed onto the post and just over the line by goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt.

Five minutes later and the game was all over. John McGrath's free kick from the left caused Ismail Yakubu and Naisbitt to almost collide and the ball bounced up for West to score a simple tap in.

The second half saw Barnet have more shots in the opening five minutes than they did in the rest of the game. The best of these was Conference top scorer Junior Agogo's effort which hit the side netting but he should have done better.

Daggers weathered this brief storm and West flicked the ball on for Mark Stein who rounded the keeper to score the fourth after 56 minutes.

Danny Brown's throughball saw Agogo round home keeper Paul Gothard to pull a goal back and Agogo should have had a penalty when he was brought down by Tim Cole.

However, it was all Daggers late in the game and Shipp's hassling eventually saw the Barnet defence dispossessed. McGrath's low cross allowed Stein to score his second goal of the night and round off the scoring.