Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Hartlepool United 0

Scott Harrison in first half action for Hartlepool United at Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in first half action for Hartlepool United at Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID

AN own goal and a stunning 35-yard free-kick sealed a 2-0 victory for Dagenham & Redbridge over Hartlepool United to cap a miserable night.

Pools are now seven points from safety after failing to build on the 1-0 win over Wimbledon at the weekend.

Pools dominated the opening stages but fell behind to a Scott Harrison own goal, a stunning free-kick from Billy Bingham in the second half sealed the win.

Ronnie Moore is yet to win a game away from home, with Pools failing to keep a clean sheet on their travels all season.

Nicky Featherstone in for the injured Michael Woods, out for the season with a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula, was the only change for Pools.

They started the match six points from safety, while the hosts were 19th in League Two following back-to-back defeats.

Pools dominated the opening 20 minutes, Jack Compton and Jonathan Franks probing down both flanks as the visitors won six corners in the opening stages.

But they couldn’t take advantage of being on top.

And the Daggers took the lead against the run of play after 22 minutes, Scott Harrison with an own goal.

The goal, which came just moments after Daggers keeper Mark Cousins had been subbed after a heavy blow with the post, was a poor one to concede.

Ashley Hemmings was given too much time and space on the left-wing to cross and HARRISON stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past a helpless Scott Flinders from six yards.

Pools kept their heads despite going behind, with Compton, in particular, continuing to press the Daggers defence.

But for all their play and possession, no chances of note were created.

The Daggers almost doubled their lead moments before the half-time interval, Hemmings heading against the right-hand post from a corner.

Half-Time: Daggers 1 Pools 0

Within three minutes of the re-start, Pools had their first chance on target.

Bird firing in a volley from 25-yard yards but it was dealt with by Liam O’Brien, who had earlier come on for the injured Cousins.

Flinders saved low from Jamie Cureton in the 61st minute, moments before Moore made a double sub.

Smith and Franks were hooked, with Marlon Harewood and on-loan Middlesbrough winger Jordan Jones coming on to kick-start Pools.

Pools were beginning to get back into the game but then Billy BINGHAM stepped up with a wonderful free-kick to put the hosts 2-0 up.

From all of 35-yards, Bingham curled a sublime left-footed strike past Flinders, the keeper with no chance.

Harewood swivelled inside the area before shooting low towards the front post, O’Brien alert to make the save.

Michael Duckworth came closest to scoring for Moore’s side, his powerful effort turned over the bar in the 90th minute.

Pools struggled to create and as a result Wayne Burnett’s side eased their way to a 2-0 victory in the final stages.

Full-Time: Daggers 2 Pools 0

Daggers (4-3-3): Cousins (O’Brien, 22), Doe, Bingham (Carr, 90), Howell, Hemmings, Obileye, Boucard, Widdowson, Batt, Cureton, Fenelon (Jakubiak, 76).

Subs Not Used: Saah, Labadie, Jones.

Goals: Harrison OG (22), Bingham (66)

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders (C), Duckworth, Harrison, Mirfin, Austin, Franks (J. Jones, 62), Featherstone (Walker, 84), Tshibola, Compton, Smith (Harewood, 62), Bird.

Subs Not Used: Maxted, Richards, D Jones, Morgan.

Booked: Tshibola (90)

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Attendance: 1,791 (123 Pools)