Morecambe 2-3 Dagenham & Redbridge

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Shocking starts to both halves cost Morecambe as they fell to defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge at the Globe Arena on Sunday.

Luke Howell gave the visitors the lead after just 17 seconds before Andy Fleming levelled on 24 minutes.

But the start to the second half was as bad as the first with two goals in the first seven minutes, from Ayo Obileye and the evergreen Jamie Cureton, extending Wayne Burnett’s side’s unbeaten run to five games despite Jack Redshaw’s stoppage time strike for the Shrimps.

For the second time in three games the Shrimps made a shocking start and conceded a goal almost immediately from the kick off.

Former Shrimps loanee Joe Widdowson crossed from the left with a half clearance falling to Howell whose shot took a deflection and beat Andreas Arestidou as Dagenham registered their fastest ever Football League goal.

Morecambe warmed to their task slowly after a disastrous opening and were level on 24 minutes.

Mark Cousins could only parry Jamie Devitt’s speculative shot with Shaun Beeley keeping the ball alive. His deflected effort from the right side of the area fell into the path of Fleming who bundled the ball home from close range.

The Shrimps were still far from convincing however and Ashley Hemmings should have put the visitors ahead on the half hour but Andreas Arestidou saved well with the Dagenham man in on goal.

The game went from end to end with both defences overly charitable at times.

First on 37 minutes Alan Goodall brought a fine save from Cousins diving at full stretch high to his right after a quick free-kick.

Then at the other end Andre Boucard curled an effort from 20 yards narrowly wide after he was afforded too much space on the edge of the area.

The Shrimps were first to have an opening after the break but Paul Mullin couldn’t make proper contact on a header from Beeley’s right-wing cross.

But it was the visitors who got themselves back in front with another goal right at the start of the half.

Arestidou, Ryan Edwards and Mark Hughes left the ball for each other with Obileye capitalising on the shocking mix-up as the ball dropped in the area to poke an effort over the Shrimps stopper and in on 48 minutes.

Things got a whole lot worse for the Shrimps four minutes later with Cureton converting Hemmings’ left-wing cross from close range for his 12th goal of the season.

The Shrimps had a mountain to climb but immediately went on the front foot with Goodall going close for the second time in the game with his header ruled to have been cleared off the line by Widdowson as the hosts appealed for a goal on 56 minutes.

Jim Bentley’s side continued to be in the ascendancy but could only create half chances in their search for an unlikely point.

Cureton should have made sure of the points nine minutes from time but could only scuff his effort when again found by a Hemmings centre.

The Shrimps kept pushing but were ultimately made to pay for their earlier errors.

Kevin Ellison could only head straight at Cousins before three minutes into stoppage time Redshaw drove along the byline on the left and scored from the tightest of angles with Dagenham already sure of victory.

Morecambe: Arestidou, Edwards (Amond 54), Hughes (capt), Parrish, Beeley, Fleming, Goodall, Wilson, Devitt (Redshaw 40), Mullin (Sampson 78), Ellison. Subs not used: Jones, Kenyon, Williams, McGowan.

Booked: Edwards, Fleming

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Ogogo (capt), Doe, Obileye, Widdowson, Howell, Boucard (Connors 90), Bingham, Jakubiak (Yusuff 82), Cureton, Hemmings. Subs not used: O’Brien, Saah, Chambers, Carr, Jones.

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 1,351 (70 away)