Date: 7th November 2015 at 5:27pm
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Morecambe visited Barking to play Dagenham & Redbridge in an FA Cup tie for the first time ever on Saturday with high hopes of a positive result given their relative positions in League Two this season. But this wasn`t a league match and if there is one team on this planet which has the Indian Sign over the Shrimps in cup competitions, the Daggers are it.

The first time Morecambe ever got into any sort of Play-Off competition – in 2003 when both teams were in the Conference – Dagenham stood in the way. And it was the Londoners who ended-up losing to Doncaster Rovers in the final at the Britannia Stadium as a result. The third time they have been involved in the Play-Offs (five years ago and the only time so far as a league club), the Daggers stood in the way again. The very last game to be played at late lamented Christie Park saw the teams start the second leg of this contest to the strains of `Mission Impossible`: the Lancashire club had already run-up a record defeat in any Play-Off completion in Britain at the Victoria Road Stadium: six goals to nil.

So – on League form, the Daggers (who are bottom of League Two) would lose. On Cup form, though, Morecambe would roll over and die as they invariably have done whenever it has really mattered against the East Enders in the past.

Under cloudy skies with a swirling wind and a heavy pitch, a Morecambe team including League Two Player of the Month for October – Shaun Miller – took on a home team for whom QPR loanee Jake Mulraney featured, having signed an extension to his loan period earlier in the week.

It was a dire game with little to report and the sparse crowd of just 900 probably wished they`d gone to West Ham just round the corner instead: at least there was some entertainment there today…

Wayne Burnett`s team must now make the long journey to the North Lancashire seaside not just once but twice this month: his side were due to try to beat Jim Bentley`s boys and reverse Dagenham`s poor league form at the Globe Arena next Saturday but this game has now been postponed. They will, however, have to return there to battle it out all over again in the FA Cup First Round replay and try to win the £18,000 prize money riding on it the week after next – weather, international call-ups and abduction by aliens in the meantime notwithstanding.

I wonder how many people who endured the dross served-up by both sides today will turn-up to watch either match, whenever they are eventually played?
Ref: Tim Robinson