the daggers voice
Games were arriving thick and fast, now onto our midweek encounter with Basildon United. I was immediately excited about this match when the draw was occurring, though it was scarcely audible on the radio projected from the coach enroute to Stevenage.
That said, it was clear to sense the air of relief once we were drawn to play at home to Basildon United. It seemed a foregone conclusion. Especially once, to my delight, the team was confirmed for the game - and it comprised of all established first-teamers. This was due to the youngsters facing a crucial FA Youth Cup first-round tie at Woodbridge Town two days later, with the winners facing the monumental task of a trip to Millwall.
In goal was Cousins, our star shot-stopper of last season, and ahead of him sat a defensive unit of Passley, Nosworthy and Dikamona. Retaining his place was Joss Labadie, amongst a midfield comprising of returning captain Andre Boucaud and Kane Ferdinand who was also absent from Sunday. Frankie Raymond and Jake Mulraney started out wide on either flank aswell. Elsewhere, Doidge and McClure lead the forward line in a very strong team. Only one youth player was named on the teamsheet, as Goldy Capela was amongst the substitutes.
This news was unbeknownst to me pre-match, and as I composed my match preview I was assuming a combination of first-teamers and academy would be fielded. That was what I was used to, and as me and Nan trudged down my road I was still in shock at the announcement.
I was equally astonished when the rest of our journey was completed. Earlier I learnt that this was Basildon's first ever competitive game against a professional team, so considering the strength of our team suddenly a rout was a distinct possibility. No disrespect to Basildon of course, pre-match I had also discovered they were on a sensational sequence of seven straight successes which as a result left them third in the Essex Senior League Table, but a resounding thrashing was much needed.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.