the daggers voice
Fejiri Okenabirhie celebrates after putting Dagenham ahead against Wealdstone. Picture by barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk and Ilford Recorder.
After a two-week break, Dagenham return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday as they welcome Macclesfield Town to Victoria Road, the first of three massive, season-defining games.
Following the visit of John Askey's Macclesfield, sitting in fifth position, at the weekend, 6th-placed Aldershot travel to Dagenham this Tuesday. This means the next two games are both at home, while the month is concluded with the trickiest match yet, an away fixture at league leaders Forest Green.
This is the kind of fixture sequence that makes or breaks a team's season.
What will it do to us?
What we know for sure is that we'll have to be at our unstoppable best in all three of these matches to win them. We'll have to grind out three points like we did at Eastleigh, and not play like we did at Torquay.
On a personal note, I can't wait for these matches as they promise to be pulsating contests between teams fighting for promotion. At this point in the season the league is starting to take some sort of realistic shape and, if we want to stay as high as we are in the league at the moment, we need to rise to the occasion and prove we deserve to go up.
As I said to John Still in the surreal interview I did with him on Saturday, these games are massive.
It all starts with 2nd v 5th, Daggers v Macclesfield, South v North - this Saturday at 3pm.
COME ON YOU DAGGERS!
THE DAGGERS kick off their FA Cup campaign this Saturday when they entertain Wealdstone, sitting tenth in the division below, at Victoria Road.
We go into this game overwhelming favourites, but of course will still be wary of the threat Wealdstone will pose. The Stones made the first round of the competition last season - going down 6-3 at home to Colchester - and will want to replicate that feat this term.
By contrast, the FA Cup was a welcome distraction from Daggers' league woes last season. They saw off both Morecambe and Whitehawk after replays - setting up a magical third round tie at Goodison Park against Everton.
That is all the incentive we need to get our FA Cup run off to a good start.
With discounted prices, this weekend promises to be a great contest between two teams eager to be in Monday's 1st round draw. It is the Daggers who enter the match in the best form after seeing off Eastleigh and Southend in their last two games. Wealdstone suffered a 3-0 reverse at the weekend.
Of course, though, that counts for nothing and, as we all know, the FA Cup is famous for being the best competition in the world where anyone can beat anyone. Let's make sure we're not on the wrong end of another upset.
And let's cheer on the Daggers in their first FA Cup qualifying match in ten years!
You want some FA Cup magic? Daggers will give it to ya!
FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying Round Fixtures (Saturday at 3pm unless stated)
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.