the daggers voice
Despite the euphoria of Tuesday's win at AFC Wimbledon, the bigger test was yet to come - as we prepared to take on Plymouth Argyle who sat top of the table.
Having been battered and outplayed by the same opposition only ten days earlier, Daggers prepared to take on promotion-chasers Oxford United looking to avoid a similar result.
However, instead of a similar performance, Dagenham managed to produce a determined and valiant performance which - but for a sensational free-kick out of nowhere from Kemar Roofe - would have gained a hard-earned point.
On a personal note, this game concluded a frantic sequence of four games, all at home, in a spell of just ten days. Next on the agenda: Oxford United, sitting comfortably in second-placed and serious promotion candidates.
So we needed to throw absolutely everything at the U's, and would hopefully be rewarded with a place in Saturday's Johnstones Paint Trophy area semi-final draw. The previous night, Millwall had booked their place with an emphatic 5-2 victory at Plymouth alongside Yeovil - progressing on penalties at Gillingham's expense.
Just alike in the last round when we won at Stevenage, I would be with Dad for this clash. I would be compromising the autographs, though, as he arrived home from work late, meaning we would leave around 7pm. But with us hosting them just ten days later in the league, it was irrelevant.
The magic of the FA Cup. Although the clash against Morecambe was far from glamourous for either side, what it did do was present us with a clear opportunity to defeat our fellow League Two companions and as a result progress into round two.
Talking of which, neither the Daggers or the Shrimps even made it into the second stage of the prestigious competition last season, and both were the victim of a cup upset to Conference opposition. Whilst Dagenham & Redbridge faced the ignominy of exiting to Southport over two matches - in which they couldn't score in either - Morecambe were dumped out of the cup by Dover Athletic who marginally prevailed 1-0.
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.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.