the daggers voice
Daggers found themselves sitting eighth after two wins from three matches. Me and Mum headed to the Chigwell Construction Stadium for the first home game under the floodlights where we could face our sternest test yet, against Danny Cowley's 4th-placed Lincoln City.
Just like the Orient friendly exactly a month previously, I headed to the fixture following football training, so was in a bit of a rush. We were picked up by Dad who drove us immediately to Daggers. Inside the ground, with the time at 7pm, we didn't have time to go into the clubhouse so instead got a programme and went inside the stadium.
After settling at my usual spot and talking to the fellow Daggers around us, I partially read the programme and got a drink. This just about took me to kick-off and, as the teams streamed out onto the pitch, both sets of fans were chanting in the TBS.
Lincoln had brought around 200 fans, which, for a midweek game, was very impressive. After a few minutes, I realised that the match would be very tough compared to the first three fixtures. Lincoln were sitting high in the table and immediately piled on the pressure.
Daggers started to see more of the ball, becoming more confident and creating more chances. Just before half-time, the home end erupted as the Daggers took the lead. It was a long punt forwards from Justham that was headed by Hawkins to Guttridge and the star midfielder applied a delicate finish. The fans were in a buoyant mood now.
Half-time soon came with Daggers 1-0 up. At the interval, I chatted with Mum aswell as fellow Tiger Ben and read more of the match programme. The 15 minutes went past quickly, soon the teams were back on the pitch.
The second half was more like a game from last season with Daggers mostly deep in their own half. Lincoln were gradually dominating and I thought they would equalise. As the last ten minutes arrived, fans were becoming tense and every time the ball went into our half the fans roared ''AWAYYYYY''
The Imps kept coming forward and would go on to miss a sitter among other chances. But, somehow, Daggers held on. When club legend Benson came on he received a raucous applause and ovation, but the forward also did his bit in defence by clearing acrobatically.
But, after more than a few 'heart in mouth' moments - the game was up, and Daggers had won to go up to 2nd. I wore almost a permanent grin all the way home. After the game we also shared some chips, getting home at around 10pm.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.