the daggers voice
NOT many teams have got one over on Daggers this season, but when Chester smashed us on the second matchday of the season, it hit hard. For we had just started our first campaign back in non-league in just under a decade very well, topping the table until the Blues sent us crashing back down to earth with a hefty blow.
Fast forward six months and, while the result hasn't had any impact on where we find ourselves at the current moment, it was one that could've hampered our season badly had we not a spirited, committed bunch of players, something which we longed for when it mattered last year. And this Saturday, when Chester come to Victoria Road, John Still's side will be looking to gain revenge.
The return of some key players has contributed to a dramatic upturn in form for Dagenham who are now back fighting for promotion after a disastrous spell at the end of 2016 almost saw those hopes swiftly banished. By many, the Daggers were written off, their resolute, free-flowing style replaced with the image of us conceding five v Gateshead, 4 v Barrow, 4 v Solihull and losing twice to lowly Torquay, and being well and truly humiliated by Worthing.
But now, it's all to play for again as the beginning of a big month starts with the visit of Chester. Managed by Jon McCarthy, the Northern outfit's season has been that of midtable obscurity. They sit 10th though, only nine points away from the playoffs and - having already smashed the Daggers and Dover already - will be very hard to break down.
It will be a case of happy homecoming for us, as we haven't had a home game since 2nd January as our game with Bromley a fortnight ago was postponed. The wait has been agonising, but it will be all the more glorious when we play, or IF we play, on Saturday.
Last Saturday was an amazing result for us as we became only the third team to win at Prenton Park since the beginning of the season. It continued our fantastic record against the teams around us, which is why I'm confident if we make the playoffs, but unfortunately our record against mid-table teams doesn't match. And who do we play this weekend? A mid-table team, which makes it all the harder to call.
But, with players like Maguire-Drew, Okenabirhie, Hawkins and Whitely all in our side, I'm never too worried about us losing. As long as we FEED THE HAWK!
COME ON YOU DAGGERS!!!!!!
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.