Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Plenty of former Daggers on show for Eastleigh
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 March 2017
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Dagenham & Redbridge fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season
Just seven games remain in the National League season, with Dagenham & Redbridge chasing back-to-back wins against Eastleigh this weekend. Despite struggling against York City last weekend, Daggers did just enough to win and will now want to down the Spitfires. Eastleigh have, by many people’s reckoning, underachieved this season, with the Silverlake Stadium club expected to be in the play-off picture by now rather than floating around in midtable.
Former Daggers forward Jamie Cureton may have left the Spitfires, but there are still several players who used to feature for the Essex club now turning out for Eastleigh. Mammoth defender Ayo Obileye had two loan spells at Victoria Road, but could line up in the Hampshire side’s defence alongside Gavin Hoyte, who left Daggers in 2014. Ben Strevens, a part of Daggers’ 2006/07 Conference-winning squad, is also back at Eastleigh after leaving them earlier in the season, but is not as prolific as he once was, failing to net in his last 16 league games.
Following the departure of forward Mikael Mandron to Wigan Athletic, Eastleigh have struggled to find a prolific goalscorer. That should mean it shouldn’t be too tough a game for Daggers’ defence, though they will still have to be wary of Obileye’s threat at set-pieces.
As for Daggers’ win last weekend, York may well feel very hard done by after taking nothing from the game. All it took was a fantastic finish from Frankie Raymond, but overall the game was a poor one, with both sides struggling to keep the ball for long periods and struggling to make even it simplest of passes.
Hopefully three points again this weekend. Come on you Daggers!