Dagenham & Redbridge blog: The start of the National League season is almost here!
PUBLISHED: 11:58 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 04 August 2016
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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016-17 season
How time flies, we’re now into August and Dagenham & Redbridge have concluded their pre-season preparations.
Saturday’s game against Wimbledon was a very good test, one in which the hosts played very attractive football at times, with the height of Oliver Hawkins and the speed of both Fejiri Okenabirhie and Chris Assombalonga combining to good effect. The one thing lacking was the end product, something that Wimbledon excelled in, having fewer shots, yet they took their chance and came away winners, an issue that can hopefully be ironed out in the opening few games.
The opening day of the National League is this weekend and everyone associated with the club is hoping that three points will be secured against Southport. The Port finished a lowly 16th last season and many would have them in and around that position this time around. However, the home fans will know that just a couple of seasons ago, Daggers were knocked out of the FA Cup by Southport in a replay after a poor encounter at Victoria Road.
Following this weekend’s game, it’s Daggers’ turn to travel with their first away game of the season at Chester. The Blues finished 17th in the National League last season, but were mainly reliant upon the goals from their talismanic forward Ross Hannah who has since moved to Barrow to replace the void left by Andy Cook. This season they could be in serious trouble without Hannah’s strikes and it’ll be interesting to see if they pose any threat to an ambitious Daggers side.
Hopefully two wins on the way, come on you Daggers!