Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still thrilled to start National League with big win at home to Southport

PUBLISHED: 17:52 06 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:52 06 August 2016

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Daggers boss happy with opening day display

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was delighted the club began their National League campaign with a 3-0 success at home to Southport.

Fejiri Okenabirhie scored the opener against Port before teeing up Luke Guttridge to give Daggers a 2-0 lead at the break.

Jordan Maguire-Drew nodded home a third in the second half, but in truth it could have been a lot more for the Essex club.

At the full-time whistle, a noticeable cheer went around the ground in celebration at the win, something absent last season,

And Still was happy his team were able to get off to a flyer as they bid to return to the Football League at the first attempt.

“It was a good atmosphere. The boys played well, it was a convincing win and we could have had more,” said the ex-Luton Town manager.

“For an opener, I have to be pleased with that because I thought the team looked balance.

“We worked hard, we tried to pass and we got into some goo areas to find crosses.

“It was a hot day for both teams and you do tire, all you can hope is to win, but you’d like to win well and play well, and we did that.”

The win was not the only good news for Daggers fans on the day as the club announced the signings of Corey Whitely and Paul Benson at half time.

Both players are strikers, with Whitely joining from Enfield Town and Benson back for a second stint at Victoria Road.

And Still was pleased to add to his team’s attacking options, even after putting three past the Merseyside outfit.

“Corey’s a very talented young man, we’ve tried to get him for a while, but we’ve had to wait,” added the former Barnet boss.

“He’s bright, he’s good with the ball, he can score a goal and he’s another of these young, hungry ambitious men who want to do the best they can for themselves.

“We’re a club that likes to give those players that opportunity.

“Paul is someone who we all know. He’ll be a massive influence on all the inexperienced forwards, like Corey, Chris and Fejiri.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

50 minutes ago

Boro were without a competitive game last Saturday, instead taking on landlords East Thurrock United in a friendly


East Women’s One South: Upminster 7 Chelmsford seconds 0


Liam Gordon knows a victory at home to Fylde on Saturday would be the perfect way for Dagenham & Redbridge to return to action in the Vanarama National League.


London All-Stars and London Titans are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues returns for the 2018/19 season.

Yesterday, 19:00

Latest news from the supporters’ association

Yesterday, 18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

Yesterday, 17:00

Essex club have performed well in previous games this term against teams near the top

Yesterday, 16:00

Everyone Active Raiders forward JJ Pitchley was relieved to come up with a last-minute winner against National League strugglers Invicta last weekend.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Breaking News

25 minutes ago

A Romford handyman has admitted bludgeoning an 85-year-old widow to death with a hammer.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now