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Dagenham & Redbridge: Mark Cousins does not want another early FA Trophy exit at Hereford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 December 2017

Morgan Ferrier celebrates scoring the Dagenham & Redbridge winner at Barrow (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Morgan Ferrier celebrates scoring the Dagenham & Redbridge winner at Barrow (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers suffered shock first-round loss against Worthing last season and will want to avoid a similar result at Bulls

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge begin their FA Trophy campaign at Hereford on Sunday, looking to avoid a repeat of last season’s disastrous first-round exit.

Leading 1-0 at home to Bostik Premier side Worthing at half time last December, Daggers went on to lose 2-1 and suffer a shock exit at the first hurdle.

The Essex club are again in action against a side from the seventh tier of English football, with Hereford plying their trade Evo-Stik South Premier.

And having missed out on a good run on their return to the Trophy last season, keeper Mark Cousins is desperate for Daggers to do well this time around.

“Everyone wants to do well in the cup competitions and the FA Trophy is a chance to do that.

“It gives teams a chance of playing at Wembley, which is great for the players and the fans too.

“Cup runs get everyone involved with a club excited, so we know Hereford will be up for the game too.”

A lot has been said about momentum for Daggers in recent weeks, and a cup run would certainly help with that.

Last season, Lincoln City reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, as well as the FA Cup quarter-finals, on their way to winning the National League.

The Imps showed it is possible to have a good run in the Trophy while challenging for the title, and Cousins is keen for Daggers to replicate that this term.

“When you’re doing well, you want to be playing week in, week out and the FA Trophy helps with that.

“Lincoln did well in all cup competitions last season and that is something we want to do as well.

“It’s a shame we went out of the FA Cup so early, but we want to do well in the Trophy.”

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