Dagenham & Redbridge: Scott Doe impressed by start to National League season from Woking
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 October 2017
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Daggers make the trip to Cards this weekend
Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Scott Doe says Woking have been one of the surprise packages in the National League this season ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Kingfield Stadium.
After finishing 18th under former Daggers boss Garry Hill last season, new manager Anthony Limbrick has breathed new life into the Cards this term, with the Surrey club currently third.
In their two matches with Woking last season, the Essex club went unbeaten, but Doe knows the Cards’ bright start to the new term make them a tougher proposition this time.
“There’s always one or two surprise packages in the league and with the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Leyton Orient not doing so well, it’s allowed couple of others to be up there,” he said.
“Woking are one of those teams doing well at the minute, so it’s going to be another tough game for us after the match at Aldershot Town.”
At Woking on Saturday, Daggers will come up against one of their former players, with defender Josh Staunton now turning out for the Surrey side.
And Doe believes that knowing a member of the opposition so well will be a boost to the Essex outfit.
“It does help coming up against a player you’ve played with. The captain for Aldershot on Tuesday (Callum Reynolds) was someone I’d played with at Boreham Wood, so I knew a bit more about him,” he added.
Doe has only recently returned to the Daggers starting XI having been out for nearly two months with a shoulder injury sustained at Eastleigh in August.
The skipper marked his return to action by playing the whole 90 minutes in a 1-0 win at home to Torquay United last weekend, before also lasting the distance in a 1-1 draw at Aldershot on Tuesday.
And though he admits it has been a gruelling return to action, Doe is pleased to be back after his enforced break.
“I felt a bit tired the morning after the Aldershot game, but it’s good to be back playing after being injured,” said the 28-year-old.
“Being used to playing so often, it was tough for me to watch from the sidelines because I wanted to be out there on the pitch and helping the defence.
“After the two games this week, I felt a bit achy on Wednesday, but I’m happy to feel that way and want to be playing games.”