Mason Bloomfield confident Dagenham & Redbridge are moving in right direction ahead of new National League season
PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 26 July 2017
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Daggers yet to win at home in pre-season, but forward not overly concerned
Forward Mason Bloomfield says the Dagenham & Redbridge team are getting fitter by the day ahead of the start of the new National League season on August 5.
There are just two weeks to go before Daggers open their league season at home to Barrow, when they will hope to get off to a winning start.
Before then, Daggers have just one more friendly at home when they host League Two outfit Stevenage.
The Essex club are still looking for their first home win of pre-season, having lost to a West Ham United XI on Saturday, though did beat Eastbourne Borough 2-1 on the road on Monday night.Bloomfield, however, is pleased with how things are going so far in pre-season despite the results, and says the squad are moving in the right direction ahead of their National League opener.
“When we first went out to Portugal it was tough because we were training in the heat and doing double sessions every day,” said the 20-year-old.
“You can see now that everyone is a lot sharper in training. Even against West Ham, we may have lost 2-1, but you could see we were all very fit.”
Against West Ham, Bloomfield scored the only goal for the hosts, netting a penalty 11 minutes from time after the striker had initially been fouled in the box.
It was Bloomfield’s first goal for the first team since returning to Daggers in March, rejoining from Isthmian North side Aveley just under two years after he had been released from the Victoria Road club’s academy.
And the young attacker says he was just happy to get on the scoresheet, even if there were doubts over whether it was a foul for the penalty.
“I was happy with the goal, a lot of people didn’t think it was a penalty, but I was just happy to come on and do well for the team,” Bloomfield added with a smile.
Despite coming on for just the final 17 minutes, Bloomfield’s display against West Ham drew praise from boss John Still.
The Daggers manager is said to be highly impressed by Bloomfield so far in pre-season, and the youngster knows the best way to keep earning praise is to keep doing well for the team.
He said: “I am hearing good things from the gaffer and I just wanted to keep that up. I want to give him something to think about this year.”