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Paul Benson backing John Still’s Dagenham & Redbridge to go all the way this term in the National League

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 September 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (right) receives the August manager of the month award from managing director Steve Thompson (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (right) receives the August manager of the month award from managing director Steve Thompson (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Experienced forward confident if Victoria Road club keep it tight at the back, then they’ll enjoy success this season

Paul Benson of Dagenham applauds the home fans at Victoria Road (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).Paul Benson of Dagenham applauds the home fans at Victoria Road (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Dagenham & Redbridge legend Paul Benson expects his former club to be battling for honours in the National League at the end of the season due to the firepower they have in attack.

The 37-year-old left Victoria Road during the summer after not being offered a new deal by boss John Still.

Although Benson was hugely disappointed to leave Daggers, the experienced forward has been impressed with their start to the new campaign and hopes it continues, although not at the expense of his current side Boreham Wood missing out.

“It looks like they have loads of goals in them. Michael Cheek started really well and Morgan (Ferrier) is scoring,” said the ex-Daggers striker.

“Corey (Whitely) is getting a lot of goals too and young Joe White started recently and found the net, so they have plenty of goals in them.

“The way John plays Daggers will always score as he likes to play attacking football and they did last season when I was there.

“Hopefully they can go one better than they did last time and win the league, but we at Boreham Wood will be batting as well, so I don’t want them to win too much!

“Maybe us in first place and them getting promotion as well would be ideal, but Daggers do have a very good chance because they have great players, a great manager and it is a great club.”

Benson was delighted to see Whitely remain at Victoria Road despite speculation he may exit before the end of the summer transfer window on August 31.

After a strong start to the season, several Football League clubs were understood to be watching Daggers playmaker, but he is still part of the squad.

And Benson believes it will see Still’s team go from strength to strength, which will be crucial if they are to remain near the top.

Dagenham entertain another side who have started the season well on Saturday when Halifax Town, who are currently second, visit Victoria Road.

Benson added: “If Daggers can keep it tight at the back then they have a great chance of going up as champions.

“They are exciting to watch and have some good players like Corey, as well as many others, but he is a great asset and I am glad they kept hold of him.

“Obviously they lost Oliver Hawkins to Portsmouth recently, but they kept the nucleus of the squad, so hopefully they can go from strength to strength.”

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