Preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v AFC Wimbledon

Victoria Road, Saturday, August 13, kick-off 3pm.

Injury-hit Daggers could be without eight first team players for the club’s first ever match with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Richard Rose, Rob Edmans, Damian Scannell, Kevin Maher, Billy Bingham and Peter Gain are all definitely out. Meanwhile, Josh Scott (hip-flexor) and Femi Ilesanmi (ankle) are doubtful.

But Daggers will have keeper Chris Lewington available again after serving a one-match suspension for his sending off at Macclesfield, so boss John Still must decide whether to go with the 22-year-old or Arsenal loanee James Shea between the sticks.

Still said: “We held Chris back a little bit last year because we were an inexperienced side. Three of the back four are 22 and under, when Femi Ilesanmi comes in it’s still the same, so it was only Mark Arber and Tony Roberts really that had the experience.

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“I always knew that Tony was going if I’m honest, and we’ve never had a problem with Chris.

“We wanted to have two goalkeepers, so we’ve brought James Shea in and we feel we have good competition in that area, but we rate Chris highly and always have done.

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“The injury stopped me from making a choice (Shea started Saturday’s game on the bench due to an ankle injury), they’ve both been terrific in training and we’ll have to have a look at who goes in on Saturday.”

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