Curtley Williams expects National League clubs to up their performance for Dagenham & Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 August 2016

Curtley Williams of Dagenham & Redbridge and Sean Raggett of Lincoln City (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Curtley Williams of Dagenham & Redbridge and Sean Raggett of Lincoln City (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers right-back says club will target scalp of former Football League club

Curtley Williams believes many sides in the National League will raise their game when they face Dagenahm & Redbridge this term, including Saturday’s opponents Woking.

Daggers make the trip to the Kingfield Stadium chasing a third straight league win for the first time since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Williams will also be part of a defence looking for a third clean sheet in succession following Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Lincoln City – a feat last achieved by Daggers only in March.

But the former Luton Town defender expects his new club’s promotion credentials will be severely tested in every game this season as sides across the division seek to claim a major scalp.

“Every game is going to be hard and I feel teams are going to up their games against us because Dagenham were in the Football League last year, so they’re going to be up for it a little bit more,” said Williams.

“It’s going to be tough against Woking all games are going to be tough and we have to learn how to win. Winning becomes a habit and is a skill in itself, learning how to win.

“Come Saturday, we will see what conditions are like and see how they play. We’ve got our game plan, but we might have to adapt during the game to get the win.”

Williams is one of several new arrivals at Victoria Road this summer to have previously played under manager John Still, having signed for the veteran boss at Luton in 2014.

The defender, though, struggled for game time with a myriad of injuries that are now hopefully a thing of the past.

And Williams is now keen to repay the faith Still has shown in him by signing the 26-year-old for a second time, adding: “John knows this league inside out. I felt like I had a point to prove and I wanted to play for John again.

“I didn’t play enough at Luton Town through injuries and other things. I wanted to play for him and Dagenham is closer to home for me.

“Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve felt at home, it’s a very family-orientated club. I’ve got twin daughters who have come and watched me play for the first time with my missus and they’ve all been looked after.

“The gaffer and his family and all the board have been great with my family, so I can concentrate on playing. John was a big part in me joining Dagenham.”

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