Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still pleased Daggers youngsters Elliot Bonds and Liam Gordon made most of first-team chances
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 May 2018
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Teenage duo played regularly for Daggers in closing weeks of National League season
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still says he is pleased teenagers Elliot Bonds and Liam Gordon made the most of their first-team opportunities last season.
Bonds made his debut for Daggers at Torquay United in the National League in February and went on to make a further four appearances before the end of the term.
Gordon, meanwhile, marked his debut for the Essex club in spectacular fashion by netting the second goal for his team in a 5-3 win at Guiseley in April.
With a large turnover of players expected at Daggers in the summer, both could be in line for more opportunities next season.
And Still revealed he is happy with how midfielder Bonds and defender Gordon have fared so far in the first team.
“I’ve been very pleased with Elliot and Liam. All the boys, the younger lads and second year scholars, have shown a bit,” the 68-year-old told the club website.
“You can only look at so many and decide if perhaps they are the ones who could push on.
“Once we felt Elliot could be that, we’ve pushed him on despite being a youth player.
“Liam is a first-year pro who’s had a little bit of loan experience and rightfully had a bit of a run with the first team.”
Both Bonds and Gordon came off the bench for Daggers in their final game of the season last month, a 2-0 defeat at champions Macclesfield Town.
The Essex club looked to be on course for a draw at the Silkmen, but were undone by a late brace from substitute Scott Wilson.
And despite ending a difficult campaign on a losing note, Still was content with his team’s display at Moss Rose.
“It was a little ‘end-of-seasonish’. We played quite well,” he added. “They made a change and their sub came on and scored two goals, but we played quite well.
“I was happy with how we played, but with Macclesfield having already won the league, it was ‘end-of-seasonish’. We performed ok.
“We wanted to get a couple of young boys on. We didn’t know when we wanted to do it, but we wanted to do it.
“For us, the exercise was good. With the greatest respect, it was Macclesfield’s day, but we wanted to go there and put on some sort of performance, which we did and I was happy and comfortable with that.”