Dagenham & Redbridge: Mason Bloomfield targeting double joy over Easter with Daggers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 March 2018

James Collins of West Ham and Mason Bloomfield of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

James Collins of West Ham and Mason Bloomfield of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex club visit Gateshead on Good Friday and host Maidstone United on Monday, both in the National League

Striker Mason Bloomfield believes Dagenham & Redbridge can still make the National League play-offs ahead of a busy Easter period for the Essex club.

Daggers visit Gateshead on Good Friday, before hosting Maidstone United on Monday afternoon.

Heading into the Easter period, John Still’s men are 10 points adrift of Dover Athletic in the final play-off berth, though Daggers do have two games in hand over the Whites.

The Victoria Road outfit head to Gateshead off the back of a confidence boosting 2-0 win at home to Fylde last Saturday, in which Bloomfield scored.

And the young forward believes Daggers can start stringing positive results together as the busy end of the season fast approaches.

“We just want to carry on building the momentum we have at the moment,” he told the club website.

“We can still get into the play-offs, so if we can carry on winning and carry on playing like we have been, there’s nothing stopping us.”

Gateshead are not the only team Daggers face over the Easter period, with a home game to come against Maidstone on Monday.

The lengthy journey to Tyneside, which comes in just shy of a 600-mile round trip, will not be ideal preparation for the game against Stones.

But Bloomfield is confident Daggers will not feel any after-effects of their long jaunt to the Heed by time they take to the pitch at home to Maidstone.

“We’ll get enough rest over the weekend, which is a benefit of the Gateshead game being on a Friday, so we should be nice and fresh for Monday.” he added.

Over the Easter period, Bloomfield will hope to link up in attack again with Chike Kandi and Fejiri Okenabirhie.

Against Fylde last weekend, the attacking trio caused all kinds of problems for the Coasters, which Bloomfield puts down to their relationship away from football.

“We’re friends off the pitch, so that helps us on it. We naturally gel together and that was the first time we all started together,” said the 21-year-old, who last week was confirmed to be joining Nowich City in the summer.

“The result showed that we were all on it on Saturday, which was pleasing. The pace we have up front, we have Kandi and no one was stopping him – he got in around the back a few times.”

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