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Daggers Wounded With Last-Minute Blow

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  The stage was set for an enticing encounter but both teams would face a common opposition in the weather conditions, the first time this season the supporters on the terraces felt the bitter cold and drizzle in the Sieve. This was to transcend into a bitter defeat on the pitch, as the Daggers couldn’t hold back the Altrincham flood in the second half, despite going into the break a goal to the good. A series of mistakes that began to creep in toward the end of the tie; from lacklustre defending to a perceived lack of that extra desire by some. Anyhow, these errors led to the first home defeat of the season as McMahon’s men leaked three goals in an afternoon from which lessons can be learnt; hopefully though, the result itself quickly forgotten. I went into the match optimistic, as we sat top of the tree, hoping to remain there come Saturday evening; what was there to worry about with the way we’d been playing? Then, in the drizzle as the game got underway, it didn’t take long b

Match Reaction: That's Moor Like It!

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  That’s Moor Like It! I hoped in the preview post that next time you’d read the blog we’d be top of the league and here we are. A thumping 5-1 victory in front of a home Victoria Road crowd was an overwhelming response to their first defeat of the season; it saw the return of the free-scoring, clinical Daggers side we’ve got to know in recent weeks. The goals came from familiar figures, yet another familiar feature for the hosts was falling behind, which we’ve done in nigh on every game this season. The net bulged and the 49 travelling fans cheered, and I recall thinking ‘here we go, now that customary goal has gone in, we can go and pick up all three points.’ The reply was equally characteristic of Dagenham’s 2021/22 season as we did indeed get back into it, going behind for a mere 11 minutes before Paul McCallum fired in from close range. Then, within 250 seconds, things only got better as the Daggers had their tails up – Walker was awarded a penalty and converted it. Once aga

MATCH PREVIEW: Solihull Moors

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  Let’s get back to it! A first defeat of the season brought a halt to the sterling form which saw us unbeaten in 6, winning 5 of those encounters. The loss to Wrexham could have gone a very different way had we been as clinical as in previous weeks, the job now is to ensure that is an isolated defeat – in a sea of green on the form chart! As with the Wealdstone draw, we then bounced back with two victories, although we’re under no allusions we’ll eventually see a dip in form – the aim is to stretch out this run of quality performances and subsequent results for as long as possible. The Daggers have just 3 games in 21 days, including that Wrexham trip, so we’ve had a week to prepare for this one – unlike the in-form Moors who played on Tuesday. They picked up a point, meaning they’ve got 10 out of a possible 12, so they’re in a good place going into today’s match. Although, as McMahon said in his pre-match, all the games are tough in this league – irrespective of form – and the q

A Word On The Week: Maintaining Top Spot

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  They were two games you thought we should win, but simultaneously ones that you thought we’d the potential to lose – if we were to go on the ‘same old Dagenham’ line. Etched in the minds of Dagenham supporters is this mindset of ‘it’s too good to be true’ and ‘all good things will come to an end soon enough’. However, McMahon and his players are looking to reverse and erase that ideology from the minds of supporters and those around the club who’ve been infected by that pessimism of years gone by. At the end of this week there appears no end in sight to this glorious run of form, hence the train GIFs on Twitter, with the Daggers promotion train steaming down the tracks. Some may think that we’re all getting ahead of ourselves, as McMahon sensibly urged people not to, but as I said in my fan column – we’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts! (So, keep the promotion train GIFs going). This belief of something special happening is getting stronger by the game as the Daggers sit top of

𝘽𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝘽𝙪𝙯𝙯: 𝘞𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘛𝘰𝘱 𝘖𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘨𝘶𝘦!

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  WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE! It sure is a great time to be a Dagger right now, the best start to a season since it was the best time to be a Dagger (2009/10) and we all know how that ended! Before looking ahead to what could happen, let’s enjoy this moment we find ourselves in and relive that bank holiday weekend which saw us pick up six points and a clean sheet – to remain at the very top of the non-league pyramid! Where better to begin than the victory that kicked off the weekend and continued the Daggers’ perfect start! The 4-2 victory saw many star performances and the renewal of the new-found partnership up front of Walker-McCallum, which was forced at Edgeley Park a week earlier due to Balanta’s injury. With the quality Balanta possesses, I was concerned that his injury could hinder our chances but Josh Walker proved his worth yet again on Saturday (as he did with his debut goal) and has certainly played his way into that first team – arguably the first name on the team-

Stockport County: Match Reaction

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  Un-be-lievable! What a victory against the title favourites, beating them in their own backyard on the opening day of the season - convincingly! To a man the team was simply incredible, after falling behind early on, Rooney celebrating in front of Daggers supporters clearly only fuelled McMahon's men further.  Will Wright coming up with the goods from a set-piece, followed by a dominant second-half display in which Robinson and Walker netted, oh - it was a proud day to be a dagger! MY TAKE After being starved of away days for over 530 days, away supporters were served the joys of travelling the breadth of the country to back their teams once again – us Daggers were no exception. As you can see above, the fans were overjoyed to be back and it was the away section who were singing loudest as the first whistle sounded – the teams inseparable on the pitch however in the first knockings. That was until the tenth minute where lethargic defending down the Daggers left allowed the bal

𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲

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  The new season: here at last!   Away days have returned; hopefully too will the good times to Victoria Road - expectations high for McMahon’s men.  Up first is a side who themselves are tipped for a great shot at promotion as Stockport host the Daggers at Edgeley Park.  I’ll preview the clash along with Stockport fan Nick from The Scarf Bergara Wore, Stockport County Podcast (@CountyPodcast) - from all angles.  My take  The Daggers go into this one with expectation, but as Daryl McMahon said, still very much as ‘the underdogs’. With an opening day clash there is that desperation and pressure to get off to a good start; the performance setting the tone for the rest of the season. However, there is also that excitement and buzz I’m sure everyone is feeling reading this now - to see the team back in action - fingers crossed they put on a display reminiscent of the back end of last season.  This task has hopefully been made easier by the business done this summer; the focus on retaining