August: Dates for the diary
Here it is the 2019/20 National League season, as The Daggers get up and running against Woking on Saturday I take a look at what this month brings. There are eight games in total, four at home and four away as well as a fans forum tonight (1st August) - which I will be doing a review of. After an experimental pre season and busy summer it all kicks off, as previously stated, against The Cards at 3 O’clock on Saturday at Victoria Road. Woking were promoted from the National League South at the first time of asking and in that time have faced Watford in the FA Cup and lifted the Play-off trophy - they are no pushovers. Despite not being pushovers they aren’t the toughest side in the division therefore nothing but three points is expected at Victoria Road for The Daggers if they are to be pushing for promotion themselves from the get-go.
Following the clash at home, Dagenham will travel to Dover on the Tuesday to face The Whites - whom finished four points above The Daggers last campaign. Like last season I’m sure this will be a close encounter with both sides doing good business this summer (perhaps Dagenham the slightly better) but one man who both supporters know is Jack Munns who was a fans’ favourite at The Daggers - now a White. Then for a third game in seven days Peter Taylor’s side will travel up north to Halifax who are another side that can get a result on their day. However, The Shaymen parted with Matty Kosylo this summer a star player without really getting any star studded signings therefore I feel Dagenham, if playing well, can take all three points.
The following Tuesday just a week after Dover, The Daggers will return home to face Boreham Wood who will prove a stern test. However, they are not among the best in this division therefore I feel Dagenham must be consistent this month with so many games but also throughout the season. As ultimately the teams that are the most consistent finish on top come the end of the season so these games against mid table teams are crucial. The reason this Boreham Wood side are a tough test is due to their organisation and the business done this summer but again I feel we have outclassed them in terms of signings and we’ve got Balanta!
On Saturday 17th The Daggers will play perhaps the hardest game of the month on paper - Harrogate. The Yorkshire side finished 6th last season and are going for promotion again this time round signing a few experienced football league players. However many Daggers will cast their mind back to this fixture last campaign where Dagenham defeated the Sulphurites 2-1 ending a winless run in October. So after a tough test on the Saturday Dagenham will be back on the road with a break in midweek as they face Eastleigh on August 24. They too will prove a good test being play off semi finalists last season ultimately losing to Salford on penalties in Manchester. The Hampshire side have lost star striker McCallum since then who scored 26 goals for them last season bringing in Scott Randell who only netted seven times last campaign. Overall, I think that Dagenham should come out on top against a weaker Eastleigh side than last campaign.
The last two games see them face two big clubs with average teams in Chesterfield and recently relegated Yeovil. I feel these games could go either way with the depth of squads being tested early on as the fixtures come thick and fast. Both sides have signed some decent players yet ones that don’t have too much experience in the league so that could be interesting - I feel Yeovil might be slightly tougher opposition. Dagenham play The Glovers first at home on Tuesday 27th before facing Chesterfield away on the last day of the month.
All in all, I believe that Taylor has good depth and quality to get through a tough August with relative success and I look forward to the Fans’ forum tonight and the month as a whole.
Thanks for reading,
Keane 💙❤️⚔️ COYD