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The Daggers faced Lancashire side Chorley for the first time yesterday - a struggling Chorley side at that. However, the visitors had been unlucky, with six draws from their 13 games showing they aren’t out of their depth.  Dagenham, on the other hand, were well on their way to landing a play off spot without a defeat in nine. Taylor’s men went into this one off the back of a sound 2-0 victory as they looked to make it ten unbeaten. That is what they were expected to do; picking up three points in the process.  The home side got the game underway after the sides switched ends and it was a rather slow start to the match. The main talking point of the first ten minutes was Clark’s knock to the head that saw him receive treatment in the physio room. Meanwhile, The Daggers were down to ten for around seven minutes so expectedly Chorley were on top.  They were on top but by no means threatening with half hearted efforts from Nortey and Massanka early on. Captain Kenny soon re

New Opponents: Chorley

Some stats that look at the teams’ form going into this one.  So as you can see The Daggers are obviously in finer form, as Chorley’s attempted rebuild was halted by a defeat to Barrow last time out. The Lancashire side still remain rock bottom of the league but there are only two points separating them from 21st placed Wrexham.  When Chorley get it right they are unstoppable but the trouble is they don’t get it right often with 1 win in their first thirteen matches. Draws have effected them dearly with six so far this season - showing inability to see their games out.  Goalscoring averages less than one a game for the visitors but The Daggers are going good on 18 - Taylor’s side are improving. The same goes for clean sheets at Dagenham as they were hard to come by but now they are almost expected.  Vermiglio’s men don’t have a bad record when it comes to clean sheets - better than Dagenham in fact. Yet for his side the results just aren’t there to show for it with just


Now eight unbeaten The Daggers travelled across London to Gander Green Lane to face Sutton. Gray’s men were going into this one off the back of a 4-0 victory over Chesterfield so it was set to be a close encounter. The artificial surface would have theoretically aided The Daggers’ playing style but the torrential rain made the surface quite slippery.  After switching ends the game got underway and the home side started much the brighter of the two teams with some good chances early on. Tommy Wright had the first of the opportunities to get an early lead rolling an effort just past the post. Minutes later, with all the action coming down the right hand side the Us came close as a good ball in was scrambled clear.  With ten minutes played Dagenham finally found their feet as Grant had two penalty appeals in as many minutes - they looked dangerous going forward. Manny Onariase tried his luck from a corner with his effort winning another set piece that was defended well. Ajiboye


The Daggers made the long trip to Torquay yesterday in the hope of extending their unbeaten run to eight - preferably with victory. Their opponents and hosts The Gulls sat in 10th going into the match off the back of defeat to Chesterfield.  Oddly Plainmoor had their floodlights on from the off as it was an overcast afternoon in Torquay. The Daggers sported their white home shirt on the South West coast as the home side word traditional gold.  The game got underway and Gary Johnson’s men began the brighter as Onariase did well to head a dangerous cross from Wynter behind. Joe Lewis flashed a shot wide for Torquay from the resulting corner. The Gulls started better switching the play from flank to flank but Dagenham were soon at it up the other end. A great ball from Dobson found Quigley on the edge of the area. The forward saw his effort blocked and cleared away.   With a brief lull in play Gary Johnson provided the only entertainment controlling the ball as it came to


Here I have rated all the Dagenham players out of ten for their performance in The Daggers’ win over Hartlepool. It was a great victory that marked how far Taylor’s side have come this season in just eleven games. There is always debate over player ratings so let’s see how this goes!  The shot stopper was solid as always yesterday despite not keeping a clean sheet. Most notably, he denied Hartlepool a goal from 25 yards, Elliot tipped the free kick over as he did against Bromley. Not only was his shot stopping excellent as always, the No.1 read the game excellently - he was first to every loose ball.  Will has certainly improved from last season, there is no doubt about that, defensively and going forward. However it was the latter that let him down slightly yesterday - Wright was a little too ambitious. As oppose to finding Dobson down the line, Will was looking to switch the play before assessing simpler options. Despite that, his defending was decent with good pr