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Match Reaction: That's Moor Like It!

  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

  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

  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!

  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-