Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham
Location: Victoria Road, Dagenham
Competition: Vanarama National League
The Dragons return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday looking to extend our unbeaten league run against promotion rivals Dagenham & Redbridge.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a disappointing exit from the FA Cup last weekend. Dean Keates' side failed to make chances pay as Danny Rowe's first-half effort sent AFC Fylde through to the first round proper. It now marks the third season in a row that the Dragons have exited the competition in the Fourth Qualifying Round. League form, however, remains in great condition and go into this weekend's game on the back of ten games without defeat. Last time out in the National League Wrexham came from behind to beat Eastleigh 2-1 at the Racecourse in a dramatic second half with goals from Shaun Pearson and Chris Holroyd. The last time that the reds tasted defeat was way back on August 19th as we fell to a 2-1 defeat to Maidstone United.
Meanwhile, Dagenham were last in action in midweek after their FA Cup tie with Leyton Orient went to a replay following a goalless draw at Victoria Road. In the replay, it was Orient who were sent through beating John Still's men 1-0. National League wise, Dagenham have just won win in their last four games and sit in 6th, one place below Wrexham in the table. Their last game was a disappointing 1-0 loss to Woking and are without a win in all competitions in October. Their last victory came in dramatic fashion at home to Torquay United, where Fejiri Okenabirhie's 90th-minute penalty awarded all three points to the Daggers.
Wrexham goalkeepers Chris Dunn and Christian Dibble are now back and fit to play and both will be vying for their place between the sticks. Dunn made his first appearance for the reds since our 1-0 midweek win over Gateshead back in mid-August when we exited the FA Cup last week and will be hoping he can continue and get a run of games together in the first-team. Meanwhile fellow shot-stopper Dibble has returned following a spell on the sidelines with a back problem. Luke Coddington arrived on loan but has returned to Northampton Town whilst Callum Preston has also stepped in, but Dibble and Dunn will be the two which Dean Keates will cast his eye over.
Dagenham & Redbridge have a number of quality players in their side having achieved a place in the play-offs last season, and will be gunning for promotion once again this term. Striker Michael Cheek has returned from injury giving John Still a huge boost. The former Braintree Town forward signed for the Daggers in the summer and has netted three goals in his opening six matches before being ruled out with injury since the end of August. Having returned to the side in midweek coming off the bench in the FA Cup, he could return to league action this weekend, a welcome boost for Still.
Wrexham go into this weekend's game having beaten Dagenham & Redbridge and will be looking to change that. Our first meeting came in 2007 at Victoria Road, with the Daggers hammering the Dragons 3-0. The return fixture later in that League Two campaign, we played out a 0-0 draw. It would be eight years until we met again, coming last season down in Dagenham. Much like the years previous, the game ended 3-0 to the hosts this time live in front of the BT Sport cameras, Oliver Hawkins' first-half hatrick all but killed the game. The fourth and latest game between us came last April, Dagenham ran out 1-0 winners in North Wales.
Wrexham manager Dean Keates should have a full-squad to choose from with no injury or suspension concerns.
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