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Torquay United v Dagenham & Redbridge – Plainmoor – Vanarama National League – Saturday 3pm
PETER TAYLOR is happy with the progress made by his Dagenham & Redbridge side but mindful that their focus must remain on the task in hand as they look to extend their recent unbeaten Vanarama National League sequence to eight matches at newly-promoted Torquay United on Saturday.
The Daggers moved into fifth place in the table following last weekends 3-1 success over Hartlepool United at Victoria Road, and although it is somewhat early in the campaign to start eyeing their potential return to the Football League, the east Londoners are certainly putting forward a decent case to be taken as serious contenders.
Speaking to www.daggers.co.uk after that impressive victory over the Monkey Hangers, Taylor said: “Of course, we’re happy with that – it’s such a competitive league,”
“To go seven matches unbeaten is very, very good – I’m delighted the way the boys are working hard for each other – I’m delighted the way they are bouncing back when we get a test.”
Finding themselves without a midweek fixture, Dagenham has been able to recharge the batteries ahead of the trip west. Nevertheless, Taylor was aware that the mindset needed to remain positive against a Torquay side that has settled back into non-league footballs top division reasonably well.
“It’s nice. We’ve just played eleven games and the season is just over a month old. That’s a lot of games the boys have played. They still need their rest days as well, although we know we’ve got a very difficult game at Torquay next Saturday and we’ve got to prepare correctly,” he added.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Torquay United 1-2 Dagenham & Redbridge