3:00pm - SaturdaySat 20th AugustAug 2016
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Dag & Red
Dagenham & Redbridge

Cards take on the Daggers

Brian Caffarey
10:08am, Thu 18th Aug 2016
Woking v Dagenham and Redbridge
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 20 August 2016

Garry Hill’s side face another tough test on Saturday when they take on his former club, Dagenham and Redbridge. The Daggers are looking for an immediate return to League 2, whilst the Cards are just focused on trying to get a first win under their belt. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium and show your support for Garry, Steve and the players in what is bound to be a challenging season.


It was no great surprise on Tuesday to see Forest Green Rovers dominate possession. With a budget several times larger than that at Garry Hill’s disposal, Mark Cooper has been able to put together a very talented side, who, on their day would probably be a match for most League 2 sides. Although some Woking fans were clearly, and understandably, frustrated that Woking failed to get even a point out of the game, Garry had good reason to be encouraged by some aspects of the performance. The players certainly stuck at their task well, refusing to let their heads go down after conceding in the 19th minute, and continued to chase and harry for the full 90 minutes plus. The defence was generally very solid in spite of Rovers’ pressure. There was more bite in midfield than in some recent games, although the side still perhaps lacks a ball-winning player in the Mark Ricketts mould. Jake Caprice in particular gave the Cards some attacking edge and Zac Ansah and Dennon Lewis carried a threat from time to time. Garry will hope that Delano Sam-Yorke will soon be fit to play since his muscular ability to hold the ball up has been missed.

Garry has made a plea to Woking fans to be patient in what he has made clear is going to be a testing season for the Club.

The Cards now sit in 22nd position in the table with one point from their four games.


The Daggers were relegated from League 2 last season, having been originally promoted from the Conference at the end of the 2006-07 season. During their spell in the League they had a season in League 1. Legendary non-League manager John Still, who succeeded Garry Hill in 2004, led them till 2013, before heading off to Luton Town, guiding them to promotion in his second season there. He returned to Dagenham and Redbridge in January after Wayne Burnett was sacked but was unable to prevent relegation.

In spite of their parachute payments the Daggers feel the need for more investment to be able to compete for a top five place in the National League and are weighing up various offers at present.

Still has used his Luton connections to bring in various recruits, including keeper Elliot Justham, ex-Card loanee Matt Robinson, Curtley Williams and the returning defensive duo of Scott Doe and Luke Howell, who both spent a season at Boreham Wood after leaving the Daggers. The best known returnee is Paul Benson, who originally signed for the club in 2005 and who went on to score 28 goals in the 2006-07 season, before subsequently playing for Charlton Athletic and Luton Town amongst other League clubs.

An interesting arrival in the summer was Christian Assomobalonga, brother of Nottingham Forest’s Britt, signed from Waltham Abbey, for whom he netted 31 goals in 34 appearances last season. Other summer arrivals include winger Fejiri Okenabirhie, formerly with Arsenal and Stevenage; Corey Whiteley, a striker from Enfield Town who bagged 27 goals last season; and Jordan Maguire-Drew, an 18 year-old winger signed on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Daggers have so far won three games and lost one:

Dagenham and Redbridge 3 Southport 0
Chester 3 Dagenham and Redbridge 0
Guiseley 0 Dagenham and Redbridge 2
Dagenham and Redbridge 1 Lincoln City 0

The Daggers now sit in 4th place in the table.


Adults £18
Over 65/Students with valid student card £13
U16s £5


The Cards travel to York City next Saturday, 27 August. The Cards Trust’s coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 8.30am. Book your place by emailing or , phoning 01483 772470 or calling in at the Club Shop. The coach costs £35 for members, £40 for non-members and £18/£20 for accompanied U16s (maximum of two per accompanying adult).

The Cards’ next home game is on Monday 29 August when they take on Chester. Bring along family and friends for a Bank Holiday outing!

Come on, you Cards!

Woking fall to early Dagenham & Redbridge triple

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 20th Aug 2016
Woking 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 3
20th August 2016
Vanarama National League

A brave Woking fightback couldn’t rescue the points against Dagenham and Redbridge after the away side sprinted to a three-goal lead inside the first 20 minutes but the Cards restored some pride to the scoreline with Anthony Edgar’s second half strike.

In a fixture which always looked tricky on paper for the Cards, Dagenham and Redbridge demonstrated the former Football League status and quality with three goals in the space of eight minutes at Kingfield to effectively take the game away from Woking despite the two sides being evenly matched for the remainder of the game.

Craig Robson opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a deft header before Jordan Maguire-Drew found the net with a sublime curling effort shortly afterwards. Woking’s task was made even harder when the away side were given a penalty and despite Michael Poke saving the initial shot by Fejiri Okenabirhe the ball found its way back to the striker who slotted home in the rebound scrap.

Woking slowed the tide to get to half time only three goals down and were given hope two minutes into the second half thanks to Edgar’s low drive but despite continued pressure the Daggers held out to take victory.

The result leaves Woking still without a win this season and second from bottom, only ahead of Guiseley who have lost all of their five opening league matches.

After a spirited but ultimately fruitless match against Forest Green, manager Garry Hill rang in four changes to shake up the attack with Dennon Lewis, Zak Ansah, Chigozie Ugwu and Fabio Saraiva all dropping to the bench.

Charlie Penny, leading the line in the lone striker role, had the opening chance of the first half when he latched on to a low Charlier Carter cross from the right wing but his poke goalwards narrowly skipped past the far post.

Despite a promising start it was the visiting side who took the lead in the 11th minute with Robson heading in a free header at the far post with Michael Poke left flat-footed.

Things went from bad to worse shortly after when Brighton & Hove loanee Maguire-Drew cut inside from the right and curled in a left-footed effort which escaped Poke’s outstretched arm.

Woking’s difficult start continue just two minutes later when Ben Gordon took down Maguire-Drew which gave the referee no option but to point to the penalty spot. Okenabirhe’s initial effort was well-saved by Poke diving down to the bottom right corner but the loose ball was collected by Luke Guttridge who teed up the penalty taker to calmly slot past sprawling Woking defenders.

Stemming the Daggers’ tide, Woking battled back approaching half time and the home side’s best effort saw Max Kretzschmar hit the post with a well-struck effort from the edge of the penalty box.

Half-time: Woking 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 3

The Woking boss looked to add some firepower to the attack with little to lose in the second half with Gordon coming off for Saravia who joined the midfield to push Kretzschmar further forward. The change made an instant impact with the Cards grabbing a goal back inside two minutes.

A cross failed to be cleared by the Dagenham and Redbridge backline and the ball was shifted to Edgar on the edge of the area. The tricky winger carved out some space by evading two defenders and his low drive blasted past Elliot Justham to give the home side a lifeline with his first goal for the club.

The goal seemed to breathe energy back into Woking, while similarly dampen the recent Football League exiles, with the home side finding a passing rhythm and duly creating chances. Keiran Murtagh saw a low shot blocked out by Justham before substitute Saraiva had a shot which also tested the goalkeeper.

Woking continued to apply the pressure but left room at the back which enabled the Daggers to play on the counter attack. Hill added height and power into the attack with Ugwu and Ansah in the hunt for two late goals.

The fresh pair provided sparks to keep the hopes up of a Woking revival, but Dagenham and Redbridge were able to snuff out any good chances to take home the three points while leaving the Cards still without a win this season.

Woking: Michael Poke; Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brain Saah, Ben Gordon (Fabio Saravia 45); Charlie Carter (Zak Ansah 81), Keiran Murtagh, Anthony Edgar, Nathan Ralph; Charlie Penny, Max Kretzschmar (Gozie Ugwu 73)

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Dennon Lewis

Goals: Edgar (47)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Elliot Justham; Joe Widdowson, Craig Robson, Scott Doe, Curtley Williams; Matt Robinson, Paul Benson, Jordan Maguire-Drew (Corey Whitely 72); Andre Boucaud, Luke Guttridge (Josh Staunton 78), Fejiri Okenabirhe

Unused subs: Mark Cousins, Frankie Raymond, Christian Assombalonga

Goals: Robson (11), Maguire-Drew (17), Okenabirhe (19)

Referee: Adam Bromley

Sponsors’ MOTM: Anthony Edgar – Got the goal to give Woking hope and was a threat all match.

Attendance: 1153
1Michael Poke
2Jake Caprice
3Ben Gordon ('45)
5Brian Saah
4Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
12Charlie Carter ('82)
15Max Kretzschmar ('73)
11Nathan Ralph
7Charlie Penny
19Anthony Edgar
18Brandon Hall
14Fabio Saraiva ('45)
16Dennon Lewis
9Gozie Ugwu ('73)
10Zak Ansah ('82)
Dagenham & Redbridge LINEUP

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