3:00pm - SaturdaySat 21st OctoberOct 2023
The Chigwell Construction Stadium | Att: 1521

Dag & Red
Dagenham & Redbridge
2 - 1


Match Preview and Guide | Dagenham & Redbridge (A)

William Bewsey
9:40am, Thu 19th Oct 2023
Dagenham & Redbridge vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st October 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking will return to league action with a trip to struggling Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday at Victoria Road.

Following progression to the FA Cup First Round with a 2-0 win over Hemel Hempstead Town, Darren Sarll's side will be hoping to make it back to back away league wins against a side still massively in transition, and will be massively boosted by the returns of Rhys Browne and Charlie Wakefield; both looked impressive on Tuesday night.

Opposition Watch
The Daggers, who remarkably haven't finished in the National League playoffs since 2016-17, underwent a huge change in personnel over the summer, with the likes of Matt Robinson and Angelo Balanta moving away, and Ben Strevens was quick to bring in several established National League and EFL names, such as former Woking loanee Jake Hessenthaler, attacking midfielder Josh Rees from Boreham Wood, and young midfielder Frank Vincent from Notts County.

However, the Daggers have found form and goals hard to come by, and currently sit 21st in the league, occupying the last relegation place. After defeat to Bracknell Town in the FA Cup in front of the BBC cameras, Strevens will be hoping his side can arrest a run of form that has seen his side go winless in nine. Only Maidenhead have scored less goals than the Daggers, who have picked up 13 points from their 15 games.

Dagenham's squad contains the likes of the recently signed Freddie Sears, with the former West Ham and Ipswich man having got off the mark in a 3-2 defeat to Aldershot, whilst journeyman striker and of course former Card Inih Effiong has recovered quickly from a shocking collapse following defeat at Maidenhead in August, with Effiong recently making his way back into the starting lineup.

Last Time Out
Woking were 2-1 victors at Victoria Road against the Daggers in early January, despite a Josh Walker consolation. A Rohan Ince first half double was enough for the Cards to continue their excellent run of form over Christmas and the New Year, and it was Ince who helped the Cards to a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at the Laithwaite in August 2022, helped by a goal from Reece Grego-Cox.

In fact, Woking have lost just once at Victoria Road since 2017, winning twice and drawing three times, and they've lost just twice in 11 meetings since the Daggers' relegation from League Two, winning six in total.

Around the Ground
Victoria Road, also known as the Chigwell Construction Stadium is located within a short walk of Dagenham East tube station, on the District Line. There is a family pub called the Pipe Major opposite the station.

Woking will be allocated the West Stand, which has 1200 seats and is situated behind the goal.

Ticket details are available here

Prices are as follows (on the day prices in brackets):
• Adults: £23 (£25)
• Concession: £17 (£19)
• Young Adult (17-21): £14
• Junior (10-16): £1
• Under 10s: £1

The Cards Trust will be running a coach to this game, details are available here.

Match Report | Cards defeated at the death by Daggers

William Bewsey
5:00pm, Sat 21st Oct 2023
Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 Woking
Vanarama National League
21st October 2023

Woking returned to league action after successful FA Cup progression, as Dagenham & Redbridge welcomed the Cards to Victoria Road.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side victorious over Hemel in midweek, with Morgan Williams dropping to the bench in place of Lewis Walker. There were also returns to the squad for Zak Bradshaw, Alfie Pavey and Timi Odusina, who all took places on the bench.

In the pouring rain, Dagenham kicked off towards the open end of the ground, with the Cards kicking towards their boisterous away support. The opening ten minutes of the game went by without a chance for either side, as both teams were battling for possession.

The first real chance for the Cards came on 19 minutes, when a long kick was met by the head of Walker, but Padraig Amond fired his volley over the crossbar. But it was the hosts who took the lead minutes later, when a Josh Hare corner was met by the head of Josh Rees.

There was an immediate response from the Cards, and on 28 minutes, a superb Dennon Lewis cross was met by Reece Grego-Cox inside the six-yard box, who headed home past Elliot Justham at the back post to level the scores.

Half time came at a time where the game was very much at a stalemate, with a real lack of quality barring the move leading to the Cards’ equaliser.

Half-time: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Woking

Woking made one change at half time, with Grego-Cox replaced by Rhys Browne, making his first league appearance since August, but it was the hosts who so nearly took the lead when a shot from Sam Ling cannoned back off the far post and was cleared.

After a miskick from two Dagenham defenders, Browne found himself inside the box, but he fired over with the angle somewhat against him.

Tunji Akinola was sent off for two bookable offences, both of which when he seemed to get the ball, but referee Greg Rollason eventually showed him his second yellow card in the 66th minute, and Woking’s task became that bit harder.

After the Daggers hadn’t really had a big chance for almost 30 minutes, they stole it at the death. Former Card Inih Effiong latched onto a through ball from Hare before slotting into the bottom corner to give the home side all three points.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Greg Taylor, Reece Grego-Cox (Browne 45’), Padraig Amond (Williams 69’), Dennon Lewis, Tunji Akinola, Rohan Ince (Bradshaw 63’), Lewis Walker

Unused subs: Odusina, Pavey

Goals: Grego-Cox 28’

Bookings: Akinola 57’, 66’, Jaaskelainen 59’

Sent off: Akinola 66’

Dagenham & Redbridge: Elliot Justham, Josh Hare, Elliot Johnson (Kendall 72’), Tom Eastman, Jake Hessenthaler, Frank Vincent (Mussa 81’), Josh Rees, Inih Effiong, Harry Phipps, Sam Ling, Freddie Sears (Weston 63’)

Unused subs: Francis-Clarke, Page

Goals: Rees 25’, Effiong 90+4’

Bookings: Phipps 34’, Eastman 37’

Referee: Greg Rollason

Attendance: 1521 (202 Woking fans)

Man of the Match: Scott Cuthbert
Dagenham & Redbridge LINEUP
1Elliot Justham
2Josh Hare
3Elliott Johnson ('73)
5Tom Eastman
19Sam Ling
6Jake Hessenthaler
7Frank Vincent ('81)
8Josh Rees
16Harry Phipps
9Inih Effiong
24Freddie Sears ('64)
12Aidan Francis-Clarke
15Lewis Page
11Myles Weston ('64)
31Omar Mussa ('81)
17Charley Kendall ('73)
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert
5Greg Taylor
16Tunji Akinola
24Rohan Ince ('63)
9Reece Grego-Cox ('46)
11Dennon Lewis
34Lewis Walker
10Padraig Amond ('69)
21Timi Odusina
20Zak Bradshaw ('63)
25Morgan Williams ('69)
14Rhys Browne ('46)
29Alfie Pavey

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