Natalie Kaye
12:00am, Thu 4th Jan 2007
3pm on Saturday 6th January 2007

The Cards first away fixture of 2007 is a difficult one, away at high flying Dagenham this Saturday.

The Daggers were right up there before the Christmas/New Year games, keeping then leaders Oxford very honest. They have since gone on to top the Conference table after the New Year's Day draw at Crawley.


The Daggers finished a respectable 10th last season, one place above ourselves. Home form was their undoing, losing 9 games at the Glyn Hopkin stadium. They also conceded 32 goals, which was only bettered by Southport, who conceded 38. Away from home they had notable wins over Altrincham and Grays, winning 5-0 and 4-0 respectively. Departed striker Chris Moore ended up as top goal scorer, with 15 league goals. Fellow forward Craig Mackail-Smith chipped in with 11 in the Conference.


The Daggers have been enjoying a terrific season on the run-up to Christmas. Following their defeat at Exeter on 9th December, their first in 5 games, Dagenham were 2 points behind leaders Oxford. They failed to capitalise on Oxford?s draw against the Cards on Boxing Day, drawing themselves at home to Grays. A single goal from Craig Mackail-Smith earned the Daggers a 1-0 home win against Halifax Town last Saturday and the 0-0 draw against Crawley on New Year?s Day took them to the top of the Conference following Oxford?s loss at Exeter.

Striker Paul Benson is the leading goal scorer with 14 goals, followed by Craig Mackail-Smith with 11. Home form has been marginally better than that on the road, with just 2 losses at Victoria Road. Overall form however dipped slightly in the last month, with just 1 point to show from games against Southport and Exeter and only 1 win in three over the Christmas period.


After losing talented striker Chris Moore to Brentford over the summer, Dagenham have also had to come to terms with losing both Craig Mackail-Smith and Shane Blackett to Peterborough in the transfer window. Experienced defender Tim Cole is still with the club, as is influential midfielder Glenn Southam, whose contract was extended to 2009 this summer. John Still recruited local lower league players last summer. New signings included former Thurrock midfielder Sam Sloma, and Bishop Stortford?s captain, Dave Rainford. Former Arsenal trainee Paolo Vernazza has joined recently after training with the Daggers. The midfielder joins after four years with Watford.


Glyn Hopkin Stadium
Victoria Road
RM10 7XL
Tel: +44(0)208 592 1549
Fax: +44(0)208 593 7227


? AWAY FANS: this game is likely to be segregated. If so, Woking fans will be in the Pondfield Road terrace behind one of the goals but away supporters can use the Carling and Family Stands

? ADMISSION PRICES: Visiting supporters? terrace ? adults ?11, concessions ?7, Barking College Family Stand ? adults ?12, concessions ?7, 16 & under ?6, Family ticket of one adult plus up to 2 children ?21, Carling Stand ? adults ?14, concessions ?9. There are no transfers from Terrace to seating areas anywhere within the Glyn Hopkin Stadium

? PUBS/FOOD: the clubhouse is usually open to away fans on payment of a membership fee of 50p on the day. Local pubs include the Eastbrook, which is just past the ground on the right hand side of the Rainham Road. For the adventurous there?s a ?pie and mash? shop just a bit further on. You can get fish and chips on the way to the ground from the station. There are the usual catering facilities in the ground

? COLOURS: the Daggers? home strip is red and white stripes, so the Cards will be in their away kit

Come on, you Cards!


BY COACH ? why not take it easy and go on the Supporters? Club coach? It leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm and the cost is ?11 for members and ?15 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop (01483 772470) to book a place.

BY CAR ? M25 to J30 (A13). From the A13 take the Dagenham East exit, go over the railway bridge and exit left at the lights onto the A1306 Westbound. At the double set of traffic lights with a McDonalds on the RHS prepare to turn right at the second set of lights onto Ballards Road. Keep left and continue to a large roundabout with a large pub (The Bull) on the LHS and Esso garage directly opposite, keep to 1st turning left onto Rainham Road South. Continue along Rainham Road South, go over the bridge with Dagenham East Tube Station LHS, then turn left 500m later into Victoria Road.

BY TRAIN ? From Fenchurch Street to Barking Station. Walk across platform and take Eastbound tube. Exit at Dagenham East.

BY TUBE: Take the District Line to Dagenham East. Exit left out of the station.
Victoria Road is a left turn after approx 500m.

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