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Grimsby v Dagenham Preview

By: Sam Kinnaird
Date: 26/01/2009 (Last updated: 27/01/2009)

GRIMSBY look to continue their 100% record in 2009 with another good result against this season's surprise package Dagenham and Redbridge. The Essex side convincingly beat the Mariners just three months ago by a 4-0 scoreline.

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The Opposition


The merging of Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest FC took place in 1992, and the club were relegated to the Isthmian League Premier Division from the Vauxhall Conference in 1996. The Daggers won promotion back into the Conference in 2000 and grew season on season into a strong Conference outfit finishing 3rd, 5th and 6th in their opening seasons. In 2002 they were pipped narrowly to the title and more importantly promotion by Boston United. It was later found that Boston were making irregular payments to players during the season but their promotion stood. Dagenham unsuccessfully attempted to overturn the decision on numerous occasions. Following this, the club began to decline and finished mid-table in the following 3 seasons. On 27th February 2004 they were beaten 9-0 at home by Hereford United. The 2006-7 season saw the Daggers battle it out with Oxford for promotion and Oxford raced clear before Christmas, but slowly and surely their lead was eaten away despite the loss of striker Craig-Mackail Smith to Peterborough. On 7th April Dagenham were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history. Their first game back in the League was a 1-0 loss to Stockport County, however a win was just around the corner as Lincoln were dispatched by a single goal at Victoria Road. The club reached the quarter final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and finished the season in 20th place, ensuring League Football for another season. This season has been vastly improved and the club currently sit nicely in 5th place above Shrewsbury and Bradford with thumping wins against Gillingham, Macclesfield and of course Grimsby.

The Team

Goalkeeper Tony Roberts is the current record appearance holder for the Daggers with 316 appearances over a 9 year spell and he is capped at under-21 level by Wales. Centre back’s Magnus Okuonghae and former Peterborough defender Mark Arber have this season been solid together in a side that have a good defensive record. In midfield sit Soloman Taiwo, a goal scoring midfielder, Glen Southam, and Peter Gain. The main goal threat comes from the strikers Ben Strevens and Paul Benson. Strevens was signed from Crawley in 2006 and has since netted 24 times for Dagenham. Another option up front is Barbados striker Jon Nurse, although his goal record is not at the same level as the first choice Strevens and Benson, he is still a threat from the substitutes bench and often comes on late in games to make an impact.

Key Player

Striker Paul Benson has become synonymous with the club since his signing from the Essex Intermediate League in 2005 where he was scoring goals for fun with White Ensign, with 96 goals over 2 years. Since then he has become a club hero, scoring an incredible 28 goals in the promotion season and earning the golden boot for the Conference. He won an England semi-pro cap in 2007 scoring on his England debut against Northern Ireland. This season he has shown flashes of that form of old scoring 14 goals in 26 games, a goal ratio of 0.53 which puts him up there with the best strikers in the league. Town’s centre backs will need to be at their best to keep him and his sidekick Ben Strevens quiet on Tuesday.

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Team News


  • Jean Louis Akpro picked up a hamstring injury in the win over Rotherham on Saturday and has been ruled out for the game against the Daggers. Danny North or Peter Bore is likely to come into the side to play alongside Proudlock.

  • Defender Tom Newey is also a doubt with a hamstring injury but the head injury sustained by midfielder Stuart Elliott at the weekend is not as bad as initially feared and he should be fit.
  • Dagenham will be without midfielder Sam Saunders, who is suspended for three games after he was sent-off against Rochdale.

  • Peter Gain (knee) and Shane Huke (compassionate) are also missing.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9MFAdam Proudlock
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16MFJean-Paul Kalala
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21DFJoe Widdowson
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    25MFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27MFMickael Buscher
    28GKLeigh Overton
    30MFStuart Elliot
    31MFDean Sinclair
    1GKTony Roberts
    2DFMagnus Okuonghae
    3MFMatt Ritchie (on loan from Portsmouth)
    5DFJon Boardman
    7MFSam Saunders
    8MFGlen Southam
    9FWJon Nurse
    10MFRichard Graham (on loan to Kettering Town)
    11FWMark Nwokeji
    12DFScott Griffiths
    14FWPaul Benson
    15DFAnwar Uddin (captain)
    16FWWesley Thomas (on loan to Grays Athletic)
    17MFBai Mas Lettejallow (on loan to Thurrock)
    18FWBen Strevens
    19DFDanny Foster
    20FWDaniel Charge (on loan to Potters Bar Town)
    21DFAaron Fray
    23MFKayan Kalipha (on loan to Hendon)
    24DFAnthony Cook (on loan to Carshalton Athletic)
    25MFSolomon Taiwo
    26MFTommy Tejan-Sie
    27GKDavid Hogan
    28FWJacob Erskine (on loan to Margate)
    29MFKraig Rochester
    31DFMichael Alaile (on loan to Witham Town)
    32FWHakeem Araba (on loan to Redbridge)
    33MFPeter Gain
    34DFMark Arber
    35MFHarlee Dean (on loan to Bishop's Stortford)

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have never beaten Dagenham in three attempts!

    P 3 W 0 D 1 L 2 F 1 A 8

    Dagenham Head-to-Head (not on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Dagenham 4 Grimsby 0 (Tue 28th Oct 2008)

    A emphatic defeat best forgotten.



    The Fishy Prediction

    Grimsby Town 2-0 Dagenham

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