WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Dagenham & Redbridge FC, also known as The Daggers. Founded in 1992.
WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING PLAYED?
The Chigwell Construction Stadium, Victoria Road (Capacity: 6,078)
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
Last season the Daggers has slow start, but then hit ‘play-off’ form, only to leave themselves too much to do in the latter stages of the season, eventually finishing in 12th place with 60 points.
HOW DID SHOTS GET ON AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
Aldershot Town did the ‘double’ over Dagenham & Redbridge last season. At the EBB Stadium in December 2020, goals from Mo Bettamer and Harry Panayiotou saw the Shots prevail 2-1, with former ‘Shot’ Dean Rance netting Daggers late consolation. In April this year, Town came away from Victoria Road with a 2-0 win, Bettamer again netting, from the penalty spot, with Joel Nouble also on the score-sheet.
WHO’S THEIR GAFFER?:
Born in Dublin, Ireland, 38-year-old Daryl McMahon is a name that National League fans will know due to spells with Boreham Wood, Eastleigh, Dover Athletic, Ebbsfleet United. McMahon was a midfielder in his playing days and represented his national team from u16-18 level. He retired at the end of the 2014/2015 season. His management career started with Ebbsfleet United as a caretaker manager in 2014 before being promoted to the manager position from 2015. He won promotion with Ebbsfleet in the National League South play-offs in 2017 before being appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town in 2019, only to tender his resignation six months later, amid a financial crisis at Moss Rose. Shortly after he picked up the reins at Victoria Road and is now in his third season in charge of the Daggers.
McMahon released six players in the close season, including experienced midfielder Mitch Brundle and Striker Adrian Clifton.
Eighteen players remain at Victoria Road from last season, the most retained by any National League club in the summer. Key players still at Dagenham & Redbridge include; Goalkeeper Elliott Justham, Centr-Backs Callum Reynolds & Kenny Clark, Midfielders Matt Robinson & Dean Rance, Winger Myles Weston and Strikers Angelo Balanta & Paul McCallum.
McMahon has added just six players to his playing squad this season. They include; Defender Sam Ling (from Leyton Orient), Forwards Josh Walker (Barnet) & Junior Morias (Kings Lynn). Most recently, Ibby Akanbi, who initially arrived on loan from Aldershot Town, has signed a permanent deal.
In addition to Akanbi, Daggers’ have several former ‘Shots’. Centre-Back Callum Reynolds skippered Aldershot Town in both play-off campaigns under Gary Waddock. He was succeeded at the EBB as Shots skipper by Dean Rance, who also now wears the red & blue of Dagenham & Redbridge. Paul McCallum also spent a brief spell at Aldershot, in his early career, on loan from West Ham United.
WHO’S GOT THE WHISTLE?
Tuesday’s referee is Lloyd Wood. This season, he has taken charge of 6 National League matches, showing 18 Yellow Cards and 1 Red Card. Two of those six games involved Aldershot Town – the home defeat to Solihull Moors in September and the 1-0 win at Kings Lynn in November.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:
If you are not going to Victoria Road, there will be live online commentary of the game via BBC Radio Surrey Sport or the BBC Sport App, with Rob Worrall, and Guest Summariser, Enlgand C Goalkeeping Coach, Mick Payne. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout.