Dagenham & Redbridge

It was another disappointing night at Huish Park as Yeovil Town collapsed to a 3-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge to leave them third from bottom of the home form table over the last six National League games.

Ian was on BBC Somerset co-commentary duty for the evening and here’s how he saw it…

We were masters of our own downfall. The positive of our season so far has our security at the back and the strength of our defence. We let an in-form Paul McCallum have freedom of the six yard box and didn’t close down the cross with any determination after just 6 minutes of the match. That’s not a character-trait of this side so it was unusual. To then concede a 2nd goal and in such ridiculously poor circumstances quarter of an hour later meant the game was over before half time. We know we have issues in the final third, and we haven’t scored two goals in a game since November. We shot ourselves in the foot and it felt like the players on the pitch knew the game was gone.

Striker Olufela Olomola.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

We struggled going forward again. We welcomed Olufela Olomola back to the starting line-up, but it was that familiar story of a lack of service. Conceding so early meant we were chasing the game but we never seemed to have cohesion going forward. Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles seemed out of sync (and totally exhausted), the midfield trio of Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman and Alex Bradley looked like the new combination that it is and never really clicked. We brought Lawson D’Ath on at 2-0 to bridge that gap between the midfield and the attack and attempt to claw back the deficit. Unfortunately, three minutes later we’re asleep on a quick throw and Dagenham put the game beyond doubt, although it was already.

Dagenham & Redbridge nailed it tactically. From kick off they applied pressure to our defenders whenever we had the ball. It took us quite a few goal kicks to cotton on to the fact that they weren’t going to let us play out from the back. Every time Josh Staunton picked up the ball from a defender there we two red-shirts on him looking to force the mistake, and they did repeatedly. At 2-0 they knew their work was done and when we did have the ball in their half, they let us keep it, perhaps knowing that we’d struggle to break their solid back line down. All in all, it was a comfortable night for Dagenham.

I’m not sure where we go from here. The last three results have cemented that we’re definitely mid-table and any run on the playoffs would need a miraculous set of circumstances. A couple of weeks ago Darren Sarll said his side’s seasons don’t peter out, last night was the epitome of a team petering out though. Unfortunately it’s entirely understandable. This squad is slap bang in the middle, most of them are out of contract at the end of the season and the vision from the boss at the top of the club is non-existent. 

I’m not sure if we ever totally freed ourselves from it, but apathy has set in again. The early goal sucked any life the supporters at Huish Park might have had, but there was a real flatness last night. Like the players, the crowd never got going and were given very little to get going about. We slept walk out of the Football League, and if we don’t drastically improve in front of the home fans on Saturday against Grimsby, there will be a perception that we’re sleepwalking to the end of the season and after that who knows what? A statement in ‘due course’ means nothing. Seven day deadlines mean nothing. If the plan to be so distant and become so unaccountable that supporters just give up, we could be close to that point. We’ll continue to clamour for clarity and at this point we need it either way.

Darren Sarll confessed his Yeovil Town side were “well beaten” as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night.

The Glovers went behind after just six minutes when Paul McCallum struck before a mistake by goalkeeper Grant Smith gifted the visitors a second on 22 minutes. Junior Morais added a third in the second half.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after more than an hour with his players in the dressing room, he said the squad had been working on trying to create more goal-scoring opportunities. with the returning Olufela Olomola at the heart of the attack.

Darren Sarll speaking after the 3-0 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

The manager said: “We have tried to change to change the page with our attacking play and trying to create more chances and get more attempts on goal.

“Whenever you do that, you reverse some of the great qualities you have on the other side of the field, so that’s a balance I need to find.

“But we were well beaten by an experienced side that were probably very happy to accept the gifts we gave them.

“We have too many learning how to create chances and if you haven’t got an immediate solution it becomes a massive problem.

“But all three goals were from turn overs of us having the ball and when the back four, when they are in such a giving mood it makes things harder.

“It underlines how that defensive shape is to us, it’s okay being open and creating chances, but you stay open for the opponent so you have to make sure you are creating a plethora of chances.

“The facts are we are not that team.

Another blank from Yeovil means they have now scored just 28 goals in 31 National League games, conceding 33, and Sarll added that his biggest disappointment was that his side “did not implement anything we wanted too.

He said his side have to “stare the problem in the face” as they prepare for the visit of Grimsby Town to Huish Park on Saturday.

The Glovers now have the third worst home form in the division – surpassed only by bottom club Dover Athletic and Aldershot Town – and they are fourth from bottom of the form guide over the past six matches which have heralded just three points.

Sarll said: “Grimsby is massive. We have to come and stare the problem in the face and make sure we replicate the away form.

“We will be fresher on Saturday and have more punch to us. I learnt a lot about whether the future of this team, some players can go for 40 games every week.

“We have spoken at depth and that will remain in the dressing room. Nothing too animated because I want to be balanced, I don’t want to be too damning.

He revealed that right back Mark Little sat out the defeat having played five of the last six National League matches – completing 90 minutes for five of them – and loanees forward Sonny Blu-Lo Everton and defender Jack Robinson were both left out of the squad.

The boss said Sonny has been suffering with tonsillitis whilst Robinson has only trained for three days after returning from his latest injury.

Josh Staunton was taken off after 77 minutes against Dagenham and Sarll said the player has “a problem with a hernia.

On loan striker Olufela Olomola returns for tonight’s match at home to Dagenham & Redbridge (7.45pm kick-off).

Olufela Olomola.

The Hartlepool United frontman has missed theast two matches having picked up an injury in the 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United a fortnight ago.

He appears to be in a front three alongside Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield with Jordan Barnett, who played in the forward line at Notts County last weekend, dropping back to left back.

Mark Little is on the bench so Morgan Williams switches to right back.

For the visitors, ex-Glovers’ loanee Angelo Balanta returns on the bench whilst defender Yoann Zouma is named among the substitutes.

The Frenchman is the brother of West Ham United player, Kurt, and has been out of the squad since he was caught filming his sibling kicking and slapping his pet cats.

Yeovil Town: Grant Smith, Morgan Williams, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Jordan Barnett, Josh Staunton, Alex Bradley, Dale Gorman, Charlie Wakefield, Tom Knowles, Olufela Olomola.

Substitutes: Mark Little, Matt Worthington, Lawson D’Ath, Reuben Reid, Adi Yussuf.

Angelo Balanta in his loan spell at Yeovil Town in 2013. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town are back at Huish Park after three matches away with Dagenham & Redbridge the visitors.

The original fixture was postponed when following Storm WhatsHerFace blowing  half the county of Somerset away.

Not much has changed since then in truth, the Glovers still sit midtable, with plenty of very decent “all guts, no glory” performances and more draws than a large Ikea warehouse and Dagenham still flirt with the play offs.

The Daggers sit 10th, seven points behind Notts County who occupy the all important seventh spot.

In terms of actual form, the visitors have actually only picked up one more point than Yeovil in the last five games, a 3-0 win over Maidenhead last time out and a 1-1 draw vs Woking in that time.

The Glovers of course have been picking up stalemate points for fun; five of the last seven Yeovil games have ended all square.

Goals (or lack, thereof) has been the talking point at Huish Park, Dagenham don’t have that problem, 53 league goals this season, that’s not a million miles off double Yeovil’s tally of 28.

Only one has made double figures though, that is Paul McCallum, who scored when these sides met earlier in the campaign… a 1-0 win for Yeovil… it’s enough to make your brain hurt.

He got a brace when they last played, but that was a week ago, against Maidenhead, he and his team-mates had a Saturday off as the Glovers lugged it up to Nottingham and back to be pegged back at the death by Notts County.

 


FROM THE MANAGER

Daryl McMahon is all too aware of what awaits his side at Huish Park telling the Barking and Dagenham Post:

“Darren (Sarll’s) teams are hard to play against, they always are, they’re always aggressive. Going down to Yeovil is always a tough game, but it’s another game in this division we look forward to.”

Whilst club captain and former Glovers’ loanee Angelo Balanta said:
“Yeovil will be tough. They’re below us in the table but they gave us a good contest and made it tough for us.

“They’re very resilient the way they go about their business and defend their goal really well.

“I think it will be similar but we’ve got to do what we’ve been doing, performing well and hopefully get the result.”


TEAM NEWS

McMahon is hoping to welcome a couple key players back into the fold, including a name Glovers fans will recognise, he should have Angelo Balanta (calf) and Matt Robinson (concussion) back in contention this week.


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Yeovil Town captain Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town captain Luke Wilkinson and midfielder Josh Staunton seems likely to be the only players with experience of playing for both sides starting this weekend.

The central defender played 65 times for Dagenham following his release by Portsmouth in 2010.

He had a couple of spells on loan at Boreham Wood and one at Dartford during his time at Victoria Road before departing for Luton Town in 2014.

Staunton arrived in Essex following his release by Gillingham in the summer of 2016 and made 37 appearances as they reached the Conference play-offs missing out to eventual winners Forest Green Rovers.

Despite playing in most positions in defence, Staunton was allowed to leave and joined Woking for the following season and then moved to FC Halifax Town from whom he joined Yeovil in summer 2020.

Another in the green-and-white corner is Lawson D’Ath, the playmaker working his way back to fitness after nine months out through injury.

He had a 21-game spell on loan in Essex in the 2013-14 season.

Likely to be missing through injury is the visitors’ talismanic forward Angelo Balanta who was an unused substitute in Yeovil’s 2-1 League One play-off final win over Brentford which secured promotion to the Championship in 2013.

If you’ve not heard it, check out our podcast with former Yeovil Town press officer Jimmy Healey for a great story about Balanta’s celebration – here.

The Colombian had a spell at Bristol Rovers, helping them out of the Football Conference in 2015, before moving to Carlisle United, Boreham Wood and eventually arriving at Dagenham in October 2018.

There is a possibility of seeing ex-Glovers’ midfielder Joey Jones who played the first half against Spennymoor last weekend before being replaced at half-time.

He spent his youth career at Arsenal and Leicester but having signed for Yeovil in 2013 after playing in a behind-closed-doors friendly he failed to make an appearance.

In January 2014, he was loaned out to Woking who he eventually joined permanently at the end of the season and when on to play 162 times for the Cards.

He arrived at Victoria Road, via Eastleigh and Salford City, in November 2020.

Other familiar faces to both sets of supporters include….

  • Rhys Murphy – Dagenham (2013-15), Yeovil Town (2019-21)
  • Mitch Brundle – Yeovil Town (2012-13), Dagenham (2019-21)
  • Jake Howells – Yeovil Town – loan (2015), Dagenham (2017-18)
  • Gavin Tomlin – Yeovil Town (2008-10), Dagenham (2010-12)
  • Matt Harrold – Dagenham – loan (2004-05), Yeovil Town (2005-06)
  • Kirk Jackson – Yeovil Town (2002-04), Dagenham – loan (2004)
  • Paul Terry – Dagenham (1999-2003), Yeovil Town (2003-07)

 

Angelo Balanta in his loan spell at Yeovil Town in 2013. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Former Yeovil Town man Angelo Balanta is hoping success in the FA Trophy can spur his Dagenham & Redbridge team-mates on this weekend.

The Colombian seems likely to be missing this weekend as he makes his way back from a calf injury, but did tune in for their 2-0 win over Spennymoor United to book a quarter-final place last weekend.

The result was overshadow by a horrific injury to young winger George Saunders who suffered a double leg break, but Balanta hopes the result will pick up the Daggers who had lost their previous two league fixtures.

He said: “I watched the game on a stream and it was pleasing to get through to the next round, but devastating for George (Saunders) getting injured.

“Any team coming to our turf is a very good draw for us. We fancy our chances at home but York will pose a different challenge.

“Yeovil will be tough. They’re below us in the table but they gave us a good contest and made it tough for us.
“They’re very resilient the way they go about their business and defend their goal really well.

“I think it will be similar but we’ve got to do what we’ve been doing, performing well and hopefully get the result.

In the League, our visitors have lost three and won one of their last four albeit the defeats came at home to leaders $tockport County and promotion-chasing FC Halifax Town and then on the road at Chesterfield in their last outing on February 5.

The victory came with a 2-1 win at W*ymouth after goals from strikers Josh Walker and Paul McCallum saw them come back from trailing at half-time.

Walker missed the reverse fixture in Essex in November through injury having had a prolific start to the season.

Ominously, he has got five in his last seven with both he and McCallum on the scoresheet last weekend.


FROM THE MANAGER

Daggers’ boss Daryl McMahon admitted the serious injury to winger George Saunders in last weekend’s FA Trophy win over Spennymoor United did affect his players.

But, having reported that the youngster had a successful injury on a double leg break, the squad has been able to focus on the weekend’s National League fixture.

The boss said: “It has obviously difficult after what happened Saturday with Georgie, but since we’ve had the good news in terms of his operation, the lads have been great in training.”

The manager has a lot of respect for his opposite number, Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll, and is expecting a tough game in the anticipated difficult conditions of a wind-lashed Huish Park.

He added: “Darren has done a terrific job down there. We know it’ll be difficult when we play against Yeovil. They’re well organised, competitive.

The weather looks like it might be a challenge, looking at the forecast, but it’s one we’re looking forward to.

We feel that we’re in decent form, we had a bit of good luck last weekend, getting bodies back as well, we feel like we’re looking forward to the run-in now.”

 


TEAM NEWS

Former Yeovil Town loanee Angelo Balanta is expected to be missing for the trip to face his old club.

The Dagenham winger, who had a six-game loan spell at Huish Park during the League One play-off-winning season in 2012-13, has not featured since a win at W*ymouth at the end of last month with a calf injury.

Boss Daryl McMahon said the Colombian is still expected to be out this weekend, but he is expecting experienced heads Matt Robinson and Dean Rance to be available despite carrying injuries.

Mauro Vilhete has returned to training this week alongside winger Myles Weston, who caused Yeovil’s defence all kinds of issues in the match at Victoria Road in November, is back after a spell with COVID.

Alongside winger George Saunders, who is out for the season having suffered a double leg break last weekend, the Daggers’ most high-profile absentee is defender Yoan Zouma.

The Frenchman has been suspended from playing whilst the RSPCA conducts an investigation in to an attack on a pet cat by his brother, West Ham United defender, Kurt, which was filmed by Yoan and posted on social media.

The Premier League player was seen kicking and slapping two pet cats in the video posted by Yoan at the start of this month and the Daggers responded quickly by suspending their player.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Yeovil Town captain Luke Wilkinson and midfielder Josh Staunton seems likely to be the only players with experience of playing for both sides starting this weekend.

The central defender played 65 times for Dagenham following his release by Portsmouth in 2010.

He had a couple of spells on loan at Boreham Wood and one at Dartford during his time at Victoria Road before departing for Luton Town in 2014.

Staunton arrived in Essex following his release by Gillingham in the summer of 2016 and made 37 appearances as they reached the Conference play-offs missing out to eventual winners Forest Green Rovers.

Despite playing in most positions in defence, Staunton was allowed to leave and joined Woking for the following season and then moved to FC Halifax Town from whom he joined Yeovil in summer 2020.

Another possibility in the green-and-white corner is Lawson D’Ath, the playmaker working his way back to fitness after nine months out through injury.

He had a 21-game spell on loan in Essex in the 2013-14 season.

Likely to be missing through injury is the visitors’ talismanic forward Angelo Balanta who was an unused substitute in Yeovil’s 2-1 League One play-off final win over Brentford which secured promotion to the Championship in 2013.

If you’ve not heard it, check out our podcast with former Yeovil Town press officer Jimmy Healey for a great story about Balanta’s celebration – here.

The Colombian had a spell at Bristol Rovers, helping them out of the Football Conference in 2015, before moving to Carlisle United, Boreham Wood and eventually arriving at Dagenham in October 2018.

There is a possibility of seeing ex-Glovers’ midfielder Joey Jones who played the first half against Spennymoor last weekend before being replaced at half-time.

He spent his youth career at Arsenal and Leicester but having signed for Yeovil in 2013 after playing in a behind-closed-doors friendly he failed to make an appearance.

In January 2014, he was loaned out to Woking who he eventually joined permanently at the end of the season and when on to play 162 times for the Cards.

He arrived at Victoria Road, via Eastleigh and Salford City, in November 2020.

Other familiar faces to both sets of supporters include….

  • Rhys Murphy – Dagenham (2013-15), Yeovil Town (2019-21)
  • Mitch Brundle – Yeovil Town (2012-13), Dagenham (2019-21)
  • Jake Howells – Yeovil Town – loan (2015), Dagenham (2017-18)
  • Gavin Tomlin – Yeovil Town (2008-10), Dagenham (2010-12)
  • Matt Harrold – Dagenham – loan (2004-05), Yeovil Town (2005-06)
  • Kirk Jackson – Yeovil Town (2002-04), Dagenham – loan (2004)
  • Paul Terry – Dagenham (1999-2003), Yeovil Town (2003-07)

 

An own goal at the end of the first half was enough to earn Yeovil Town a 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, but scoreline was only part of the story with a performance which had quality and battling qualities written through it. Here’s Coatesie’s conclusions on the win….

We are now unbeaten in six (yes, including Yate and Larkhall!), only one goal conceded in 540 minutes, but perhaps more importantly we beat another team above us in the table. And, let’s not make any mistake, a very good Dagenham side who will likely to be in the play-off places by the end of the season. Last season we spoke a lot about how we could beat those around us and below us, but not those above us. Well, we did it against Eastleigh last weekend and we’ve done it again. Two of our next three opponents are also above us….

It is hardly a conclusion to say we looked solid defensively again, that has become to be expected from this Yeovil Town side. So, I will say – get me Millwall on the phone and name their terms to keep Dan Moss for the season – and possibly the next one! It takes something to pip another great display by Jordan Barnett for most impressive, but Moss did it – just. The loanee was a involved in a lot of what was good about us going forward in the first half and defensively solid in the second. He typified the battling qualities we needed to see the match out, a player older than his years.

It is equally not a conclusion to say we lack a killer touch in front of goal, but I think I have figured out what Adi Yussuf is – see Ben’s Five Conclusions v Woking and v Solihull Moors. He’s is there to soften up the defence, hold up play, yes, Adi Yussuf is a back to goal striker. His finish the previous weekend shows he can be a clinical finisher at times, but the instinctive fox in the box we thought we were getting is not him – well, not yet anyway. Only thing is “the best back to goal striker in this division” (D.Sarll, 2021) is back in training on Monday, so how will they work together? Will they work together? Interesting one.

If I can be allowed to use a conclusion on something other than Yeovil, why did Dagenham wait until half-time to bring on Myles Weston? The winger caused all sorts of problems down the right side in the second half and his duel with Jordan Barnett brought out the best in the Glovers’ left-back who was excellent again. I am advised by Daggers’ fans that Weston, at the age of 33, is “getting on a bit” (checks birth certificate) but had he had that threat with 11 men. Who knows?

But, the final conclusion is a simple one. Darren Sarll doesn’t want to call it an identity or a philosophy – but this is a team fights for each other and they really do it. Even when they were pressing forward and looking more free flowing in the first half, they scrapped and battled in the way we are going to need to to get places at this level. In the second half with the home side on top of them for long parts of the half, there was no inch given by this team.

So, next up Bromley on Tuesday night, another team above us in table – do what we did against Dagenham (especially in the first half) and we have nothing to fear.

 

It’s been a difficult past couple of months for Dagenham & Redbridge who began the National League season like a house on fire.

They were the talk of the opening day after spoiling the party at big-spending Stockport County with a 3-1 win having gone a goal down after just nine minutes.

From there they did not look back with five wins and a draw in their opening six matches, a run which came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Wrexham on September 18.

A run of three straight league defeats in early October set them back even further and they lie in the final play-off spot in seventh going in to the weekend.

But, at Victoria Road the Daggers have lost only once with conceding two late goals in a 3-2 defeat against Altrincham in the first of at three-game run of defeats.

Last time out, a hat-trick from Angelo Balanta, who played seven times in Yeovil’s League One promotion season in 2013, and another from strike partner Ibby Akbani gave them a 4-1 win at Maidenhead in the FA Cup.

Akbani has already faced the Glovers this season having played for Aldershot Town on August Bank Holiday Monday. The 24-year-old joined on loan for the season at the end of last month.

With top-scorer Paul McCallum out for the past five matches through suspension – he is available again at the weekend – and Josh Walker missing through injury, Dagenham splash out a “five-figure fee” to bring striker Junior Morias in from King’s Lynn Town.

The Jamaican remained on the bench for the FA Cup at Maidenhead  but will be looking to start against the Glovers.

Also, catch our chat with Dagenham & Redbridge fan Terry @CockneyByRites on our latest podcast – here.


FROM (OUR) MANAGER

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll was asked about the Daggers, he said: “Dagenham are strong, last year they and Stockport were the strongest recruiters in the division, they had enormous bad luck with availability.

“They have pretty much the same group and they are still adding players, they took Morias from King’s Lynn and Akanbi from Aldershot, so they are still adding to their group.

“That is a great problem for Daryl (McMahon, the Dagenham manager) to have.”


TEAM NEWS

Striker Paul McCallum is available for selection having missed the past five matches through suspension.

The former Barnet frontman, who has six goals this season, was sent off after just two minutes of FA Cup win at Wealdstone last month and then handed a further two match ban for a further charge of improper conduct.

Daggers’ boss Daryl McMahon has said forwards Josh Walker, who has scored five times including four in his first five matches, and Scott Wilson is also missing through injury.

Walker is likely to be out until Christmas with a groin injury whilst Wilson requires surgery of his knee, but is not expected to be back until the middle of January

The form of ex-Glovers’ loanee Angelo Balanta, who has four goals in his last three matches, and strike-partner Ibby Akanbi means McCallum, Walker and Wilson have barely been missed in recent weeks.

Left-back Elliott Johnson and midfielder Joey Jones, who spent the 2013-14 season at Huish Park despite not playing a competitive minute, are also expected to be unavailable.

Jones suffered a stress fracture of his knee in the recent FA Cup defeat to Salford City and will be missing until the start of next year,

Of his absentee, McMahon said: “We’re down some players, but it gives an opportunity for someone else to step in and perform. We know we’ve got a small squad, but it’s a strong squad.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

 

There’s a good chance that both players wearing the captain’s armband on Saturday will have a foot in both camps.

In the green-and-white corner, Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson played 65 times for the Daggers following his release by Portsmouth in 2010.

He had a couple of spells on loan at Boreham Wood and one at Dartford during his time at Victoria Road before departing for Luton Town in 2014.

For the home side, Angelo Balanta played six times for Gary Johnson’s Glovers whilst on loan from Queens Park Rangers in the 2012-13 season.

The Colombian winger was an unused substitute in the 2-1 play-off final win over Brentford which secured promotion to the Championship.

If you’ve not heard it, check out our podcast with former Yeovil Town press officer Jimmy Healey for a great story about Balanta’s celebration – here.

He had a spell at Bristol Rovers, helping them out of the Football Conference in 2015, before moving to Carlisle United, Boreham Wood and eventually arriving at Dagenham in October 2018.

Also likely to start for the visitors at the weekend are Joe Quigley, dubbed ‘a head of a stick’ by some Dagenham fans, when he arrived at Yeovil just over a year ago.

The London-born striker scored six times in 32 appearances during his time at Victoria Road, but having missed a couple of ‘sitters’ never found a home at the club before moving to South Somerset.

Another Glover who remains well-regarded by the Daggers’ fans is Josh Staunton.

He arrived in Essex following his release by Gillingham in the summer of 2016 and made 37 appearances as they reached the Conference play-offs missing out to eventual winners Forest Green Rovers.

Despite playing in most positions in defence, Staunton was allowed to leave and joined Woking for the following season and then moved to FC Halifax Town from whom he joined Yeovil in summer 2020.

Less likely to be on the pitch at the weekend is Dagenham midfielder Joey Jones, who is a doubt through injury for the weekend.

The midfielder spent his youth career at Arsenal and Leicester but having signed for Yeovil in 2013 after playing in a behind-closed-doors friendly he failed to make an appearance.

In January 2014, he was loaned out to Woking who he eventually joined permanently at the end of the season and when on to play 162 times for the Cards.

He arrived at Victoria Road, via Eastleigh and Salford City, in November 2020.

Other players with connections with both clubs include Paul Terry who joined Yeovil from the Daggers in 2003, going on to play 135 times in green-and-white.

Rhys Murphy, of course top-scorer at Huish Park for the past two seasons, had a decent 18 months at Dagenham between 2013 and 2015, and Mitch Brundle whose career began at Yeovil where he failed to make a start and spent the past two seasons with Dagenham before moving to Barnet this summer.

Another is Jake Howells who had six games on loan from Luton Town – remember him? No, me neither. Played a bit more for