Dagenham & Redbridge: Goal on full debut for Joe White thrills coach Darren Currie
PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 September 2017
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Daggers youngster scored first goal on first start for club in win over Gateshead
Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie was delighted teenage forward Joe White marked his first start for the club with his first goal.
The 18-year-old opened the scoring for Daggers in their 3-1 win at home to Gateshead that took the Victoria Road side to the top of the National League.
White has progressed to the Essex club’s first team after coming through the Daggers academy.
And Currie believes White’s goal on his first start for the club is testament to the work he has put in.
“Joe deserves his goal, he’s worked so hard and he’s a great kid,” said Currie.
“He’s done fantastic and it’s pleasing for everyone concerned. He’s one of our own as the song goes.
“He earned and warranted his chance against Gateshead. He’s been training with the first team since the middle of last season, but took to it straight away.
“He’s fit and healthy and has got himself in good condition. He’s got his new contract and his first goal, so he’ll be smiling from ear to ear.”
White was one of three scorers of the day for John Still’s men, along with Morgan Ferrier and Elliott Romain, as Daggers looked potent, even without the likes of Corey Whitely and Michael Cheek.
And the options in attack for the Essex club means they should be considered one of the favourites for promotion, according to Gateshead boss Neil Aspin.
“Dagenham will finish in the top two or three, they’re a good team, have some good players, have goalscorers and goals in the team,” said the Heed manager.
“If you don’t defend really well, then you’re going to come under pressure and concede goals.”