Hemmings happy to stay at the back
PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 November 2014
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Daggers ace has been used in various positions this season
Ashley Hemmings is enjoying life at Dagenham & Redbridge and relishing his new role in Wayne Burnett’s team.
The 23-year-old found himself out of the starting XI at the beginning of month, but returned against Wimbledon on November 15 and has remained in the side ever since.
Hemming helped the Victoria Road club pick up a crucial victory against Carlisle at the weekend, as Burnett played a three-man defence against the Cumbrians, and Daggers could line up with the same formation against Bury at Gigg Lane today (Saturday).
Hemmings believes it is a formation that can bring them success, saying: “It is actually good playing three at the back and we only started doing it on the Thursday before Carlisle.
“Everyone was kind of like ‘is it going to work or is it not?’ but we got straight into it.
“We got a great result and if we keep working on this formation it could do us wonders.
“We have been training with it this week and to be honest it does suit us.
“I thought we were more solid at the back and there is extra space for the attackers as well.”
Hemmings has mainly been used as a winger or a wide forward throughout his career.
But for Daggers, he played the left-back role for the first time against the Dons and retained his position for the FA Cup defeat to Southport.
Against Carlisle, Hemmings played as a wing-back, with Damian Batt on the opposite flank, but he is enjoying his new position in the team.
Hemmings added: “I feel comfortable there and Brian Saah has helped me. He spoke to me and it helps you more when everyone talks and it has been alright playing
“There is less attacking, but it is easier because you know what the opponent is going to do because you have been the attacker as well before.
“I am alright with change so if we keep playing good and I keep my position in the team, I don’t mind playing left-back.”
Hemmings will hope to retain his place in Burnett’s starting side for the trip to Bury and Daggers travel with confidence after beating Carlisle with goals from Ashley Chambers (2), Jamie Cureton and Billy Bingham.
“It was a massive reflief for everyone,” said Hemmings.
“Everyone was happy and we have come in this week happy. We just need to keep that up and get on a roll now. Going to Bury and getting the win would be fantastic for everyone.”