Daggers v Aldershot MATCH PREVIEW
DEFENDER Scott Doe is out of Dagenham & Redbridge s home match with Aldershot tonight after picking up his fifth booking of the season during last Tuesday s goalless draw with league leaders Bournemouth. With long-serving centre-half Anwar Uddin recalled
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DEFENDER Scott Doe is out of Dagenham & Redbridge's home match with Aldershot tonight after picking up his fifth booking of the season during last Tuesday's goalless draw with league leaders Bournemouth.
With long-serving centre-half Anwar Uddin recalled from his loan spell at Grays Athletic, but with injury doubts surrounding him, boss John Still will be hoping skipper Mark Arber recovers to lead the defence.
Matt Lockwood has returned to Colchester after his loan expired, so Jamie Day will make his debut after joining for a month from Peterborough on Thursday.
Still will make late decisions on both Stuart Thurgood and Josh Scott, but if the duo are fit, it will lead to some serious selection headaches, especially with Darren Currie impressing on his debut at the Cherries.
Thurgood has been such an inspiration figure for Daggers this season, but with Danny Green, Peter Gain, Adam Miller and Currie in good form against Bournemouth, it will be up to Still who he chooses.
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Upfront, Wes Thomas is still suspended, so if Scott is fit, then he will battle it out with Jon Nurse for selection.
Visitors Aldershot have endured a difficult time on their travels recently, as they haven't won since a 2-1 victory at Crewe Alexandra on September 19, a run spanning seven games.
They haven't scored away from the Recreation Ground for three matches either, but despite that run, the Shots are unbeaten in six, although four of those were goalless draws.
Aldershot will be without Dean Howell and Kirk Hudson, but defender Adam Hinshelwood faces a late fitness test.
Defender Anthony Charles admitted tonight's match could be his side's toughest of the campaign to date.
"I think out of all the games, this could be the hardest," he admitted.
"They're a very direct team, it's not the greatest place to go to and they're doing well in the League at the minute. Their confidence is going to be very high and it's going to be a very difficult game.
"They've done a great job there [at Dagenham], they've come up and settled and progressed gradually and just missed out on the play-offs last season and this year they're in the top six. They're direct in the way that they play but it gets them results week in, week out."
Taking charge of the match will be Grant Hegley, in his 16th game of the season.
WE'VE MET BEFORE
Daggers have a fine home record against Aldershot with five victories out of six at Victoria Road. They won 3-1 last season thanks to goals from Paul Benson, Sam Saunders and Matt Ritchie, while you have to go back to December 26, 2003 for the Shots only win.
Ironically, Adam Miller, now on loan with John Still's side, scored twice, while Andrew Mumford also netted in a 3-2 victory. Goalscorers for Daggers that day were Chris Moore and Steve Watts, but there are no surviving members at the club from that game.