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Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Daggers out to silence Barrow

PUBLISHED: 10:30 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:42 16 March 2017

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge and Charlie Cooper of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge and Charlie Cooper of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

Dagenham & Redbridge make the long trip north to Barrow and their Holker Street ground for the first time this weekend. After a 4-1 home loss to the Bluebirds in November, many of those travelling up will hope Daggers have done their homework on Paul Cox’s men. The Cumbria outfit have been without 21-goal talisman Byron Harrison since a 3-0 win over National League leaders Lincoln City in January. Since then, Barrow have been sliding down the table due to inconsistent results and are currently eighth heading into the weekend. The Bluebirds have also not been helped by a general lack of build-up play, opting to play long balls up to Ritchie Bennett.

One man who Daggers will have to watch closely is Jordan Williams, who has been superb for Barrow since joining in January 2016. The winger’s performances have seen him linked with a move to the top two divisions of English football. Williams’ pace, skill and his ability to score a wonder goal on a regular basis is why clubs further are the pyramid are chasing him.

At the back, Barrow have enjoyed a solid partnership between centre-backs Moussa Diarra and Dan Livesey. It has been the bedrock of some brilliant home form for the Bluebirds this season, with the Holker Street outfit collecting 36 points in front of their own fans. Cox’s men have only lost twice at home all season – to Forest Green Rovers and to Southport.

Whilst Daggers are in a brilliant position for the play-offs with just 10 games to go, Barrow will be hoping for a late charge back into those places with a few wins. It should be a brilliant match!


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