Dagenham & Redbridge captain Scott Doe names who he thinks will challenge for the National League title next season
PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 June 2017
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Daggers skipper goes through who he feels will be near the top of the table come the end of April
Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Scott Doe expects the upcoming National League season to be a highly competitive one with several teams challenging for promotion.
Last season, Daggers finished fourth in the table, 15 points behind champions Lincoln City, before being beaten in the play-offs by Forest Green Rovers, who also went on to be promoted.
And even without those two teams, Doe is aware that there are plenty of clubs who, like Daggers, are dreaming of winning promotion to the Football League this season.
“You look at the teams who came down in Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United and you’d expect both to be up there, especially Orient if they get things sorted out,” said the 28-year-old.
“If you look at the teams from last year who were up there, you’d expect Tranmere Rovers to feature again and I was impressed by Aldershot Town, who are a good, young side.
“There will be some unknown quantities too and some of the teams who have come up have a bit of money behind them, like Fylde.
“We showed last year that we were good enough to make the play-offs despite all the injuries, so hopefully without them we can do even better this season.”
Should Daggers finish in the play-offs again this season, they will have to contend with a revamped structure that will see teams as low as seventh qualify.
In the play-off quarter-finals, fourth would host seventh with the winner going on to visit second.
The other quarter-finals would see fifth entertain sixth, with the victors travelling to third, with all ties taking place over one leg and the final at Wembley on May 12.
Doe was only too happy to offer his take on the play-off changes, and also any further alterations he would make.
“If it was down to me, I’d rather have two up automatically and then the play-offs because having just one up automatically makes it a tough division,” he added.
“The changes to the play-offs will definitely gives teams with a smaller budget more hope of going up.
“If you are in the play-offs, you definitely want to finish second or third as you don’t want to be tired after too many games heading into the final, and home advantage is important too.”
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