Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still has choice to make in goal ahead of National League opener against Barrow
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 August 2017
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Mark Cousins and Elliot Justham vying to start the season as top stopper for Daggers
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still has a big choice to make over who starts in goal for the National League opener against Barrow.
Both Mark Cousins and Elliot Justham have featured regularly in pre-season, though there is still much debate as to who will get the nod to face the Bluebirds.
With Cousins having ended last season as the top stopper, it is his shirt to lose, but at the moment it is still too close to call.
Still must also make a choice as to who starts up top, though it does seem simpler than the goalkeeping dilemma.
Summer signings Morgan Ferrier and Michael Cheek seem likely to start as a front two after impressive pre-seasons, with the in-demand Oliver Hawkins on the bench.
However, 20-year-old Mason Bloomfield threw his name into contention with a hat-trick at Folkestone Invicta on Monday.
Sam Ling looks set to start at right-back with Ben Nunn still on his way back from a broken hand, with Bondz N’Gala and Craig Robson in the heart of defence and Luke Pennell on the left.
Matt Robinson and Andre Boucaud will resume their midfield partnership, while Corey Whitely and Fejiri Okenabirhie will provide the width on the flanks.
Dan Sparkes, Scott Doe and Luke Howell could all miss out on making the matchday squads after their pre-season campaigns were hampered by injury.
Possible XI: Cousins; Ling, N’Gala, Robson, Pennell; Whitely, Robinson, Boucaud, Okenabirhie; Ferrier, Cheek