Dagenham & Redbridge: Sam Ling relishing challenge of busy month in National League
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 December 2017
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Daggers face a packed end to 2017, starting with the trip to Barrow on Saturday
Dagenham & Redbridge begin a busy run of matches in December this weekend when they visit Barrow in the National League on Saturday.
John Still’s side return to action after having last weekend off, looking to make it four wins in a row in the league.
Daggers face five league games before the month is out, as well as a trip to Hereford of the Southern League in the first round of the FA Trophy.
The next month could go a long way to defining how successful Daggers are this term, but defender Sam Ling is relishing the challenge that lies ahead.
“There are plenty of games in December, all coming in a short space of time and hopefully we can start the New Year as high up the table as possible,” he said.
Daggers head to Barrow on their best run of form this season, having won their last three matches in the league.
Victories at home to Guiseley and Dover Athletic were followed by a rare away success at Chester last time out on November 25.
The win at the Blues was just a second away triumph of the term for the Victoria Road outfit, and they will look to add to that at Holker Street on Saturday.
The trip to Barrow will be Daggers’ first game in two weeks, but Ling believes the impetus remains with Still’s side despite the gap in the fixture list.
“We want to play as many games as we can when we have confidence and momentum with us, but the weekend off gave us time to relax and recover,” he added.
Daggers’ recent run of form has seen the Essex club clamber back into the play-off places, with Still’s side currently sixth and just five points off leaders Sutton United, with game in hand over their south London rivals.
Their recent form has seen the Essex club return to second-favourites for the title, behind Sutton.
Daggers look well placed for another crack at winning the National league title following last year’s attempt.
Ling, though, revealed that is not something the team has discussed, though says the squad knows the quality they have.
“We don’t really speak about a title challenge, but we know what we’re capable of and what we can do,” he said.
“We’re confident we can keep winning, keep the run going and keep climbing the table.”