Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Scott Doe reveals who he wants to play on the opening day of the National League season
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 21 June 2017
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National League fixtures revealed at 1pm on July 5
The fixtures for clubs in the National League may not be released until July 5, but that has not stopped Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Scott Doe revealing who he wants to face on the opening day of the new season.
Last term, Daggers opened up with a comfortably 3-0 success at home to Southport and would surely love to start the new term again at Victoria Road.
And Doe has revealed that he would love to face one of his former clubs on the first day of the new term, though perhaps not for the most obvious reason.
The 28-year-old admitted: “Part of me wants to play Boreham Wood on the opening day of the season because I want to play against Paul Benson (who moved to Meadow Park after leaving Daggers in May).
“It’s a cliché, but you play everyone twice across the season; that said, I’m looking forward to the Leyton Orient games as it’s nice when you play derbies.
“At the minute, though, if I had to say who I wanted on the opening day, it would be Boreham Wood as I won’t see ‘Benno’ this pre-season.”
Benson was one of four key players to leave the club in the summer following the expiration of their contracts.
The others to depart Victoria Road were Luke Guttridge, who has since retired, Curtley Williams and Frankie Raymond.
Between them, all four played a key part in helping Daggers finish in the play-off places in the National League last term.
Doe admits he was disappointed to see that group leave, but he has full faith in manager John Still’s plans for the new season.
“It is said to see the lads leave; Frankie was here for a good few years, while ‘Benno’, ‘Gutts’ and Curtley all gave us some experience,” he added.
“It is sad to see them go, but it’s one of those things which happens in football.
“I know the manager doesn’t want too many players in his squad, like he did at Luton Town. It’s now about the guys who are still here stepping up to be the more experienced players.”
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