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Dagenham & Redbridge proud of efforts at Walking Football Finals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 June 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge score a penalty against Plymouth Argyle at the EFL Trust Walking Football Finals (pic: Denis Lawrence)

Dagenham & Redbridge score a penalty against Plymouth Argyle at the EFL Trust Walking Football Finals (pic: Denis Lawrence)

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Daggers went out in group stages in Birmingham

Dagenham & Redbridge were unable to come way from west Midlands with a trophy after going out in the group stages of the English Football League Trust Cup Finals.

Having won through to the finals from the regional qualifiers, the team left Victoria Road early Saturday morning in a confident mood.

However, Daggers were without three of their regular players for finals day, having been sidelined by injury.

In sweltering conditions at Championship outfit Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground, Daggers amassed five points from their five group games.

Sadly, it proved to be a total that was not enough for the Essex club to go through to the semi-finals.

Playing against squads representing Plymouth Argyle, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United, Kidderminster Harriers and Colchester United, among others, Daggers found it hard to hit the net.

Daggers’ final recorded for the day read one win, two draws and two losses, both of which were tight.

Daggers conceded just three goals on the day, but missed penalty and great saves stopped them from progressing as Sheffield United went on to win the trophy.

And despite not coming away with the trophy, Daggers walking football team manager Terry Rice was pleased with how things went.

“It was a great day and it was good to meet all of the other teams and players too,” said Rice.

“We were unlucky in losing our two games and if we had scored the penalty we missed against Blackburn, we would have been in a semi-final.”

Rice was also keen to stress the importance of the walking football team to all of those involved, having been with the squad since its inception.

“I’ve been involved for three years and I’ve seen lots of guys from various backgrounds play for us,” added Rice.

“Everyone makes sure that anyone who comes down is welcome and we’ve seen people grow on and off the pitch.

“We have 30 people involved at the minute, but we hope to get it up to 200 and get women and the younger generations involved too.

The team are next in action at the Walking Football Festival in Romford on July 8, with Rice insisting his team will claim that trophy.

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