Daggers hope old boys do not haunt them on first returns to Victoria Road

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 September 2018

Michael Cheek scored for Dagenham & Redbridge at Hemel Hempstead Town in pre-season before joining Ebbsfleet United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Michael Cheek scored for Dagenham & Redbridge at Hemel Hempstead Town in pre-season before joining Ebbsfleet United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex club sold both forwards to Fleet earlier in 2018

Corey Whitely left Dagenham & Redbridge to join Ebbsfleet United in February 2018 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Corey Whitely left Dagenham & Redbridge to join Ebbsfleet United in February 2018 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge will come up against some familiar faces when Ebbsfleet United visit in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.

Former Daggers forwards Corey Whitely and Michael Cheek both currently play for the Fleet and are set to return to Victoria Road this weekend.

Whitely arrived at the Essex club from Bostik Premier outfit Enfield Town in the summer of 2016 and went on to score 23 goals in 64 league appearances, before departing in February 2018.

Cheek, meanwhile, moved to Daggers from Braintree Town in the summer of 2017 and netted 13 times in 34 league games, before joining the Fleet two days before the start of the new campaign.

Both Cheek and Whitely are set to play Daggers for the first time since leaving the Victoria Road outfit, and assistant manager Terry Harris says the hosts know all too well the quality the pair possess.

“With Corey and Michael, they’re both coming back to their old stamping ground and they are two very good players in my eyes,” Harris told the club website.

“In their last few matches, (Ebbsfleet boss) Darryl (McMahon) has put the two of them up front together.

“We know what they bring and hopefully we’ll cut out the silly mistakes and negate their strengths.”

While both Whitely and Cheek were relatively prolific during their time at Victoria Road, Daggers have struggled to find a scorer of that calibre this term.

Elliott Romain is the Essex club’s top scorer this term with four goals, but has scored just once in six matches in September.

Peter Taylor’s men are also without a goal in their last two games, having lost 2-0 at Solihull Moors on Tuesday night after going down 1-0 at Eastleigh last Saturday.

Harris admits their recent struggles in front of goal are a worry, but knows the only way for Daggers to improve is to keep working hard.

“Our approach play has been good and I’m not saying the forward aren’t trying their hardest because they are, but we’re finding goals hard to come by at the moment,” he added.

“We just have to keep working at it. We know what we want as far as players are concerned, but that’s tough to get at the moment. We’ll continue to keep trying to play the way that we do.”

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