Daggers boss Taylor hopes for long run in Trophy ahead of Ebbsfleet clash
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 13 December 2018
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
Daggers have been knocked out in the first round in each of the last two seasons
Dagenham & Redbridge begin their FA Trophy campaign with a trip to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday and boss Peter Taylor wants a long run in the competition this season.
Since returning to non-league football in 2016, Daggers have been unable to progress past the first round of the Trophy.
Two years ago saw the Essex club shocked by Worthing, while they exited the competition last season after a defeat at Hereford.
Away to in-form Vanarama National League rivals Ebbsfleet on Saturday, the Victoria Road outfit look set to be in for a difficult afternoon.
But manager Taylor hopes the match at the Kuflink Stadium marks the start of a successful run in the Trophy for Daggers.
“I want as many competitive games as possible, so if that means a run in the Trophy then lovely,” said the one-time England caretaker manager.
“We’ll be taking our strongest team possible and we know it will be a very hard game.
“We haven’t been lucky with the cup draws this season with Boreham Wood away in the FA Cup and now Ebbsfleet away in the FA Trophy, but it’s a big game for us.”
Fleet are managed by former Daggers boss Garry Hill, who took over from Daryl McMahon last month.
Prior to taking the job at the Kent club, Hill was regularly spotted at Victoria Road this term and is likely to have plenty of first-hand knowledge of what to expect this weekend.
Taylor, though, is unconcerned by Hill’s Daggers intelligence and is instead looking forward to facing a familiar foe.
“We know each other really well and we’ve been on an easyJet flight to Portugal many times,” added the 65-year-old.
Daggers will be without skipper Ben Nunn for Saturday’s game following his dismissal against Halifax Town in the league last weekend.
Even without their captain, the Essex club will hope to pocket the £6,000 on offer in prize money for winners of ties in the first round.
*Dagenham & Redbridge forward Noel Leighton has joined National League South side Woking on a one-month loan deal.