Bromley vs Dagenham & Redbridge: National League Preview, Gameweek 29, 2023
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Following two frost-induced postponements, Dagenham & Redbridge look set to finally return to action as they travel across London seeking to regain seventh position against the very side that unavoidably usurped them for it at the weekend, Bromley.

That the Daggers have won their last three away games without conceding is a positive omen for them, likewise the fact that four of the previous five meetings between the sides have brought triumph. In late August, it was 4-1 in their favour at Victoria Road.

Despite this, Bromley will pose a tougher challenge this time having only lost to Wrexham in their last eight league encounters, the latest of which saw them earn a 2-2 draw against Aldershot Town as Michael Cheek struck two equalisers.

  • Team News

Bromley

There has been substantial change throughout Bromley's camp these past few weeks, with three loanees leaving Hayes Lane to return to their parent clubs: Reece Hannam, Charles Clayden and Ethan Coleman, the latter of whom the club tried to keep however were financially overpowered by Gillingham.

In have been Besart Topalloj, a loanee since turned permanent after spending brief time at Dagenham earlier this season, and a man whose surname carries enormous prestige pertaining to his iconic father - Mitchel Bergkamp.

Though a thin squad, the personnel within are all fit. Bromley are likely to retain their 4-4-1-1 system without making sizeable if any alterations, Jude Arthurs could displace Billy Bingham in midfield while Omar Sowunmi may come in at centre half but the remainder of the side seems cemented.

Dagenham & Redbridge

From an exponentially escalating injury crisis not long ago, a recuperated Dagenham now only have Nikola Tavares out of training due to an A.C.L. that will sideline him until next season. Ángelo Balanta and Mauro Vilhete are building up fitness though this clash will likely come too soon for them.

Elliott Johnson begins a three game suspension incurred through a red card against Maidenhead United last Saturday, when Sam Ling also made his first appearance since sustaining injury at Halifax Town. Paul McCallum, stretchered off that same afternoon, has been back for a few weeks now, likewise Harry Phipps after he served a ban.

The centre half trio is therefore likely to be Phipps alongside David Longe-King and Josh Hare. Myles Weston and Josh Walker will almost certainly be restored to the lineup after being given a rest against Maidenhead. The main question is whether Omar Mussa retains his place in the engine room, if so likely at the expense of Mo Sagaf as is often the case.

Junior Morias heads home in the reverse meeting, in which Dagenham secured their third consecutive victory over Bromley. (Image: Kieran Galvin | ActionFotoSport)

  • Likely lineups

Bromley | Reice Charles Cook; Besart Topalloj, Callum Reynolds, Byron Webster, Kellan Fisher; Corey Whitely, Billy Bingham, James Vennings, Harry Forster; Louis Dennis; Michael Cheek

Dagenham & Redbridge | Elliot Justham; Joel Taylor, Harry Phipps, Manny Onariase, Josh Hare, Myles Weston; Dean Rance, Omar Mussa, Matt Robinson; Paul McCallum, Josh Walker

  • Key Players

Michael Cheek (Bromley)

Potentially the purest natural goalscorer to ever grace the National League, Michael Cheek has been terrorising its defences for eight seasons now and incredibly managed double figures in every single one prior to this, the best being 23 during the behind-closed-doors 2020/21 campaign which was followed by a slightly reduced yet still exceptional tally of 17 last term. Seven so far is a slight under-performance from his usual standards, but a drought-breaking brace at the weekend indicates he is returning to his best ahead of the visit of his former club Dagenham. Cheek spent just a solitary campaign with them, scoring thirteen times before moving to an Ebbsfleet United outfit ironically managed by Daryl McMahon, then the Ravens.

Josh Walker (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Nobody in the National League has been more prolific than Josh Walker since the turn of the year, the recently-turned 25 year-old scoring all four of his side's goals in that time - a late winner at Maidstone United, deficit-halver at home to Woking then most recently both in a 2-0 success against Aldershot in their last league game a fortnight ago. At his confident best, the ex-Barnet man has reached unplayable standards by striking a deadly balance between clinical finishing and skilful solo runs in behind, all underpinned by excellent movement which makes him incredibly difficult to contain.

  • Match Details

Where is the game being played?

Hayes Lane is the venue. While maintaining a traditional look in parts, it has undergone significant development in recent years with the instalment of an artificial 3G surface followed by a new all-seater stand.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is 7.45pm, like the other nine games taking place in the division on the same night. 

How can I watch?

This fixture is being streamed on the National League's exclusive TV platform where a match pass costs £9.50. Alternatively, there will be live commentary on Dagenham & Redbridge's dedicated Mixlr channel, while both clubs will provide updates on their Twitter account and later upload highlights to YouTube.

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