Our record against Dagenham and Redbridge has improved dramatically of late as we’ve won our last two away games against them, but now we need to address matters closer to home, as we’ve never beaten The Daggers at The Racecourse.
Their first visit to North Wales, in March 2008, ended in a goalless draw, and was seen as a missed opportunity for Brian Little’s side, who were desperate for a win to ward off the relegation to the National League which we’d suffer at the end of the season.
Since then they’ve come to The Racecourse twice, both times in the league, and emerged with a win on each occasion. In April 2017 they won 1-0, and a year later they beat us 2-1. Paul Rutherford gave us a half time lead, but The Daggers equalised five minutes after the break, and a David Raven own goal handed them victory.
There’s a strange proliferation of own goals by centre backs in this fixture! Rutherford’s goal was the first a Wrexham player had scored against Dagenham, in our sixth encounter, as the only other time we’d hit the net against them was an own goal.
Raven’s own goal certainly wasn’t the first time a Wrexham centre back had scored for Dagenham, and wouldn’t be the last: the first ever goal in this fixture saw Steve Evans score a spectacular effort past Anthony Williams; and this season Brad Walker scored Dagenham’s goal in our 2-1 win at Victoria Road.
Akil Wright makes his hundredth career appearance today, and if selected Chris Holroyd will make his 50th appearance in the league for Wrexham.