We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of The Daggers' visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge
Vanarama National League
Saturday 9th September 2017, 3pm
Dagenham & Redbridge fell at the play-off semi-final hurdle last term after finishing fourth in the National League and their start to 2017/18 suggests they’re keen to put that memory firmly behind them.
John Still has vast experience of success at this level and he knows what it takes to get sides promoted – he’s actually won the National League title with three different clubs over the years.
The Daggers moved top of the pile on the back of their 3-1 triumph over Gateshead last Saturday and remain unbeaten having won four and drawn four so far.
Still’s men are the top scorers in the division so far with 19 goals but he’s been critical of a defence which has kept just one clean sheet and leaked 11 goals in their eight games to date.
One To Watch
The form of Morgan Ferrier has helped cushion the blow felt by Dagenham when last term’s top scorer Oliver Hawkins was snapped up by Portsmouth on Deadline Day.
Ferrier was brought in during the summer after firing 11 goals for Boreham Wood last term and the pacy front man has hit form for his new club in recent weeks.
The former Arsenal trainee has hit the net four times in five games to help take The Daggers to the top of the table so Pools will know they need to keep the 22-year-old quiet this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the tenth competitive encounter between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won five times in comparison to The Daggers’ three.
Pools did the double over this weekend’s visitors last time we shared a division in 2015/16, winning 3-1 at The Vic after earning a 1-0 triumph at Victoria Road earlier in the campaign.
The Daggers have had success at The Vic in the past though; they won here in August 2014 and January 2011 and will hope to add to that this weekend.
As has been the case in all of our games so far this season we welcome a new referee to The Vic on Saturday as Thomas Bramall takes charge of a Pools game for the very first time.
Bramall is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees though his only previous appointment in the current campaign was Halifax’s 2-0 win over Guiseley at The Shay a fortnight ago.
Last term he had the distinction of brandishing red cards in four successive fixtures during November so Pools and Dagenham will be hoping there’ll be no need for any of that this weekend.
Pools legend Brian Honour is back behind the mic this weekend when he joins Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of the game.
The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men welcome Dagenham & Redbridge.
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.
Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.
There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.