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Match details: Dagenham & Redbridge versus Torquay United
Venue: Chigwell Construction Stadium, Dagenham
Date: Monday 2nd May 2022
Current Form (last six):
Dagenham: D, W, W, W, D, W
Torquay: W, W, W, D, L, D
Dagenham: Paul McCallum (17)
Torquay: Armani Little (14)
Dagenham fact file:
Year founded: 1992
Nickname: The Daggers
Last season’s league finish: 12th in National League
Dagenham notable honours:
Conference/Blue Square Premier/National League
Isthmian League Premier Division:
Manager: Darryl McMahon
A former Republic of Ireland youth international, Daryl McMahon made a solitary substitute appearance for the Gulls while on loan from West Ham United under Leroy Rosenior in the 2003-04 campaign. Ironically – it came against a Yeovil Town side managed by current United manager Gary Johnson.
A brief spell at Port Vale then followed before he was signed for Leyton Orient by former Gulls’ boss Martin Ling in 2005. In his first season at Brisbane Road, the 2005-06 campaign, he was part of the Orient side that won automatic promotion from League Two.
McMahon later had spells in non-league football with Stevenage, Cambridge United, Farnborough, Boreham Wood (twice) and Ebbsfleet amongst others before entering management with Ebbsfleet in 2015, following a spell as caretaker manager.
In the 2016-17 season, he led Ebbsfleet to promotion from National League South via the play-offs and then guided them to the National League play-offs in the 2017-18 campaign.
After leaving Ebbsfleet by mutual consent in November 2018, he was appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town in August 2019 – in succession to Sol Campbell. He then resigned from the Silkmen before he took charge of the Daggers in January 2020.
Player to watch: Paul McCallum
Since he joined the Gulls on loan from West Ham United in the 2013-14 season, in which he scored three times in six appearances, Paul McCallum is currently amongst the leading strikers in the National League. Loan spells at Hearts and Portsmouth followed his stint at Plainmoor before he joined Leyton Orient in 2015.
Two years later he dropped down into the National League for the first time to join Eastleigh, and he spent two seasons with the Spitfires where he scored 36 times in 73 appearances in all competitions. He then joined Solihull Moors on the eve of the 2019-20 campaign before signing for the Daggers in June 2020.
Date of Birth: 28th July 1993 – 28 years-old
Former Clubs: Dulwich, West Ham, Rochdale, Wimbledon, Aldershot, Torquay, Hearts, Portsmouth, Leyton Orient, Eastleigh, Solihull, Barnet
National League Stats 21-22: Played 33, Goals 17, Yellows/Reds 2/0
Dagenham: Paul McCallum
Last meeting: Saturday 8th January – Torquay United 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
After enjoying a fruitful return from their respective fixtures over the festive period, Torquay United and Dagenham & Redbridge played out an entertaining draw.
Early efforts from skipper Asa Hall and Danny Wright gave the Gulls a two-goal cushion, but the Daggers fought back through goals from leading scorer Josh Walker and captain Angelo Balanta to earn a share of the spoils.
Torquay (4-2-3-1): MacDonald; Wynter, Lewis, Moxey, Martin; Hall (Holman 76), Perritt; O’Connell, Lemonheigh-Evans, Wearne (Lolos 83); D Wright
Dagenham (3-4-1-2): Justham; W Wright, Reynolds, Zouma; Ling (Vilhete 89), Jones. Sagaf, Weston; Balanta; Walker (McCallum 64), Morias
Will Wright – Callum Reynolds – Yoan Zouma
Will Wright – Emmanuel Onarisse – Dean Rance – Matt Robinson – Brandon Comley
Paul McCallum – Junior Morias
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Ali Omar
Stephen Duke-McKenna – Armani Little – Chiori Johnson – Tom Lapslie – Dan Martin
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Danny Wright