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Will Josh Scott be the latest Dagger to move up the leagues?

13 December 2009 by leewilson

Ever since John Still returned to Dagenham and Redbridge in 2004 for his second management spell, the club has become somewhat of a conveyor belt of young talented players who are eventually poached by larger teams. In 2007, Craig Mackail Smith and Shane Blackett were sold to Peterborough due to the side’s unexpected charge to the top of the Nationwide Conference.

After a tricky first season in League Two, the 2008/09 campaign saw the Daggers launch another surprising promotion bid. This time the club failed to move up to League One and paid the price with defender Danny Foster, midfielder Sam Saunders and striker Ben Strevens all switching to Brentford in a triple swoop.

The team’s prospects were hit only a couple of weeks into the new season as Solomon Taiwo was purchased by Championship side Cardiff City and highly rated left back Scott Griffiths was loaned to Peterborough with a fee to be agreed in January. Even so, Dagenham and Redbridge currently lie 4th in League Two which is a remarkable achievement considering all the recent squad upheavel. Summer signings Stuart Thurgood, Graeme Montgomery, Abu Ogogo, Will Antwi and Danny Green have all settled well. However, there is one newcomer in particular who looks to be a class above the Football League’s bottom division.

Forward Josh Scott has been an instant hit at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham stadium since his summer move from Hayes and Yeading. The 24-year-old striker was top goalscorer for the Blue Square Premier club last season with 25 goals which inevitably earned him a move to the Daggers. His physical style combined with explosive pace has ensured that League Two defenders do not get an easy ride on a Saturday afternoon.

Scott’s performances have been very impressive during the first half of the League Two season. After initially settling as Paul Benson’s first choice strike partner, Scott grabbed his first competitive goal for the club in the club’s 3-1 League Cup defeat to Cardiff City. He followed this up with a goal on his league debut in the 5-3 victory against Torquay United. Further good performances with goals against Morecambe, Darlington and Port Vale helped secure his place in the starting line up. However, a succession of small niggling injuries has seen his appearances restricted in the past month.

Nevertheless, with the Daggers drawing 1-1 at home to Bury on Saturday, Scott made his return to the first team from the substitutes bench around the 60 minutes mark. The striker showed why he has been rumoured with a move to various unnamed League One clubs with a superb all action display that played a large part in the Daggers eventual 3-1 victory. The forward’s all round contribution gives the team a completely different dimension which is sure to have been noticed from the various scouts present at Daggers matches. If John Still can emerge from the winter transfer window with his rapidly improving striker still at the club, we may just see Dagenham and Redbridge in a promotion spot this year.

Hayes and Yeading 07/08 goals of the season – Josh Scott goals C and G

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One Comment »

  • luckyliam10 said:

    Great article really enjoyed it very interesting and the only person to include a video (some great goals). In the top bunch keep up the great work!

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