Article by Mark Bravery
Sutton United resume their National League campaign this Saturday (20 January) with an enticing home match against Dagenham & Redbridge, a Greater London derby which will be broadcast live by BT Sport (kick-off 12.30pm).
This game pits third-placed Sutton against the eighth-placed Daggers, with the gap between the two clubs just four points. The visitors, relegated back to this level in 2016 after nine seasons in the Football League, and managed for a third spell by the veteran John Still, finished fourth last season then lost in the play-off semi-finals to Forest Green Rovers.
Last season Sutton won this fixture 1-0 thanks to a goal from Bradley Hudson-Odoi. When the sides met earlier this season in Dagenham, Sutton came from behind to win 2-1, Craig Dundas equalising with his hundredth Sutton goal and Kenny Davis heading a stoppage time winner.
The Daggers come into this encounter having only won one of their last six league matches, while Sutton have won two of their last six. The Daggers will be looking for goals from striker Michael Cheek and midfielder Dan Sparkes, who between them have netted five times in their last two matches. Sutton's Tommy Wright has scored six goals in his last three games, although four of those were against lower league opposition.
United manager Paul Doswell is in confident mood, telling the Sutton Guardian: “we are a very good team and, as we have shown, we are more than a match for anyone in this division”. He will hope to have the experienced Nicky Bailey and captain Jamie Collins fit again for this game, with both having missed last Saturday's 3-0 FA Trophy victory over Hendon. Louis John, another absentee from that game, remains doubtful because of a recurrent hamstring strain.