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Dagenham & Redbridge confirm playoff spot

East London club has a chance to return to Football League

Dagenham & Redbridge v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League Two Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

While West Ham United has more or less established itself in the Premier League for another season, and Leyton Orient’s relegation was finally confirmed after a nightmare of a season, Dagenham & Redbridge look to rebound from a relegation of their own last season back into the Football League. We noted a few weeks back that Dagenham & Redbridge could replace Leyton Orient in the Football League, and unfortunately Orient held up their end of the “deal”, and Dagenham & Redbridge look to have a good chance to replace them. At the worst, Orient and Dag & Red might have a local derby to go to next year.

While Lincoln City won the National League and the automatic promotion spot that comes with it, the next four clubs are involved in a promotion play-offs at the end of the season. Three of the teams that will be involved were confirmed over the weekend, with West Ham’s East London neighbor Dagenham & Redbridge winning 0-1 at Wrexham to guarantee the team will place at least 4th in the table and guarantee a playoff spot. Only the final spot is still in contention, with Dover and Aldershot Town going down to the wire to be included in the playoffs.

Dag & Red, or the Daggers, will have to get past Forest Green in the first round of the playoffs, as those two are now set to play each other no matter the results in any of the other matches, while Aldershot or Dover set to play Tranmere Rovers. The Daggers won the most recent match against Forest Green in the National League, winning 2-1 at home in March. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw back in October when Forest Green was on top of the league. Forest Green has been a top Conference team for a few years now, and it is most famous because of the decision made late last year to become an all-vegan football club.