Football’s back!

After nearly three months, football returns to the ProKit (UK) Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Dageham & Redbridge are the visitors for a pre-season friendly.

Dagenham are expected to send a full strength side to face the Blues as new boss Peter Taylor continues to build his squad.

The Daggers opened their pre-season campaign with a goalless draw at Heybridge Swifts before beating a West Ham United XI 2-1, last Saturday. Tuesday evening saw them host League 2 side Colchester United, and they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw.

Under John Still, who quit in the summer to join neighbours Barnet, the east London side finished 11th in Vanarama National League, five points off the play-offs with 68 points from 46 games.

In common with Blues they went out both FA competitions at the first stage, going down by a single goal against Leyton Orient in the Cup and  Hereford in the Trophy.

The teams last met two years ago, with Dagenham strolling to a 6-1 win against a Stortford side who went on to get relegated.

Blues follow up the visit of Dagenham with a pair of home games against Football League 2 sides Southend United (Tuesday July 24) and Cambridge United (Saturday July 28) with both clubs expected to bring their full first team.

Prices for all pre-season games have been reduced to £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. Accompanied under-12s are free,