THERES a fascinating battle being played out in League Two and the rest of the table are looking Daggers at whos on top. With four wins out of five the pub team, the Sunday league side, along with every other moniker theyve been labelled with Dagenham and Redbridge are riding high while all the attention is being focussed on Notts County, the oldest professional league club in the country, who in June this year were taken over by a Middle Eastern consortium committed to ploughing millions into the club. FirstonthescenewasgoodoldSvenwho, for 2m-a-year could see a real opportunity at Meadow Lane, as could former England defender Sol Campbell who, for 60,000-a- week can see County climbing into the Premier League. Back on planet Earth, Dagenham striker Paul Benson is enjoying the pantomime. The Notts County thing is bizarre, said Benson. If you saw it in a film youd say it was ridiculous. Dagenham is a world apart from all that and its odd to think we are in the same league. Im not saying theyre going about things in the wrong way but I like the way we do things here. Its very down to earth and friendly. Money can buy you a lot of things but all the money and resources in the world wont win you games. Its about hunger and determinationandwecanmorethanmatch anyone else in the league when it comes to that. The season is still in its infancy, but already it appears the club could surpass last seasons achievement, when they fin- ished eighth and were only denied a play- off berth by a final-day defeat by Shrewsbury. Itallmakesamockeryof thepub-team line, although manager John Still had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek when he delivered it. Dagenham might be a Football League newbie but there is noth- ingamateurisheitherinStill,whoiswidely acknowledged to have one of the best eyes for talent in the lower leagues, or the per- formances of his players. Benson is one of Dagenhams most star- tling success stories. Plucked from the Essex Olympian League in 2005, where he paid 5-a-game to play for local club White Ensign, Benson chalked up 21 goals last season and has already netted five times this term. Thats Notts to be sneezed at. London Lite Thursday, 3 September 2009 41 LITESPORT LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... MACCA (L&B 02/09) if Eduardo gets banned based on TV evidence then surely Bristol Citys players should all be banned for cheating against Palace last month. Celtic were already well beaten, but City cost us points. Paul Younger MACCA (L&B 02/09) Id like to think the action is aimed at the club that has coincidently recruited yet another cheat, rather than the culprit himself. Same old Arsenal... Park Lane Wayne LIVERPOOL FAN (L&B 02/09) you forgot to mention Stevie Me, when talking about players diving. Hes always at it. Real Red. Gerard Millar, SE18 MACCA (L&B 02/09) perhaps the Scottish FA could ask UEFA to let Eduardo off on compassionate grounds. Tom, EC3 RE DIVING (L&B 02/09) well said Craig Gordon, you plank! Celtic Gerry RE TRANSFERS (L&B 02/09) I would like to think that I am a Watford fan but, following the transfer deadline, I dont think we have any players left! Puzzled Hornet, EC3 To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See ARSENAL P3 W2 D0 L1 Pts6 THE GUNNERS could launch another bid to sign Saint Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi when the transfer window opens again in January. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Man City (a) 16 St Liege (CL GRP, a) 19 Wigan (h) 22 WBA (CC R3, h) 26 Fulham (a) CHELSEA P4 W4 D0 L0 Pts12 PETR CECH hailed manager Carlo Ancelotti for ensuring the Blues have lived up to their title billing so far. He said: Everyone expected us to have maximum points, which we have deservedly achieved so far. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Stoke (a) 15 Porto (CL GRP, h) 20 Tottenham (h) 22 QPR (CC R3, h) 26 Wigan (a) FULHAM P3 W1 D0 L2 Pts3 THE Carling Cup tie against Man City may have to be arranged due to the fact Manchester United have also been drawn at home. It will go ahead some time in week commencing 21 September. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 13 Everton (h) 17 CSKA Sofia (EL Grp, a) 20 Wolves (a) 22 (TBC) Man City (CC R3, a) 26 Arsenal (h) TOTTENHAM P4 W3 D0 L0 Pts9 HERTHA BERLIN have refused to distance themselves from speculation linking them with a loan move for Roman Pavlyuchenko. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Man Utd (h) 20 Chelsea (a) 22 Preston (CC R3, a) 26 Burnley (h) Oct 3 Bolton (a) WEST HAM P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4 TERRY DIXON is close to a return to full fitness after a lengthy lay-off with a knee problem. The former Spurs winger could feature for the reserves against Birmingham next week. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Wigan (a) 19 Liverpool (h) 22 Bolton (CC R3 a) 28 Man City (a) Oct 3 Fulham (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P5 W1 D2 L2 Pts5 CLAUDE DAVIS insists he is fit and ready to play in Palaces next league game, against Scunthorpe a week on Saturday, despite his lack of regular football this season. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Scunthorpe (h) 15 QPR (a) 19 Derby (h) 26 WBA (a) 29 Sheff Wed (h) QPR P5 W1 D3 L1 Pts6 ANGELO BALANTA stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury by turning out for the Rs reserve team. The forward (above) has not played since the opening day of the season. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Sept12 Peterborough(h)15CrystalPalace(h)19Cardiff (a)22Chelsea(CCR3,a)26Barnsley(h) READING P5 W1 D2 L2 Pts5 GRZEGORZ RASIAK insists promotion remains a realistic aim for the Royals. Its a target for the team and its not daft, said the striker. Its a tough league but if we work hard we can do it. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Doncaster (h) 16 Cardiff (h) 19 Peterborough (a) 26 Watford (h) 29 Preston (a) WATFORD P5 W1 D3 L1 Pts6 PLAYERS could still come in to Vicarage Road on loan and Stoke Citys Richard Cresswell is on the wanted list. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sept 12 Barnsley (h) 15 Plymouth (a) 19 Leicester (h) 26 Reading (a) 29 Coventry (h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P5 W2 D3 L0 Pts9 LEON LEGGE made his debut in the Johnstones Paint defeat to Norwich and teammate Karleigh Osborne said: He is awesome in the air and great to play with. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Charlton (a) Sept 12 Huddersfield (a) 19 Bristol R (h) 26 Yeovil (a) 29 Southend (h) CHARLTON P5 W5 D0 L0 Pts15 YASSIN MOUTAOUAKIL has been allowed to join Motherwell on a six-month loan deal. The former France Under-21 captain could make the move permanent if he impresses. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Brentford (h) Sept 12 Southampton (h) 19 Norwich (a) 26 Exeter (h) 29 Colchester (a) GILLINGHAM P5 W1 D1 L3 Pts4 MARK STIMSON admits striker Simeon Jackson could be disappointed at not landing a move to A bigger club. Hes probably feeling a bit strange because the deadlines gone and he might have thought something might have happened, NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Exeter (h) Sept 12 Millwall (h) 19 Leeds (a) 26 Norwich (h), Oct 3 Southampton (a) LEYTON ORIENT P5 W1 D2 L2 Pts5 LOICK PIRES is pushing for a starting place at Southend. The midfielder scored a penalty in the reserve teams 3-1 defeat to Brighton on Tuesday. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Tom Southend (a) Sept 12 Exeter (h) 19 Stockport (a) 26 Millwall (h) 29 Norwich (a) MILLWALL P5 W1 D4 L0 Pts7 JASON PRICE is a major doubt for Saturdays trip to Bristol Rovers after limping out of Tuesdays defeat to Barnet. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Bristol R (a) Sept 12 Gillingham (a) 19 Huddersfield (h) 26 Orient (a) 29 Yeovil (h) SOUTHEND P5 W0 D4 L1 Pts4 KEVIN BETSY is likely to be allowed to leave Roots Hall permanently once his loan spell at Wycombe expires in January. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Tom Orient (h) Sept 11 Leeds (h) 19 Brighton (a) 26 Oldham (h) 29 Brentford (a) WYCOMBE P5 W1 D1 L3 Pts4 THE clash against Huddersfield has been rescheduled for 12.05pm on Saturday, 14 November as it will now be screened live on Sky. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Sat Brighton (a) 12 Hartlepool (a)19MK Dons(h)26Swindon(a) 29Tranmere (h) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P5 W3 D1 L1 Pts10 DANIEL LEACH is a major doubt for the clash with Northampton after sitting out the win over Millwall with a dead leg. NEXT FIVE GAMES:TomNorthampton (a)12 Macclesfield(a) 19BradfordCity(h)26 Rotherham (a) 29Dag&Red(h) DAG & RED P5 W4 D0 L1 Pts12 DAGGERS have been linked with a move for Hucknall Town defender Adrian Hawes. Cardiff have also shown an interest and he played in a trial match at Motherwell last week. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Cheltenham (a) Sept 12 Chesterfield (h) 19 Burton (a) 26 Morecambe (h) 29 Barnet (a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday Its Notts who you are but where youre from On the money: Dagenhams Paul Benson, left, in action against Notts County BY GEOFF TEATHER Well meet a Sven: Eriksson and Campbell would do well to keep an eye on Dagenham index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html