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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Fylde and Ebbsfleet are the National League picks

Off-field issues hurting Dagenham

Danny Rowe of AFC Fylde scored an FA Cup penalty against Wigan
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AFC Fylde's National League playoff hopes were dented when they conceded two late goals to draw 3-3 at home to Hartlepool last Saturday but a top-seven finish remains a possibility for the Coasters. 

They can bounce back with an away victory at cash-strapped Dagenham & Redbridge.

Neither club had a league match in midweek and the Daggers took advantage of the clear schedule by playing at home to West Ham in a lucrative friendly.

The Hammers ran out 3-1 winners with two goals from Michail Antonio and one from Jordan Hugill but it was a more significant night for the Daggers, who raised £40,000 and improved their chances of staying afloat beyond the end of the season.

Off-field matters have become the priority for the Daggers, who have lost seven of their last nine games, ending any hopes of challenging for promotion.

Several key players have left but long-term manager John Still remains at the helm, determined to steer the club through troubled times.

It is hard to imagine Still's men winning many games before the end of the season and their predicament is good news for Fylde, who can ill-afford many more slip-ups in the race for promotion.

Fylde have had a wobble on the road, losing two of their last three away games, but they have been progressive and look worthy favourites to win at Victoria Road.

Ebbsfleet are another team battling to get into the playoffs and look tasty odds-against favourites to topple mid-table Maidenhead, who have little to play for.

Ninth-placed Fleet have collected 13 points from their last five matches, while Maidenhead have mustered one point from their last four.

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