Midfield duo miss out for Braintree Town

CAPTAIN Kenny Davis and veteran Brad Quinton will both sit out Braintree Town’s home friendly with Dagenham & Redbridge tonight (7.30pm).

England C international Davis has an ankle problem while Quinton has a knee injury and manager Alan Devonshire is hoping the duo will be both fit to start the Iron’s Blue Square Bet Premier campaign at home to Hyde on August 11.

Devonshire is likely to give run-outs to his quintet of new signings, Josh Dawkin, Sam Habergham, Callum McNish, Kane Shepherd and Dan Sparkes, while one or two trialists could also feature.

“Kenny (Davis) and Brad (Quinton) are both injured at the moment so that is not ideal, but apart from that, I have a fully-fit squad to choose from,” said Devonshire.

“It will be a good test and will be another opportunity for my players to get a run-out.

“I won’t know where the players are at in terms of fitness levels and performance until the opening day but they have looked after themselves during the close season.”

Devonshire admitted he is eyeing two or three more players to bolster his squad for the Iron’s second crack at Conference Premier level and hopes any fresh face can have a similar impact to Town’s other new arrivals.

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“The lads I have brought in, I knew what they could bring to the team and it is all about them settling in now,” said Devonshire.

“They have showed me a lot of promise and I am looking to add two or three more players before the start of the season.”

The Daggers endured a difficult season last time out, having suffered relegation from League One the previous campaign.

John Still’s men finished 19th, avoiding the drop by six points.

So far, they have signed former young Arsenal full-back Gavin Hoyte - the 22-year-old being the younger brother of Middlesbrough star Justin.

The Daggers being their League Two campaign with an away clash at Cheltenham Town on August 18.