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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still is set to name an unchanged side for the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Morecambe.

The Daggers clinched their place in the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Darlington last weekend and Still will have the same XI at his disposal.

Striker Paul Benson will continue to wear a protective mask to guard his broken nose while Josh Scott will partner him in attack.

Midfielder Peter Gain sits on 14 bookings knowing one more will trigger a three-game suspension while defender Will Antwi is back in training after four months out with an ankle injury and could be on the bench.

Midfielder Stuart Thurgood is still struggling with a knee injury and will miss out.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy will be without midfielder Craig Stanley.

Stanley picked up a hamstring injury in last Saturday's 1-0 home win over Aldershot, a result which secured fourth spot for the Shrimps.

A scan on Monday revealed the injury is not as serious as originally feared but he is still set to miss both legs against the Daggers.

Will Haining is likely to cover for Stanley in midfield but on-loan Huddersfield striker Phil Jevons is still absent with a calf injury.

Midfielder Garry Hunter, who scored the winner against Aldershot last weekend, is confident his side can progress to the final, saying: "Can we make it to Wembley? Of course we can."

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Josh Scott
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Dagenham & Redbridge
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Will Antwi
Will Haining
League Two
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Sammy McIlroy
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