Category: Academy News


Coach Mike Sandmann’s Academy side remained unbeaten in the National Youth Alliance League after beating Hastings 4-2 at Crabble on Wednesday.

A double from Josh Spencer and one each from Ryan Kingsford and Matty Robinson secured the win, a second consecutive league win for the young Whites.

Man-of-the-match Spencer scored from close range to give his side a 1-0 lead at half-time before the visitors leveled just after the restart.

Robinson restored Dover’s lead before Spencer added a third and Kingsford made it four.

Hastings reduced the deficit from the penalty spot but it was too little, too late to prevent Sandmann’s side from registering another win.

Dover: Harry Earls, Jack smith, Josh Spencer, Tom Bond, Jordan Bartlett, Lyndon Dixon, Shusanta Rai, Marshall Wratten, Matty Robinson, Jack Cussen, Ryan Kingsford.

Subs: Lewis Mitchell, Jake Creed, Kyron Connolly, Jamie Chamberlin, Felix Medquita, Harrison Avery.

Report by Josh Spencer





Coach Mike Sandmann’s Academy registered their first National Youth Alliance League win of the season after beating Maidstone 3-2 in the Kent derby at Crabble on Wednesday.

Jack Cussen, Ryan Kingsford and Jack Smith scored the goals to secure the win against the defending champions.

Dover opened the scoring after Kingsford slotted home Jordan Bartlett’s free-kick.

They doubled the lead through Cussen following some impressive build-up play between Shusanta Rai, Smith and Marshall Wratten.

Man-of-the-match Smith added the third after half-time before the visitors struck twice to reduce the deficit.

But Sandmann’s side held on to earn three points and remain unbeaten this season after drawing against Bromley in the first game.

Report by Shusanta Rai


Dover Athletic’s Academy side will start their FA Youth Cup campaign with a home tie against Cray Wanderers next Wednesday (October 4th) at 7.30pm.

Come and support the young Whites in the Second Qualifying Round at the reduced admission price of £3 while under 11’s are free.



Matty Robinson scored twice as Dover Academy started their National Youth Alliance League campaign with a draw against visiting Bromley in Faversham on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Sandmann’s Academy opened the scoring after Robinson (pictured) slotted home Jordan Bartlett’s pass after Ryan Kingsford had won the ball for his team.

Dover held their lead until after half-time when Bromley struck twice.

Sandmann’s side continued to create opportunity after opportunity but couldn’t make that pressure pay until man-of-the-match Robinson got on the end of Marshall Wratten’s defence-splitting pass to equalise.

Match report by Lynden Dixon 


Coach Mike Sandmann’s Dover Academy swept all before them as they won the KOMM MIT international football tournament, the Copa Cataluna, on Thursday evening.

Sandmann’s youngsters did it in style too, going through the tournament undefeated after winning four of their five games and drawing the other 0-0.

They also did it without conceding a goal.

The Academy lifted the trophy after beating the Spanish defending champions 3-0 in the final with Jack Smith, Jack Cussen and Joshua Spence scoring the goals.

To cap off a memorable week, Ben Cardwell was named Player of the Tournament.

Cardwell finished Dover’s leading scorer with four goals to his name.

Not surprisingly, Sandmann was thrilled the the performance of his young squad.

He said: “They adapted to the new conditions they were playing in and it was a real credit to them for the way they performed.

“To go through a tournament, let alone a game, without conceding a goal is a fantastic effort.

“This result bodes extremely well for our future too as most of the players are in their first year with us.”

Well done to each and everyone of you!!




Jordan Bartlett and Marshall Wratten scored the goals as Dover Academy came from behind to earn a share of the points with Conference Youth Alliance League leaders Maidstone United Ambers.

Maidstone opened the scoring early in the first half before Bartlett (pictured above) headed home the equaliser following good work by Tom Bond and Wratten.

Mike Sandmann’s Academy took the lead in the second half after Wratten pounced on a back pass from former Dover player Tom Carlton before finishing past the Maidstone goalkeeper.

Maidstone got back on level terms with 15 minutes to go before Bartlett went close to scoring a winner, seeing his lob beat the goalkeeper only to hit the bar.

If you are interested in attending a trial for the Academy, please email or call Mike Sandmann: or call  01795 532633



Matthew Robinson’s goal proved the difference at Mike Sandmann’s Academy beat their Ebbsfleet counterparts 1-0 in the Conference Youth Alliance League.

Sandmann’s young side had not played for three weeks, so it was a great win against their Kent rivals.

The game started slowly and although Ebbsfleet had more of the ball they failed to carve out any real chances to worry captain Stan Waller in the Dover goal.

Dover made the breakthrough in the 29th minute after Chris Barnard was fouled about 30 yards from goal.

Robinson took the kick, it struck the wall and sailed over the Ebbsfleet keeper to give Dover the lead.

Sandmann gave the players a dressing down about the lack of intensity at half-time and Dover looked a completely different side in the second half.

The central defence paring of Joshua Spencer and Kyron Connolly stopped any form of attack from Ebbsfleet.

Although Dover started a lot brighter in the second half, they were rather lack-lustre in front of goal and couldn’t find that final pass.

Sandmann said: “We lacked intensity, but a good result and couldn’t fault the work rate.”

MOM: Kyron Connolly

Report by Lewis Mitchell


MATTHEW Robinson scored a hat-trick as Dover Academy bounced back from their first home defeat of the season with an impressive win at Lewes.

Coach Mike Sandman’s side put the disappointment of the 2-1 loss against Hastings behind them in style in East Sussex.

Dover led 5-0 at one stage thanks to first half doubles from Ben Cardwell and Robinson as well as an own goal.

Robinson (pictured above) completed his treble in the second half before substitute Jack Cussen added the seventh to complete the rout.

Earlier, Dover opened the scoring in the 15th minute after Cardwell slotted home Jordan Bartlett’s corner.

Robinson added a second five minutes later with a clinical finish following Connor Miller’s fine run and cross.

Cardwell turned provider to set up Robinson for the third before Robinson’s corner was deflected into his own net by a home defender.

Dover’s fifth came from Cardwell, who picked the ball up on the halfway line and completed a magnificent run with a clinical finish.

Lewes pulled one back just before half-time and another from the penalty sport after the restart, but there was to be no more joy for the hosts.

Robinson completed his hat-trick with a stunning half-volley before Cussen scored the seventh.


CONNOR Miller’s goal was not enough to prevent Dover Academy from suffering their first home defeat of the season after losing 2-1 against Hastings on Wednesday.

Dover made a promising start to the game with Kyran Connolly having his diving header ruled offside.

But coach Mike Sandmann’s young side did finally break the deadlock through Miller in the 25th minute.

A great run into the box and cross from Ben Cardwell ended with Miller (pictured above) firing home.

Dover were in control now and were creating plenty of chances but couldn’t make them count, so they had to settle for a slender lead at half-time.

It was Hastings who started the stronger side after the break and they equalised from close range 10 minutes into the half.

Once again Dover created plenty of chances and again failed to put them away.

The best chance of the second half saw Cardwell fail to put away a cross from man-of-the match Matty Robinson.

Dover continued to pile on the pressure and Connolly had another goal disallowed in the 65th minute after Josh Spencer was ruled to have fouled the goalkeeper.

The young Whites kept working hard and tried to counter through Jordan Bartlett, which was cut out by the Hastings defence.

But those missed chances came back to hurt Dover when Hastings netted the winner after a ball across the Academy’s box was slotted home.

Match report by James Belcher and Rohullah Habibi.

DAFA 4 – 2 Eastbourne

Dover Academy enjoyed yet another comfortable win over the same opponents as last week, Eastbourne Borough. Dover ran out 4-2 winners on what was a bitter cold day.

Dover started on the front foot, scoring after just 2 minutes, when Matthew Robinson delivered a sublime cross which found the head of Chris Barnard. 3 minutes later and Barnard had double the score line for Dover and his own personal tally for the game when he nodded in his second from a delightful cross assisted by Connor miller.

Domination continued throughout the first half from Dover, however on the 35th minute of the game against the run of play Eastbourne pulled a goal back following a long ball to the corner of the box which was bought down well by the Eastbourne player who beat Stan Waller at his near post from the edge of the box.

Moments before the whistle was blown for half time, Connor Miller restored Dover’s two goal lead with an elegant volley which found the bottom corner, after Robinson deliver a pin point free kick. Dover ended the half leading 3-1 after a sumptuous first half performance.

The second half began and yet more pressure was piled onto the Eastbourne defence which was struggling to cope with the Dover attacks. Finally on the hour mark Ben Cardwell put the game to bed when he grabbed his first of the game following a corner whipped in by Robinson, flicked on at the near post by Marshall Wratten and fell kindly for Cardwell who never looked like missing from 3 yards out.

Again Dover’s defence was breached in the 62nd minute after a long range shot flew into the top corner, Waller was nowhere to be seen.

Following the slight scare of Eastbourne potentially getting themselves back into the game, Dover saw off the last 15 minutes comfortably creating more chances to extend there lead. The game finished 4-2 in what was a great afternoon for Dover Academy who jump up to second place in the league.

Man of the match: Christopher Barnard
Goal scorers: Christopher Barnard x2
Connor Miller
Ben Cardwell
Match report by: Tom Bond