Category: Club News

REASON AFTER HOME IMPROVEMENT

Midfielder Jai Reason is confident home form will turn around after Dover suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign at Crabble last weekend.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by FC Halifax Town in front of the BT Sport cameras means Whites’ have only won once at home since August, in contrast to on the road where Athletic have been victorious in six out of seven matches so far, however Reason believes results will soon start to go their way at Crabble.

Reason said after the loss, “We just can’t seem to get a winning formula at home and Saturday was a hard one to take coming off the back of two good away wins.

“It’s all good in hindsight but we do need to find something at home, so we will dust ourselves down and look at what we can do better in training and then get ready for Saturday’s game against Notts County.”

Despite a disappointing first couple of months at home, the 29-year-old feels Dover will improve results at Crabble to help with their promotion bid.

“The league is so open this year and you only have to look at the big clubs from last season – the likes of Solihull and Fylde have had a tough start and we are above them.

“We have got enough quality in the dressing room and it is still early on, so I am confident we will be there or thereabouts by the end of April.”

He also admits he should help his teammates by finding the back of the net himself!

“I need to get on the scoresheet and get that off my back” he said.

“I wasn’t getting in the right positions in the early games.  I don’t know if that was because of my fitness, but I feel fitter and stronger now and I got in better positions against Halifax to get shots off so I think the goals will come sooner rather than later.”

Dover will attempt to get their second home win of the season when they welcome Notts County to Crabble on Saturday 5th October, kick-off 3 pm

 

SEPTEMBER GOAL OF THE MONTH

We have selected our top four finishes from last month and we need you fans to pick your favourite.

Simply cast your vote on our social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or simply add A,B,C or D in the comment section below!

The winner will be revealed shortly after 5pm on Friday 4th October.

 

WHITES TO BE ON TV

Our National League match away at Yeovil Town on Saturday 16th November will now be broadcast live on BT Sport.

The game at Huish Park will be the second time Athletic have been in front of the TV cameras this season, with our home match against FC Halifax Town on 28th September having also been shown live.

The match will now kick-off at 5:20 pm.

 

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Boss Andy Hessenthaler gives his view on his his side’s 2-0 home defeat to FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

JEFFREY IS BACK AT CRABBLE

We are delighted to announce that winger Anthony Jeffrey has re-joined the club and is available for Saturday’s National League clash with FC Halifax Town at Crabble (5.20pm).

The 24-year-old Guyana international made 36 appearances in all competitions for us last season, scoring three goals, before his contract expired in the summer.

Jeffrey, who started his career at Arsenal, signed for Dover on a permanent deal in July 2018 from Sutton United after making 21 appearances during a loan spell with the club the previous season.

He has also spent time at Boreham Wood, Forest Green Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers.

Welcome back to the club Anthony!

 

WALKING CHALLENGE ENDS AT CRABBLE

Dover fans are being asked to support Kevin Webber’s magnificent walk this week.

Webber, ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, arrived at Crabble on Friday afternoon after walking from Bromley Football Club to our home ground as part of the launch of the MANarama campaign.

His three-day journey started at Bromley on Wednesday and he also visited Welling, Dartford, Ebbsfleet and Maidstone during the challenge.

The football fanatic certainly enjoys a challenge. The torrential rain and wind battering the country is nothing – Let’s not forget in 2014 he was told he was likely to have two years left to live.

More than five years later the 54-year-old is still feeling like there are no life limits.

Webber will be officially ending his quest at Dover on Saturday.

“It’s quite fitting that I ended last season’s journey watching FC Halifax at home to Chesterfield and I will be doing the same this time with them down at Dover.

“Like last year, it’s not a fund-raiser as such, but every penny is always gratefully received.

“I hope a few people see me, take a second to have a chat and if one person goes to the doctor – or whose friend or family member is then encouraged to go to the doctor – then it’s all worth it.

“This is also about getting into clubs, and putting across the message of how important a trip to the doctor is and how speed is so crucial.

“If your club averages say 800 supporters, 100 will come into close contact with the disease. As things stand, 20 of them will die.

“That is a really big number of people. If we can go some way to getting that figure down by a little bit of raising awareness then it’s a fight we’ll win.”

Well done Kevin from all of us at the club!!

 

 

 

MIKE SANDMANN’S ACADEMY ROUND UP

It’s been another busy week in the academy with a mixed set of results for our boys.
Squad One registered their first away win of the campaign, winning 3-1 away to Chippenham to maintain their unbeaten run in the National League South Division.
After taking an early lead via Feliz Mesquita’s header, the lads were pegged back to 1-1, only to go ahead once minute later with Kumiranshe Bepe scoring from Zack Jobe’s cross.  The third came through nice link-up play between Bepe and Rolando Onu, resulting in a good finish from Onu.  That was it for the scoring and the adademy remained solid, limiting Chippenham to a few chances after the break.
Squad One will now prepare for the FA Youth Cup on Monday night having been drawn to face Tonbridge Angels.
Despite competing for long spells in the game, Squad Two were beaten 3-0 at home to Maidstone United and there were some valuable lessons learnt from the boys.
Our development squad remain unbeaten after beating Harris Academy 4-0, with Sobechi Nwaokolo, Alfie Gramson, Zak Benfield and Ben Malone all on the scoresheet.
The lads are in FA Cup Youth action on Wednesday 2nd October, so please come along to Crabble and support the boys.  The match kicks off at 7 pm.
Mike.

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Tuesday night’s goalscorer Kurtis Cumberbatch spoke to the camera following our 2-1 win at Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.