Category: First Team News

CRABBLE UNDERGOES PITCH TRANSFORMATION

The Club will proudly boast a state-of-the-art hybrid pitch in time for the 2018/19 National League season after a major refurbishment of the Crabble turf, a close season gift from Chairman Jim Parmenter and his wife Sally.

The new surface blends grass with plastic fibres, technology used at Premier League grounds.

This type of surface is more durable, less prone to flooding or freezing and due to the unique specification allows for more efficient grass growth as well as increasing playing comfort.

Kestrel Contractors, a leading UK-based pitch manufacturer, began work on the surface last month with the new pitch scheduled for completion in the coming weeks.

The Chairman said the new pitch could make all the difference in Whites’ promotion bid next season.

He said: “Admittedly players win you games but a consistent surface might give the squad a bit of an edge in home matches.

“It’s been harder to maintain the surface each year, but the relay will provide better drainage and irrigation, plus will be even more levelled out than it currently is.

“The new turf should be laid by the end of the week and it will take a couple months for the seeds to germinate and the grass to grow in time for pre-season.

“It means the first friendlies will be away from home, but supporters will get the chance to see the new surface in action before our league campaign starts.

“It will be a very tough, interesting and entertaining league next season and we will face some very difficult opponents.

“However, we will do our best to challenge at the top end of the table with one of the best pitches in the division.”

 

 

 

 

RETAINED AND RELEASED LIST ANNOUNCED

Details of those players retained and released ahead of the 2018/19 National League season are as follows:

Players already under contract:

Defenders Connor Essam, Josh Passley and Manny Adebowale, midfielder Mitch Brundle and forwards Jamie Allen and Tobi-Sho Silva.

Released:

Aziz Deen-Conteh (during the course of the season)

Players returned to their parent clubs on conclusion of their respective loan deals:

James Alabi, Kevin Lokko, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ade Azeez  and Anthony Jeffrey

Negotiations are continuing between the club and the other players in the squad from last season and further news will be announced on this website once available.

Dover Athletic would like to place on record its thanks to all players departing for their efforts and commitment during their time at Crabble and we wish them every success in the future.

GOAL OF THE SEASON WINNER

The fans have had their say and with just over 34% of the vote, Mitch Pinnock’s stunning overhead kick against Dagenham & Redbridge wins Dover Athletic’s goal of the 2017/18 campaign.

Well done Mitch!

WHITES GOAL OF THE SEASON

Goalkeeping funnyman Lee Hook has selected his 10 favourite Whites’ goals from this season and he wants you to pick your favourite!

Instructions on how to vote are at the end of the video.

The most popular goal will be announced on Monday 7th May.

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Boss Chris Kinnear has his say one last time this season after Whites’ missed out on the play-offs by goal difference.

WHITES WIN BUT MISS OUT ON PLAY-OFFS

WOKING 1-2 DOVER

(Carter 38)

(Gallifouco 26), (Marsh-Brown 90)

DOVER missed out on the top seven by goal difference despite Keanu Marsh-Brown’s injury time winner.

The substitute fired in Anthony Jeffrey’s pass to confirm Woking’s relegation to the National South, but the three points were not enough as Dover finished the season eighth in the table.

In a game the hosts needed to win to stand a chance of avoiding relegation, Chris Kinnear’s men had taken the lead through Giancarlo Gallifuoco, but Woking were level shortly before half time through Charlie Carter.

Earlier, Kevin Lokko headed a corner goalwards, with the defender’s shot was blocked and Nortei Nortey’s follow up from the edge of the area was easily dealt with by home stopper Nathan Baxter.

And only a stunning save from Mitch Walker kept the scoreline level.

The stopper flung himself across his goal to deny Carter from a yard out following some pinball in the penalty area.

Mitch Pinnock then tried to chip Baxter from range, but was off target.

19 year-old Baxter tipped away Mitch Brundle’s curling 20-yarder, but there was nothing the Cards keeper could do from the following corner.

Australian Gallifuoco took advantage of hesitant home defending to nod the ball into the bottom corner.

Carter and Reece Grego-Cox went close for Woking, both shooting off target when well placed.

But midfielder Carter did restore parity on 38 minutes.

The 21-year old fired in at the second attempt after Grego-Cox escaped out wide and fired in a ball to his teammate.

Josh Staunton almost gave the hosts a lead, forcing Walker to tip over his header.

And Dover supporter’s player of the season then denied Cook following Parry’s misjudgement and Carter was denied by the woodwork from the resulting corner.

Woking’s goalscorer rose high to meet a corner, but saw his header bounce off the underside off the bar and down onto the goalline.

Following the restart, Joey Jones blazed well over after bursting forward from the back.

Walker then tipped away Grego-Cox’s teasing cross and Staunton’s bullet header fizzed wide from a corner

Pinnock’s right-footed effort from the edge of the area sailed into the stand, whilst at the other end Carter could only slide Grego-Cox’s ball wide and Staunton blocked Pinnock’s fierce drive.

And with time running out, Kevin Lokko almost grabbed a winner.

The big defender met sub Keanu-Marsh-Brown’s cross, but the ball curled agonisingly past the angle of post and bar.

And Baxter frustrated the visitors once more, tipping away Jeffrey’s low drive in a frantic finish.

But Marsh-Brown and Dover had the final say in a game were both sides ended up being disappointed come the final whistle.

Earlier, boss Kinnear named the same line-up that started in last week’s 3-2 win against Gateshead.

Woking:  Baxter, Ramsay, Ralph, Wynter, Staunton, Jones (Theophanous), Isaac (c) Bawling 80), Ferdinand, Cook (Charles-Cook 74), Carter, Grego-Cox.

Subs not used:  Orlu, Theophanous, Mason.

Dover:  Walker, Gallifuoco, Ilesanmi, Parry (Bellamy 45), Essam, Lokko, Brundle (c), Nortey (Marsh-Brown 66), Pinnock, Bird (Azeez 45), Jeffrey.

Subs not used:  Passley, Daniel.

Attendance:  2,593

PREVIEW: WOKING V WHITES

Dover travel to Surrey on Saturday knowing only a win will do in front of the BT Sport TV cameras if they are to finish the campaign in the National League play-offs.

Athletic currently sit ninth in the standings and it’s not just victory at The Kingfield Stadium Chris Kinnear’s men need in order to end the season in the top seven – Whites also need two of the following:

A Wrexham victory over Fylde, a Torquay win against Ebbsfleet, dropped points for Bromley at Maidenhead or a Boreham Wood failure to beat Guiseley.

And Dover’s hosts need maximum points for different reasons.

The Cards occupy the final relegation berth going into the match and though they are one point behind 20th placed Barrow, Woking’s inferior goal difference means a win is their only realistic chance of survival.

WOKING’S RECENT FORM

21/04/18:  GUISELEY 1-2 WOKING

Substitute Richard Orlu scored with his first touch to hand the visiting Cards a lifeline in their battle to avoid the drop.

The defender, thrown on as an emergency striker just moments earlier, headed home just five minutes from time.

Away side Woking had taken a first half lead through Charlie Carter clever finish, only for Guiseley’s Dayle Southwell to drill in after the break for the hosts.

Carter’s later effort was narrowly off target, but Orlu struck late on to set up a tense final day finale.

PREVIOUS MEETING

24/10/17:  DOVER 3-1 WOKING

Dover moved back into top spot after beating promotion rivals Woking in an entertaining match at Crabble.

Ryan Bird’s brace and a Manny Parry header two minutes after Joe Ward had reduced the deficit saw Chris Kinnear’s side move into first place on goal difference.

Nathan Baxter was forced to tip over Mitch Brundle’s early dipping volley, but there was nothing the visiting keeper could do about Bird’s fifth minute opener.

The striker pounced at the back post to slot in his eighth of the season after Mitch Pinnock’s corner eluded all the yellow shirts in the box.

After tackling Nathan Ralph, Josh Passley surged into the penalty area and passed to Bird, but the goalscorer miskicked when well-placed.

But the forward made no mistake with his next chance on 21 minutes.

Pinnock’s long throw was inadvertently flicked on by Joey Jones into the path of Bird, who fired in his ninth of the campaign to move joint top of the National league scoring chart.

Woking went close before the break, but Jamie Philpott headed Ralph’s cross wide and then fired at Walker with a low drive.

Dover’s stopper also held onto Regan Charles-Cook’s curling shot, but his best efforts were not enough to prevent the away team from pulling a goal back on 52 minutes.

The keeper superbly denied Joe Ward following a clever pass from Effiong, but the ball ricocheted off Femi Ilesanmi and back into the striker’s path to reduce the arrears.

Pinnock unleashed a 30-yard sizzler that flew past the upright and Jordan Wynter was relieved to see his interception bounce over the bar following a dangerous run and cross by Alabi.

But Whites restored their two-goal cushion on 54 minutes as Parry rose highest at the far post to head in Pinnock’s deep corner..

OTHER MEETINGS

28/02/17:  Woking 1-0 Dover

22/11/16:  Dover 3-1 Woking

05/03/16:  Woking 0-1 Dover

TEAM COLOURS

For those travelling fans wanting to show the same colour shirt as the players, captain Mitch Brundle and his teammates will be wearing their blue ones.

TICKET NEWS

Prices are as follows:

Adults:  £18

Seniors (Over 65’s):  £13

Under 16’s / Students:  £5

COVERAGE

The game starts at 12:30pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 11:30am.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

BARROW V CHESTER

BOREHAM WOOD V GUISELEY

GATESHEAD V LEYTON ORIENT

MACCLESFIELD TOWN V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

MAIDENHEAD UNITED V BROMLEY

MAIDSTONE UNITED V FC HALIFAX TOWN

SOLIHULL MOORS V EASTLEIGH

SUTTON UNITED V ALDERSHOT TOWN

TORQUAY UNITED V EBBSFLEET UNITED

TRANMERE ROVERS V HARTLEPOOL UNITED

WREXHAM V AFC FYLDE

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WHITES ON TV

WHITES ON TV

Dover travel to the Laithwaite Stadium to face Woking this Saturday lunchtime and BT Sport have selected this crunch clash for live coverage!

Chris Kinnear’s men must win to stand a chance of reaching the play-offs and our hosts Woking need maximum points in their bid to avoid relegation to the National League South.

The match kicks-off at 12.30pm, with the game live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD.

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Supporters Player of the Year Mitch Walker and Players Player of the Year Femi Ilesanmi talk to the camera after receiving their awards.