Jake Leberl’s reaction to Whites Kent Reliance Senior Cup shootout win over Sittingbourne at Crabble on Tuesday.
Sittingbourne FC visit Crabble tonight as Dover start their defence of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup.
Whites lifted the trophy in May, beating Welling United 2-0 in the final in Maidstone.
Boss Chris Kinnear is expected to name a much changed side for the Round Two clash, with those that started Saturday’s home National League win over Chester likely to be rested.
Opponents Sittingbourne beat Faversham 2-1 in the last round, thanks to a stoppage-time winner from sub Keanu Williams.
Sam Berwick had headed the home side in front before the break, with Jono Richardson levelling for the Brickies shortly after the hour mark.
Sittingbourne are currently fifth in the Bostik South standings.
The kicks-off at 7.45pm and the club have reduced the admission price for the game down to just £5 for adults, while under-11s get in for free.
Watch the best of the action from Saturday’s home win.
Mitch Pinnock talks to the camera after netting his first league goal for Whites in Saturday’s 4-0 home win over Chester FC.
Chris Kinnear has his say after Dover’s 4-0 home win over Chester FC on Saturday.
Whites won their second game at Crabble this season with a convincing 4-0 victory over struggling Chester.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco headed in a first-half opener with further goals from Mitch Pinnock, Nortei Nortey and Mitch Brundle after the break.
Pinnock registered the shot of the match, but the winger’s angled volley flew over the bar.
Kingsley James fired an early warning at Walker and Andy Halls could only find the side-netting after opting to shoot rather than cross as the visitors grew in confidence.
But the home side opened the scoring on 21 minutes thanks to Giancarlo Gallifuoco. The Australian rose above a static Chester defence to head in Mitch Brundle’s accurate corner.
A Chester reply was almost instant, but Walker easily caught Ross Hannah’s strike from inside the penalty box.
With half-time on the horizon, Walker dived onto Hannah’s low drive and the same striker curled a free-kick over following a clumsy challenge on him by Connor Essam, resulting in a booking for the Dover defender.
Harry White diverted Hannah’s cross wide and Lucas Dawson smashed over following good work from James as the visitors searched for a leveller.
But Dover’s defence was not to be breached and they pulled further ahead on 62 minutes when Pinnock collected Brundle’s pass and fired into the bottom corner from twenty-yards, leaving away stopper Alex Lynch no chance of saving his shot.
It was the midfielder’s first league goal for Whites and seven minutes later another Dover player had the same accolade.
Sub Tobi-Sho Silva got the better of Ryan Astles on the left and his low centre found Nortei Nortey free in the area to sweep home his first goal in a Whites shirt.
Kadell Daniel struck the angle of post and bar with a fierce effort, before Brundle made the points safe on 82 minutes.
Sho-Silva’s run and shot was parried by Alex Lynch into the path of Dover’s captain, who slipped the ball underneath the away keeper.
It was almost five in stoppage time, but Lynch denied both Pinnock and Brundle following a lightning counter attack from a Chester corner.
Earlier, Chris Kinnear made one change to the side that started the midweek defeat to Boreham Wood as Kadell Daniel came in for Jamie Allen, who dropped to the bench.
The result moves Whites up to 2nd in the table on goal difference, level on points with new leaders Aldershot Town.
Athletic next play Sittingbourne FC on Tuesday night at Crabble in the second round of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy. Kick off 7:45pm.
Dover: Walker, Gallifuoco, Essam, Parry, Passley, Brundle(c), Nortey, Ilesanmi (Deen-Conteh 85), Daniel (Richards 80), Bird (Sho-Silva 58), Pinnock.
Subs not used: Lewington, Allen
Chester: Lynch, Halls, Astles, McCombe(c), Mahon (Akintunde 63), Joyce (Waters 71), James, Dawson, Rowe-Turner, White (Bell 61), Hannah.
Subs not used: Mitchell, Sharon
Yellows: Essam, Daniel (Dover), Joyce, McCombe, Halls (Chester)
Referee: Daniel Middleton
Dover will be aiming to bounce back from defeat in midweek when managerless Chester visit Crabble on Saturday.
A solitary goal just before the break handed Boreham Wood the points on Tuesday evening, leaving boss Chris Kinnear’s men with just one home win so far this campaign.
Chester have an identical record on the road this season and last tasted victory five games ago, winning 2-1 at Aldershot.
Player/caretaker boss Tom Shaw looks set to take the reins for a third match running, following the dismissal of previous manager Jon McCarthy just over a fortnight ago.
The Seals have drawn one and lost one of the midfielder’s two games in charge.
CHESTER FC’S RECENT FORM
GATESHEAD 3 – 2 CHESTER FC
A stoppage-time winner saw The Heed earn a thrilling home victory over Chester.
The visitors thought they had levelled two minutes into injury time after Matty Waters found the net with a long range strike, but visiting keeper Conor Mitchell failed to stop the ball finding the net following confusion from a corner.
The home side had gone ahead when Luke Hannant’s teasing cross was diverted into his own net by Andy Halls.
Richard Peniket tapped in Danny Johnson’s low centre to double the advantage, before Ross Hannah reduced the deficit.
The loss leaves Chester 21st in the table on eight points.
28/01/17: WHITES 3-1 CHESTER FC
Ricky Miller scored twice as Dover ended a two-game losing run and moved back into the play-off places after a convincing win at Crabble.
Miller was sent tumbling by Matty Waters and the National League’s leading scorer got up and sent Roberts the wrong way to bag his 26th league goal of the season.
But the lead lasted only three minutes courtesy of a sublime curling shot by Alabi.
Four minutes into the second half, Dover hit the lead again – thanks to Miller’s determination.
The striker brushed aside Blaine Hudson and beat the challenge of Theo Vassell to fire past Roberts.
Jack Parkinson fizzed a 20-yarder just wide before Healy added a third in 58th minute.
The former Maidstone midfielder, who was making his first National League start for Dover, hit a half-volley that flew past Roberts.
At the other end, Arnold saved Hudson’s close range header before Vassell shot wide.
But there was to be no comeback as Dover avenged their 5-0 defeat at Chester earlier this season.
OTHER LEAGUE MEETINGS
01/10/16: Chester 5-0 Dover
24/11/15: Chester 1-1 Dover
15/08/15: Dover 0-0 Chester
Prices are as follows:
Adults – £17
Seniors (Over 60’s) – £14
Under 18’s – £8
Under 11’s – Free (With an accompanying adult)
Please note the match will be segregated.
COYW MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
Jamie Allen is the cover star for Saturday’s programme while the feature interview is with former Chester man Kane Richards.
You will also be able to read the thoughts of boss Chris Kinnear and catch up with Lee Hook’s humorous take on life at Crabble in his regular column.
All this and much more for just £2.50.
The game starts at 3pm 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 2pm.
SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick off 3pm unless stated)
LEYTON ORIENT V HARTLEPOOL UNITED (12:30pm)
BARROW V TORQUAY UNITED
BROMLEY V SOLIHULL MOORS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V FC HALIFAX TOWN
EASTLEIGH V AFC FYLDE
EBBSLEET UNITED V TRANMERE ROVERS
GATESHEAD V ALDERSHOT TOWN
MACCLESFIELD TOWN V MAIDSTONE UNITED
MAIDENHEAD UNITED V BOREHAM WOOD
WOKING V SUTTON UNITED
WREXHAM V GUISELEY
There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Guiseley on Saturday 23rd September and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.
It leaves Crabble at 7am and the cost is as follows:
Adults members £30, adult non-members £45 and accompanied child (under 16) £15.
There is also a coach travelling to Sutton at 4:30pm on Tuesday 3rd October and the prices are:
Adult members £15, adult non-members £30 and accompanied child (U16) £5.
Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the game against Chester.
Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or via bank transfer.
Mark Newson talks to the camera following Whites 1-0 home loss to Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.