Category: First Team News

PREVIEW: WOKING V WHITES

Dover will be aiming to beat Woking for the fifth consecutive National League game when we head to Surrey on Tuesday night.

Chris Kinnear’s side remained fifth on the National League ladder after beating Eastleigh 3-0 at Crabble on Saturday but the boss is not taking the impressive record against the Cards for granted – far from it.

He said: “It’s always difficult at Woking – it will be a hard game, there is no doubt about that.

“Gary Hill (Woking manager) has been in this game for a long time and he knows how to get results.

“They may not have enjoyed the best of times recently but they are a decent side with some very good players in it.

“You can rest assured that we are not taking anything for granted – we never do.”

WOKING’S RECENT FORM

The Cards are currently 20th on the National League ladder after losing 4-3 at Forest Green Rovers last Saturday.

Keanu Marsh-Brown put the hosts ahead in the 37th minute before Woking equalised through Joey Jones’ stunning long range effort.

Woking hit the lead through Gozie Ugwu before Christian Doidge replied for Forest Green.

Darren Carter had a penalty saved by Woking goalkeeper Michael Poke with 23 minutes remaining but Omar Bugiel scored twice to make it 4-2 to the hosts before Woking reduced the deficit through Terell Thomas in stoppage time.
In their past two home games, Woking drew 0-0 with Southport after beating Solihulll Moors 2-1.
RECENT MEETINGS

22/11/16: Dover Athletic 3-1 Woking

5/3/16: Woking 0-1 Dover Athletic

25/9/15: Dover Athletic 2-0 Woking

6/4/15: Dover Athletic 2-1 Woking

25/8/14: Woking 6-1 Dover Athletic

HITMEN

Whites’ leading scorer in the National League this season is Ricky Miller with 30 following his hat-trick against Eastleigh at Crabble on Saturday..

Miller missed the clash with Woking earlier this season through suspension.

Former Woking loanee Ross Lafayette, who has scored 10 goals this season, scored twice in the 3-1 win that night

Moses Emmanuel scored the other goal and now has 11 league goals to his name.

Woking’s leading man with 12 goals is Gozie Ugwu.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Eastleigh loanee Connor Essam is available again after not being able to play against his parent club last Saturday.

Midfielder Ricky Modeste is in doubt after he injured his knee in the first half against Eastleigh and was replaced by James Hurst at half-time.

Striker Tyrone Marsh (knee) is also still not available.

DOVER COLOURS

For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Woking by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their blue shirts.

COVERAGE

The game starts at 7.45pm 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!

TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Bromley v Braintree Town

Dagenham & Redbridge v Maidstone United

Eastleigh v Aldershot Town

Guiseley AFC v Barrow

Lincoln City v York City

Solihull Moors v Boreham Wood

Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers

AWAY TRAVEL

There will be a Supporters Club coach heading to Woking on Tuesday.

It leaves Crabble at 4.30pm and the cost is:

Adults Members £15, Adult Non Members £30 and accompanied child (under 16) £5.

Please call or text Andy Fisher on 0793 4300335 to book your seat.

Please note that you are now required to pay for your seat in advance in cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

PREVIEW: WHITES VS EASTLEIGH

IT HAS been a turbulent week for Saturday’s visitors to Crabble, Eastleigh.

Tuesday’s home defeat by Macclesfield Town was their third consecutive loss in the National League and manager Martin Allen was relieved of his duties on Wednesday.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear, whose side will start the game in fifth place, was not about to get distracted by Allen’s exit after just after just 14 games in charge of the Hampshire side.

He said: “What has happened down there is none of our business – it doesn’t matter who’s in the dugout for them now and it won’t change the way we prepare for the game.

“I’ve just got to make sure we play the way we want to play as I have no doubt it will be a tough match.

“Whoever plays for them will be wanting to impress a new manager, so they will be up for it, regardless of what their current form would suggest.”

Following Allen’s departure, Eastleigh have appointed former manager Richard Hill as director of football and placed him in short-term charge of the team.

Hill was in charge at Eastleigh between 2012 and 2015 and guided them to promotion into the National League before resigning.

He will be assisted by senior players Craig McAllister and Ben Strevens, plus head of youth Lee Peacock.

EASTLEIGH’S RECENT FORM

Known as The Spitfires, Eastleigh are currently 15th on the National League ladder after losing 1-0 at home against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.

They have now gone seven games without a league victory and are currently nine points above the drop zone.

It was their third consecutive defeat after losing both previous home games against Tranmere Rovers (2-0) last Saturday and Braintree Town (2-0) the previous Tuesday.

RECENT MEETING

16/08/16:  Eastleigh 2-4 Dover Athletic

HITMEN

Whites’ top scorer in the National League this season is Ricky Miller with 27 and 32 overall.

Miller scored in the win in Hamphsire earlier this season after starting the game off the bench following his one-game suspension after his red card against Boreham Wood.

Ross Lafayette, who has scored 10 goals this season, also scored in the win at the Silverlake Stadium against his former team.

Moses Emmanuel is Dover’s second leading marksman with 11 league goals to his name.

Eastleigh’s leading man with four goals is James Constable.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Loanee Connor Essam cannot play against his parent club meaning Bondz N’Gala could make his Dover debut against his former club.

Assistant boss Jake Leberl said on Thursday that only striker Tyrone Marsh (knee) was not available.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets can sbe purchased on the day and this match is NOT segregated.

COVERAGE

The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip to Crabble, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

MATCH SPONSOR

Chartered accountants McCabe Ford Williams are sponsors for the Eastleigh match.

We thank them for their support.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (3pm)

Aldershot Town v Bromley

Braintree Town v Maidstone United

Forest Green Rovers v Woking

Guiseley AFC v North Ferriby United

Solihull Moors v Wrexham

Southport v Chester FC

Torquay United v Sutton United

AWAY DAYS

There will be a Supporters Club coach heading to Woking next Tuesday.

Coach leaves Crabble at 4.30pm and the cost is:

Adults Members £15, Adult Non Members £30 and accompanied child (under 16) £5.

Please call or text Andy Fisher on 0793 4300335 to book your seat.

Please note that you are now required to pay for your seat in advance in cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

KENT CUP DATE SET

We will host Folkestone in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup semi-final at Crabble on Monday, March 6th.

Whites reached this stage of the competition after beating visiting Ryman League North side VCD Athletic 4-0 earlier this month.

James Caton, Moses Emmanuel (pictured), Connor Essam and Ira Jackson jnr scored the goals.

The club have reduced the admission price for the game down to just £5 for all, while under-11s get into Crabble for free, to allow as many fans and members of the community as possible to come along.

The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.

STEVENSON GOES OUT ON LOAN

Midfielder Jim Stevenson has joined fellow National League side Southport on loan for a month.

The 24-year-old, who joined us from Aldershot last summer, could make his debut in the league clash at Woking on Saturday.

Stevenson last featured for boss Chris Kinnear’s side in the Kent Senior Trophy win against VCD Athletic at Crabble on February 6.

His last league appearance was as a second half substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Macclesfield Town on January 10.

 

 

PREVIEW: NORTH FERRIBY UNITED V WHITES

Dover will be looking to get back in the play-off places when boss Chris Kinnear’s side heads to struggling North Ferriby United on Saturday.

Whites dropped from fifth to sixth on Wednesday night after Barrow AFC won 1-0 at Macclesfield Town.

Those three points saw Barrow replace Dover in the top five on goal difference.

North Ferriby United, who won promotion last season after beating AFC Fylde 2-1 in the play-off final, have found the going tough in their début season.

They are currently bottom and have the poorest home record in the league so far this season with 14 points from a possible 45.

The Yorkshire side have also lost their last two league games, but Kinnear is taking nothing for granted ahead of Whites first trip to Grange Lane or EON Visual Media Stadium as it is called.

He said: “They are fighting for their lives and will no doubt work really hard.

“It is sometimes harder to play a team that are down there and these are not the worst team in this league.”

NORTH FERRIBY UNITED’S RECENT FORM

Known as The Villagers, United slipped to the bottom of the National League ladder after losing 1-0 at Braintree Town last Saturday.

Seven days earlier, they lost 2-0 at home against Macclesfield Town.

RECENT MEETING

13/08/16:  Dover Athletic 2-0 North Ferriby United

HITMEN

Whites’ top scorer in the National League this season is Ricky Miller with 27 and 32 overall.

Miller missed the win against North Ferriby United at Crabble earlier this season through suspension.

The goals that day were scored by Miller’s strike partners Ross Lafayette and Moses Emmanuel.

Emmanuel now has 11 league goals to his name while Lafayette has 10.

Reece Thompson is North Ferriby United’s leading man with six goals.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Assistant boss Jake Leberl said on Thursday that only striker Tyrone Marsh (knee) was not available.

DOVER COLOURS

For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at North Ferriby United by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their blue shirts.

 COVERAGE

The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip to Yorkshire, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (3pm)

Barrow  v Torquay United

Boreham Wood  v York City

Bromley  v Solihull Moors

Dagenham & Redbridge  v Guiseley AFC

Eastleigh  v Tranmere Rovers

Gateshead  v Forest Green Rovers

Macclesfield Town  v Braintree Town

Maidstone United  v Chester FC

Woking  v Southport

Wrexham  v Aldershot Town

AWAY DAYS

There will be a Supporters Club coach heading north on Saturday and it’s not too late to get on it.

Coach leaves Crabble at 7.30am and the cost is:

Adults Members £30, Adult Non Members £45 and accompanied child (under 16) £10.

Please call or text Andy Fisher on 0793 4300335 to book your seat.

You are now required to pay for your seat in advance in cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

SPONSOR A WHITE

Sponsoring a member of the Dover Athletic Football Club staff is a fantastic way to show your support for the team.

So why not do it?

We still have a number of players and coaching staff available, including the new arrivals.

The benefits of the sponsorship package include:

  • Named in Matchday Magazine for duration of season.
  • Named on DAFC website for rest of the season.
  • Chance to meet your chosen player.
  • Signed shirt sent to you at the end of the season.
  • All sponsors entered into a prize draw to win 2 X Premier Club day passes for the last game of the season.

For all the details, please give Club Director Matthew Jaenicke a call on 07900 690206