Category: First Team News

ENTERTAINING DAY FOR COMMUNITY

Preparations are in full swing for the club’s second Community Day of the season at Crabble on Saturday.

We’ve given 50 tickets to each of the 42 schools in the Dover district who have asked for them to allow students to attend the day and savour the Crabble experience during the National League clash with AFC Fylde.

Our first Community Day saw a bumper crowd of 2,795 attend the clash with Solihull Moors on September 30.

Saturday’s game against promoted AFC Fylde kicks-off at 3pm but the turnstiles will open at noon with plenty of pre-match entertainment is on the menu including:

  • Dance Dynamique will showcase their talents with a  10-minute group dance performance, including 15 adults and 25 kids, at  2pm
  •  A Walking football match
  • A Happy Feet football Match
  • A live singer in the CentreSpot from 1.30pm

To add to the celebrations, there will be FREE goodie bags for the children as well as FREE flags and balloons.

A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into making the day another memorable one at Crabble.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Crabble again.

COYW!!

WHITES OFF TOP SPOT AFTER DAGGERS DEFEAT

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1-0 DOVER

(Ferrier 23)

WHITES 10-match unbeaten league run came to an end following a narrow defeat at a rainy Victoria Road on Tuesday evening.

A first-half header from Morgan Ferrier and some stunning saves from home keeper Mark Cousins saw Dover relinquish their grip on top spot in the National League standings as Chris Kinnear’s men slipped into second place, two points behind new leaders Wrexham.

The Daggers almost took an early lead when Sam Ling snuck in at the far post to nod Corey Whitely’s zipped corner into the side netting.

Visitors Dover should have gone ahead two minutes later, but Cousin flung himself across his goalmouth to tip away James Alabi’s header after Mitch Brundle’s mishit volley fell kindly for the loanee.

The striker then blasted narrowly over following a powerful surge into the area.

Cousin’s opposite number Mitch Walker then performed his own acrobatics, stretching to divert John Robson’s dipping header from the edge of the box from underneath the crossbar.

But there was nothing Athletic’s stopper could do about the home side’s opener midway through the first half.

The impressive Ling latched onto Cousin’s inch-perfect throw and sent in a delicious ball for Ferrier to head home from close range.

Ling then blasted over from an acute angle and the winger forced Walker into a low save with a drilled effort from the edge of the box.

Dagenham’s keeper denied Alabi once again in first half stoppage time. The attacker powered Mitch Pinnock’s pinpoint cross towards goal, only for Cousins to somehow claw the ball away to safety.

And the 30-year old goalie made his best save just after the break to prevent what seemed a certain equaliser for Whites.

Having beaten Jake Howells out wide, Pinnock’s goalward volley appeared destined for the top corner. But Cousins clearly had other ideas and was somehow able turn the winger’s shot behind for a corner.

Walker then ensured his side stayed in the game, blocking Ferrier’s angled effort with Michael Cheek firing over the rebound.

And Cousins thwarted the visitors once again, smothering the ball before Pinnock could latch onto Nortei Nortey’s through ball.

Whitely’s strike from near the byline clipped the bar and the winger then forced Walker into a fingertip save with a curling effort.

And John Still’s team should have doubled their lead in injury time, but sub Dan Sparkes blasted past the post when put in the clear by Whitely.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made one change to the side that started away at Leyton Orient. Loui Fazakerley replaced the injured Josh Passley.

Athletic next face AFC Fylde at Crabble on Saturday 25th November at Crabble. Kick off 3pm.

Dagenham and Redbridge: Cousins, Doe (c), Robson, Howell, Ferrier (Sparkes 88), Boucaud, Lokko, Ling, Cheek (Bloomfield 67), Whitely, Howells.

Subs not used: Moore, Adams, White.

Dover: Walker, Fazakerley, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Ilesanmi, Brundle, Nortey (Daniel 72), Pinnock, Bird, Alabi (Jeffrey 65).

Subs not used: Deen-Conteh, Richards, Okosieme.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 1,262

PREVIEW: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V WHITES

Dover will be aiming to keep their unbeaten league run going when they visit Victoria Road on Tuesday.

Chris Kinnear’s men are undefeated in 10 league games and last suffered a loss on their travels seven matches ago at Macclesfield Town in August.

But Athletic’s recent run of form will be severely tested against a Daggers side that boast the strongest home record in the division, having accumulated 22 points from a possible 30 so far.

Josh Passley, Femi Ilesanmi and Chris Lewington will be familiar with their surroundings.

Passley made 41 appearances in a two-year spell with Dag & Red, Ilesanmi played 120 times during a four-year stay and Lewington made 138 appearances during a five-year period.

And travelling fans will recognise some of their opponents.

Defender Bondz N’Gala played five matches for Whites last season and first team coach Junior Lewis featured 84 times for the club between 1993-96.

DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE’S RECENT FORM

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 3-2 GUISELEY

John Still’s men fought back from a two-goal deficit to win all three points at Victoria Road.

Luke Howell grabbed the winner ten minutes from time after Morgan Ferrier and Scott Doe had cancelled out earlier strikes from the Lions’ Lee Molyneux and Mike Fondop-Talom.

Molyneux’s deflected 18th minute deflected effort had the visitors in front and Fondop-Talom tapped in Kevan Hurst’s knock-down five minutes later to double the advantage.

The Daggers pulled one back on 29 minutes when Ferrier fired a shot into the top corner and defender Doe levelled just before the break, slotting home Corey Whitely’s corner.

Whitley also assisted the home side’s winner, firing in an effort which rebounded for Howell to stab in.

PREVIOUS MEETING:

WHITES 1-2 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Dover slumped to their eighth defeat in 12 games against the Daggers as the Essex side ended Dover’s four-game National League winning streak.

First half goals from on-loan Brighton winger Jordan Maguire-Drew and veteran Paul Benson laid the foundations for the win, their third consecutive on the road.

Ricky Miller had a penalty saved before finally reducing the deficit with eight minutes to play, but it was too little, too late to salvage anything from the game.

The visitors opened the scoring through Maguire-Drew – and the TV replay won’t make for happy viewing for Dover goalkeeper Steve Arnold.

Arnold appeared set to gather Maguire-Drew’s 30-yard free-kick before slipping and could only look up in horror as the ball sailed over him into the back of his net.

But Arnold could not prevent Daggers extending their lead from the resulting corner – taken by that man Maguire-Drew.

His cross was headed home by 37-year-old Benson, his first goal for Daggers since 2010.

Arnold kept his side in with a chance of getting something out of the game after saving from Benson after the striker had pounced on captain Jamie Grimes’ back pass.

And that saved proved vital after Miller gave Dover hope with his 22nd goal of the National League campaign.

Grimes headed substitute Mitch Pinnock’s long throw into the danger zone and Miller volleyed home.

There was to be no more joy for Whites as Dagenham completed the double over boss Chris Kinnear’s side following the 2-0 win at Victoria Road in September.

OTHER MEETING:

13/09/16 Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 Dover

DOVER COLOURS

For travelling fans wanting to wear the same shirts as the players, captain Mitch Brundle and his teammates will be wearing their yellow ones.

TICKET NEWS

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £21
Concessions – £15
Juniors (10-16) year-olds – £12
Under-10’s – £2

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!

Coverage starts from 7pm.

TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

AFC FYLDE V GUISELEY
BROMLEY V ALDERSHOT TOWN
EASTLEIGH V MAIDENHEAD UNITED
GATESHEAD V BARROW
HARTLEPOOL UNITED V FC HALIFAX TOWN
LEYTON ORIENT V CHESTER
MACCLESFIELD TOWN V TRANMERE ROVERS
MAIDSTONE UNITED V BOREHAM WOOD
SUTTON UNITED V TORQUAY UNITED
WOKING V EBBSFLEET UNITED
WREXHAM V SOLIHULL MOORS

AWAY TRAVEL

There is a coach travelling to Bromley on Saturday 2nd December and it’s not too late to book a seat on it.

Prices are as follows:

Adult members £15, adult non-members £30 and accompanied child (Under 16) £5

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the match against Fylde.

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

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Goalkeeper Mitch Walker talks to the camera following Whites 1-1 draw away at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

WHITES TAKE POINT FROM ORIENT

LEYTON ORIENT 1-1 DOVER

(Clay 78) (Nortey 23)

Mitch Walker’s spectacular late save preserved a hard-earned point for Whites at a rain-swept Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Athletic’s keeper blocked Macaulay Bonne’s point-black header from six yards with his legs as Chris Kinnear’s men extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches.

Nortei Nortey had curled the visitors ahead in the first half, but a deflected effort from Craig Clay 12 minutes from time had the O’s level.

The away side almost made the perfect start for when James Alabi bore down on goal following a mistake by Joe Widdowson, but home keeper Sam Sargeant, a late addition to the starting line-up after Orient’s first choice stopper Charlie Grainger injured himself in the warmup, denied the striker with his feet.

Bonne then nodded Alex Lawless’ corner narrowly over and at the other end both Alabi and Ryan Bird were close to connecting to Femi Ilesanmi’s dangerous ball across the box.

Mitch Pinnock’s 30-yard free-kick dipped just wide of Sargeant’s goal and Clay blasted just wide in a breathless first quarter of an hour.

Former Premier League star Jobi McAnuff drilled just past the post and Alabi volleyed just over from a tight angle.

But Chris Kinnear’s men were not to be kept out for long and Nortey collected Alabi’s pass and fired past a diving Sargeant much to the delight of the 537 travelling fans.

McAnuff and Swindon loanee James Brophy struck efforts wide for Orient and Mitch Pinnock flicked Josh Passley’s pinpoint cross narrowly over.

Passley was then replaced by Loui Fazakerley five minutes before the break after an unfortunate collision with an advertising board following a 50-50 challenge.

And in first-half stoppage time Walker dived low to push Brophy’s shot from outside the box to his right.

Dover’s keeper then tipped away Bonne’s header from a corner, but a goalmouth scramble ensued with Zimbabwe international Bonne poking an effort towards goal with Connor Essam clearing off the line.

But Leyton Orient’s pressure finally paid off as Clay run onto Brophy’s pass and found the net from inside the box via a deflection in spite of Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s best efforts to keep the ball out.

And the home team, with caretaker boss Russ Embleton in charge following the dismissal of Steve Davis as manager earlier in the week, almost snatched a late winner as Bonne leapt highest to meet James Dayton’s ball into the box, only to be denied by Walker.

McAnuff fired a free-kick narrowly over in injury time as Dover kept their place at the top of the table, one point clear of Wrexham in second spot.

Earlier, Kinnear kept with the same side that beat Eastleigh last week. Anthony Jeffrey, signed on loan from Sutton, started as a substitute.

Whites next travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday 21st November.  Kick off 7:45pm.

Leyton Orient: Sargeant, Caprice, Widdowson, Lawless (Harrold 65), Sendles-White, McAnuff (c), Bonne, Clay, Happe, Brophy, Dayton.

Subs not used: Mooney, Ellis, Westbrooke.

Dover: Walker, Passley (Fazakerley 44), Ilesanmi, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Brundle (c), Pinnock, Bird (Daniel 76), Nortey, Alabi.

Subs not used: Richards, Okosieme, Jeffrey.

HIGHLIGHTS: DOVER 2-0 EASTLEIGH

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Leyton Orient, catch up on the best of the action from Saturday’s 2-0 win over Eastleigh at Crabble.

 

PREVIEW: LEYTON ORIENT V WHITES

Athletic will be aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to ten matches when they visit Brisbane Road for the first time in a competitive fixture on Saturday.

And they travel to the capital to take on a side that have collected just three points from a possible 33.

Steve Davis, appointed as O’s head coach in the summer following their relegation from League Two, paid the price for his team’s poor form and was sacked earlier in the week.

But boss Chris Kinnear will still be wary of Whites latest opponents, who will be keen to impress the caretaker management team of Ross Embleton and Dean Brill.

One Dover player will be no stranger to his surroundings on the pitch this weekend.

Defender Connor Essam made 24 appearances for Orient during the 2015/16 season.

LEYTON ORIENT’S RECENT FORM

EBBSFLEET 2-1 LEYTON ORIENT

Orient’s winless league run extended to 11 matches following defeat in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday evening.

First half strikes from Andy Drury and Danny Kedwell put Daryl McMahon’s men in control, although James Dayton’s late consolation set up a tense finale.

An unmarked Drury fired Fleet in front on six minutes after collecting Luke Coulson’s pass.

And Kedwell doubled the lead with a bullet header from Myles Weston’s cross five minutes before the break.

Charlie Grainger denied Weston after the restart with a fine save and Dayton’s 25-yard stunner three minutes from time gave the visitors hope.

But Steve Davis’ side were unable to complete the comeback and the result leaves Orient three points above the bottom four.

DOVER COLOURS

For travelling fans wanting to wear the same shirts as the players, captain Mitch Brundle and his teammates will be wearing their blue ones.

TICKET NEWS

Prices are as follows:

Adults £20.00
Concessions £18.00
Under 18 £5.00

COVERAGE

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

AFC FYLDE V TORQUAY UNITED
BROMLEY V CHESTER
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V GUISELEY
EASTLEIGH V BARROW
GATESHEAD V TRANMERE ROVERS
HARTLEPOOL UNITED V ALDERSHOT TOWN
MACCLESFIELD TOWN V BOREHAM WOOD
MAIDSTONE UNITED V SOLIHULL MOORS
SUTTON UNITED V FC HAILFAX TOWN
WOKING V MAIDENHEAD UNITED
WREXHAM V EBBSFLEET UNITED

AWAY TRAVEL

There are coaches travelling to Dagenham (Tuesday 21st November) and Bromley (Saturday 2nd December).

It’s not too late to book a seat and prices are per game:

Adult members £15, adult non-members £30 and accompanied child (Under 16) £5

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the match against Fylde to book a seat on the coach heading to Bromley.

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

JEFFREY ARRIVES ON LOAN

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the loan signing of winger Anthony Jeffrey from Sutton United until the end of January.

The 23-year-old, who played against Whites in the 2-2 draw at Gander Green Lane in October, will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s National League game at Leyton Orient.

Jeffrey, who will wear the No.25 shirt, joined Sutton from Forest Green Rovers last July and has made 11 appearances for the U’s this season.

While he was with Forest Green, Jeffrey, who started his career as a trainee with Arsenal, spent last season on loan at Boreham Wood where he made 26 appearances and scored three goals.

Welcome to Crabble Anthony!