Category: First Team News

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

A bitterly disappointed Jamie Grimes has his say after the 2-1 loss against Torquay United at Crabble.

PREVIEW: WHITES V TORQUAY UNITED

Chris Kinnear’s men could relegate a side for the second consecutive home match when third-bottom Torquay visit Crabble on Saturday.

Southport lost their National League status after losing 3-0 to Whites on 14th April and the Gulls could suffer the same fate.

Should the Devon club fail to win and Braintree, York and Guiseley all record victories, then United’s demotion to the National League South will be confirmed.

In spite of the visitor’s lowly standing on the ladder, Dover’s assistant boss Jake Leberl believes his side, who dropped to sixth after Monday’s loss at play-off rivals Aldershot Town, are in for a tough test. 

He said: “Any game against a team fighting for their life is always difficult.  They will do all they can within their power to stay in this league.

“They have got some dangerous players and we have got to want to win more than them on the day.”

Dover will start the game only one place and one point behind fifth-placed Aldershot, but with a game in hand on the Hampshire side.

TORQUAY’S RECENT FORM

The Gulls  gave their survival bid a boost by beating fellow strugglers Braintree Town 3-1 at Plainmoor on Monday.

The visitors struck early through Manny Parry’s header, but Brett William’s fine solo run and finish levelled matters just before the interval.

The former Forest Green forward then pounced on a loose ball in the area to put the hosts ahead.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Jordan Lee made the points safe late on to keep the Gulls within touching distance of the safety zone.

LAST MEETING

27/08/16 Torquay 2-1 Dover

Ricky Miller’s free-kick was not enough to prevent Dover’s three-match winning streak coming to an end at Plainmoor.

The striker struck 15 minutes from full-time to equalise after Jamie Reid put Torquay ahead just after half-time.

But Dover’s celebrations proved to be short-lived as Dan Sparkes slotted past goalkeeper Steve Arnold just a minute later.

Tyrone Marsh’s injury time effort against his former employers struck the inside of the post, but the ball bounced away to safety much to the relief of the home support.

RECENT MEETINGS

26/3/16 Dover 5-0 Torquay

06/10/15 Torquay 2-3 Dover

02/12/14 Dover 2-2 Torquay

HITMEN

Ricky Miller remains the top scorer in the National League with 36 goals.

Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.

Torquay’s leading marksman is Brett Williams with eight.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Leberl confirmed on Thursday that Whites have a fully fit squad to pick from. 

Joe Healy (calf) and James Hurst (leg) are both available for selection after being substituted during the defeat at Aldershot.

Midfielder Jim Stevenson could also be involved after being recalled from his loan spell at Southport earlier this week.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets can be purchased on the day but please note that this match IS segregated.

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.

MATCH SPONSOR

The Torquay match is being sponsored by REFLEX LABELS.

All of us at Dover Athletic thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your day with us this afternoon

MATCH BALL SPONSOR

Saturday’s  match ball is being sponsored by JOHN MARTIN.

As always, we welcome John to the game and thank him for his continued and ongoing support.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Lincoln City v Macclesfield Town

Boreham Wood v Gateshead

Braintree Town v Barrow

Bromley v Guiseley

Forest Green Rovers v Maidstone United

North Ferriby United v Aldershot Town

Solihull Moors v Eastleigh

Sutton United v Chester

Tranmere Rovers v Southport

Woking v York City

Wrexham v Dagenham & Redbridge

AWAY TRAVEL

There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Barrow on Saturday 29th April and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.

It leaves Crabble at 3am and thanks to a donation from the Supporters club, the cost is as follows:

Adults Members £20, Adult Non Members £35 and accompanied child (under 16) £10.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat or see him in the Centre Spot on Saturday.

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

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

STEVENSON BACK FROM LOAN SPELL

Jim Stevenson has been recalled from his loan spell at fellow National League side Southport.

The midfielder, who joined Whites from Aldershot last summer, played 10 times, scoring once, for Port since making the move north In February.

The 24-year-old 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: ALDERSHOT TOWN V WHITES

Dover boss Chris Kinnear has no intention of treating Monday’s National League showdown at play-off chasing rivals Aldershot Town any differently to any other game his team plays.

Whites head to the EEB Stadium one place and two points clear of their Hampshire opponents, but Kinnear is not about to start getting carried away by those statistics.

He says he sees it as just another game.  “It is not all about Monday. It’s just another game as far as we are all concerned.

“You cannot afford to start thinking about what might be – that can hurt you.

“I ensure that we take each game as it comes, I know it’s an old cliché, but it’s so true in my book and always has been.

“We’ll be treating it like any other game. We’ll be playing to win regardless of who we are playing.”

ALDERSHOT’S RECENT FORM:

The Shots, who are unbeaten in 10 games at home, drew 2-2 at Tranmere Rovers on Good Friday.

Matt McClure gave Aldershot an early lead, but strikes from Cole Stockton and Connor Jennings put Rovers in front, before Bernard Mensah pulled the visitors level before the break.

LAST MEETING:

29/08/16 Dover 1-2 Aldershot

Aldershot won their first game on the road this season courtesy of former Dover midfielder Liam Bellamy.

Bellamy, who left Crabble last summer,  headed home just before the interval to double the visitors lead after Shamir Fenelon had fired the Shots ahead in the 21st minute.

Ross Lafayette’s stunning free-kick pulled one back in the second half, but Dover were unable complete a comeback and slumped to their second consecutive defeat.

PREVIOUS  MEETINGS:

05/12/15 Dover 5-2 Aldershot

18/08/15 Aldershot 1-1 Dover

03/03/15 Aldershot 3-1 Dover

HITMEN

Ricky Miller remains top scorer in the National League and struck his 36th of the season at home to Southport on Friday.

Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.

Aldershot’s leading marksman is Scott Rendell with 12.

DOVER TEAM NEWS:

Manager Chris Kinnear expects to have a fully fit squad to pick from.

James Hurst and Richard Orlu (both leg) were taken off on Friday as a precaution and should be fit.

DOVER COLOURS

For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Aldershot 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, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 2pm.

MONDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Barrow v North Ferriby United

Chester v Woking

Dagenham & Redbridge v Sutton United

Eastleigh v Bromley

Gateshead v Lincoln City

Guiseley v Tranmere Rovers

Macclesfield Town v Solihull Moors

Southport v Forest Green Rovers

Torquay United v Braintree Town

York City v Wrexham