Category: First Team News

MATCH REPORT: DOVER 3 – 1 BARNET

Whites moved off the bottom of the National League on Tuesday night after a convincing win over relegation rivals Barnet.

In wet and muddy conditions, Andy Hessenthaler’s men were 3-0 up at the break thanks to Will De Havilland’s early double and Ahkeem Rose’s fine volley.

Substitute Michael Petrasso pulled a goal back on the hour mark for The Bees, but the hosts held on for their first win of 2021 as they leapfrogged their hosts in the table.

Both sides had early chances, with ex-White Alfie Pavey seeing his early effort tipped wide by Dover keeper Oliver Webber, before Rose dragged his shot narrowly wide at the other end.

It was the home side who struck first when Ryan Hanson’s floated free-kick was inadvertently flicked into path of the lying-in-wait De Havilland, with the defender making no mistake from close range.

Centre-back De Havilland doubled his tally for the game and the season two minutes later, firing in after Sam Wood’s corner was played into a dangerous area.

Whites then added a third with 10 minutes of the half remaining when Rose gave visiting stopper Scott Loach no chance with an accurate volley from the edge of the penalty area.

Petrasso pulled a goal back for The Bees on the hour mark, bundling the ball in the net after connecting to a cross, however Whites held firm as the conditions worsened, almost adding a fourth on two occasions in the final 10 minutes.

First Rose tried to chip Loach from distance, but the Barnet keeper, already out of the penalty area, was able to head the ball away, before Ade Azeez’s shot was deflected onto the post from Barnet’s number one.

The win moves Whites to within seven points of safety ahead of their next league match, a crunch clash away to Yeovil Town, who sit one place above the relegation zone.

Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that lost against Solihull three days earlier, with Wood, Travis Gregory, Marvel Ekpiteta and Azeez coming in for TJ Bramble, Marshall Wratten, Jack Munns and Bayli Spencer-Adams, with the latter returning to parent club Watford earlier in the week.

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS BARNET

Dover will look to put their defeat to Solihull Moors behind them as they welcome fellow strugglers Barnet to Crabble.

Despite being on top during the early stages of Saturday’s defeat, a goal on the half hour mark turned the tide of the game, with The Moors doubling their lead in the second half.

Following that defeat, Andy Hessenthaler’s men remain bottom of the league, with The Bees sitting one place above them in 22nd.

Both teams have been hit with numerous postponements over the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Dover still having played the least amount of games out of everyone in the league.

It’s not been much better for Barnet with the side from North London only playing 2 more games this season, with only Whites and Solihull Moors playing less so far.

Both sides having matching records in their last five games, losing four and drawing one. A win for Dover will see them leapfrog the visitors and will go two points behind Weymouth if they lose away at Aldershot.

A win for Tim Flowers’ side will see them move level on points with Weymouth, however they will stay behind The Terras on goal difference.

The two teams only played each other once last season, with the game at Crabble being cancelled due to the pandemic.

Whites came away with all three points at The Hive earlier that season, with Inih Effiong scoring the only goal of the game in second half stoppage time.

Since then Effiong left Dover and joined Stevenage in the summer, he would then join The Bees on a one month loan where he scored once in five games for the club. After leaving Barnet, he joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season.

Tuesday evening’s match could also see the return to Crabble for both Jack Connors and Alfie Pavey who are now on the books at The Bees.

Connors joined Whites for the 2018-19 season, but only made 10 league appearances for the club, spending alot of his time out on loan at Hampton & Richmond Borough. He left Whites at the end of that season and joined Dulwich Hamlet at the beginning of last season, before earning a move back to the National League with Barnet this season. He has played five times for The Bees so far this campaign.

Pavey signed for Whites during the 2018-19 season and would go onto score 11 goals in 37 games for the club before leaving for Barnet a year later.

The forward is yet to score in 15 league appearances for the club, however missed most of last season with a broken leg. He joined Dartford on a two-month loan in November, but was recalled early after making four appearances for the fellow Kent side.

Barnet’s Player to Watch

JJ Hooper joined the club at the beginning of the season and is a proven goalscorer in this league, having scored regularly for both Bromley and Wrexham before joining Barnet. The striker also has four goals in 12 games this season.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures 

Aldershot Town Vs Weymouth

Altrincham Vs Wealdstone

Boreham Wood Vs Chesterfield

Bromley Vs Woking

Eastleigh Vs Dagenham & Redbridge

King’s Lynn Town Vs Stockport County

Solihull Moors Vs Notts County

Torquay United Vs Sutton United

Wrexham Vs FC Halifax Town

RANSOM STAYING

We are delighted to announce that Millwall defender Harry Ransom’s loan spell with us has been extended until May 31st.

The 21-year-old centre-half arrived from the Championship side in October and made his debut in the National League season opener against Notts County at Crabble

Ransom has made seven appearances for us in all competitions to date, scoring once.

 

DEFENDER LEAVES CRABBLE

We can confirm that Watford loanee Bayli Spencer-Adams has returned to his parent club.

The centre-half made 10 appearances in all competitions for Andy Hessenthaler’s side after making his debut in the 2-0 National League defeat at Torquay United on October 17th.

We wish Bayli all the best for his future career and thank him for his efforts whilst with us.

 

 

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Midfielder Oscar Gobern shared his thoughts following our 2-0 home loss against Solihull Moors on Saturday.

 

NEW DATE FOR WEALDSTONE

Our postponed National League game at Wealdstone has now been re-arranged.

We will now make the trip to Grosvenor Vale on April 27th with the game kicking off at 7.45pm.

Please continue to stay safe one and all.

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS SOLIHULL MOORS

Whites are back in action on Saturday as they welcome Solihull Moors to Crabble in Vanarama National League.

Andy Hessenthaler’s side will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Wrexham where, despite being level at half-time thanks to Ahkeem Rose’s equaliser, two second-half goals condemned Whites to their ninth league loss of the season.

The Solihull Moors fixture was meant to be played in December, however, it was postponed due to COVID-19 in Whites’ camp.

The game was then rescheduled to take place on February 2nd, but with both sides having a free Saturday and with fixtures building up due to further postponements, the National League made the decision to bring the fixture forward.

Whites still sit bottom of the league, however, our home point against Boreham Wood moved us two points behind Barnet and Weymouth who sit 22nd and 21st respectively.

A win for Dover will see them move above both sides if each fail to get a result in their respective fixtures.

The Moors currently sit 12th in the league table having won seven of their 13 games played so far this campaign. They sit a point outside the playoffs and a win could see them move as far up as fifth if results go their way.

It was honours even in this fixture last season after a Jamey Osborne free-kick denied what would’ve been a third consecutive victory for Dover.

Inih Effiong put Whites ahead early on, however, Osborne equalised midway through the first half as the points were shared.

Solihull Moors’ Player to Watch

Jimmy Ball is the top scorer for The Moors this season with four goals in nine games. He also scored in Solihull’s 3-2 defeat to Aldershot Town in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.

Coverage

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures

Barnet Vs Altrincham

Bromley Vs FC Halifax Town

Chesterfield Vs Wrexham

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs King’s Lynn Town

Notts County Vs Torquay United

Stockport County Vs Boreham Wood

Sutton United Vs Eastleigh

Wealdstone Vs Aldershot Town

Weymouth Vs Hartlepool United

Woking Vs Maidenhead United