Category: First Team News


Marshall Wratten has joined Isthmian South East side Whitstable Town on loan.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who signed professional terms with Athletic during the summer, spent last September on loan at The Belmont Ground and will be with the Oystermen until the end of the season.

Good luck Marshall!


We have selected our top four finishes from last month and we need you fans to pick your favourite.

Simply cast your votes on our social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or simply add A, B, C or D in the comment section below.

The winner will be revealed shortly after 5 pm on Friday 5th December.


Dover’s postponed trip to Barrow has now been rearranged for Tuesday 7th January 2020.

The National League match, originally scheduled for Saturday 12th October, will kick off at 7:45 pm.


Boss Andy Hessenthaler gives his opinion on his sides 3-0 loss away to Peterborough United in the Emirates FA Cup second round on Sunday.



Dover’s on-loan striker Ruel Sotiriou has today been recalled by his parent club, Leyton Orient.

The 19-year old scored three goals for us since he signed on a month’s loan earlier this month, and played the leading role in getting us through to the second round of the FA Cup after scoring the winner in the 1-0 triumph against Southend United earlier this month.

Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler said he had tried hard to extend the loan deal.

“Ruel has been fantastic is his short time with us and we really tried to keep him, but it wasn’t to be.

“We are very grateful to Leyton Orient for letting us have him in the first place and we’d certainly have him back if the opportunity presented itself.

“I’d like to thank Ruel for everything he’s done for us and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Orient Interim Head Coach, Ross Embleton said:  “He’s gone out and proven himself with the goals that he’s scored and the performances that he’s put in that he’s capable of performing at that level.

“The loan has been an outstanding period for him, we thank Dover Athletic for treating him properly and looking after him and he comes back for me as a player with a bit between his teeth, goals and minutes under his belt and ready to put pressure on other people”


Andy Hessenthaler gives his thoughts following Whites’ 4-3 home defeat to Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening in the National League.

The Buildbase FA Trophy


We will face National League North opposition in the Buildbase FA Trophy after being drawn away to King’s Lynn Town in the FA Buildbase Trophy first round.

Both sides played out a goalless draw at The Walks Stadium in Saturday’s (23rd November) second qualifying round match, with King’s Lynn winning 3-0 at Edgar Street in Tuesday night’s replay.

The tie will take place during the weekend of Saturday 14th December.


Northern Section

Solihull Moors v Darlington
Stourbridge or South Shields v Southport
Bradford Park Avenue v Halesowen Town
Harrogate Town v Hartlepool United
Stockport County v Blyth Spartans or Alfreton Town
Chesterfield v Notts County
Hednesford v Chester
Farsley Celtic v Altrincham
Matlock Town v Chorley
FC United of Manchester v Kettering Town
AFC Fylde v Curzon Ashton
Atherton Collieries v Barrow
FC Halifax Town v Wrexham
AFC Telford United v Leamington

Southern Section

Yeovil Town v Welling United
Oxford City v Dulwich Hamlet
King’s Lynn Town v Dover Athletic
Carshalton Athletic v Aveley
Eastleigh v Yate Town
Tonbridge Angels v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Barnet v Weymouth
Kingstonian v Woking
Chelmsford City v Havant & Waterlooville
Enfield Town v Ebbsfleet United
Eastbourne Borough v Salisbury
Maidenhead United v Hemel Hempstead Town
Sutton United v Dagenham & Redbridge FC
Maidstone United v Concord Rangers
Torquay United v Aldershot Town
Bath City or Gosport Borough v Sholing FC or Paulton Rovers
Dorking Wanderers v Bromley
Royston Town v Boreham Wood


Whites’ fans might have noticed Dover players sporting some new training equipment in recent weeks.

Thanks to a £4,000 donation from the Dover Athletic Supporters’ Club, presented to Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler and his first-team coaches Darren Hare and Nicky Southall prior to last Saturday’s National League match against Solihull Moors, Athletic’s management team have purchased 20 ‘Catapult’ GPS tracker vests.

The vests, used by 70% of Premier League and Football League sides, as well as 75% of National League clubs, will enable Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler and his team to assess the fitness of the squad.

Darren Hare said: “The vests will give us an indication of the distance players cover during games and will help us manage their workloads.

“It is so important to know if we are working the lads too hard or indeed hard enough during training, so the average workload statistics will help assess how we can help individuals prepare for matches and recover properly.

“They will also give us a distance per minute statistic to show us the effect of substitutes and their impact in matches, as well as help keep their fitness levels up.”

Athletic’s first-team coach concluded:  “I would like to thank the Supporters’ Club massively for their kind support.  The vests have added an extra dimension to the support and feedback the coaching staff can provide the players both in training and after matches.”