Category: First Team News

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

LOAN KEEPER DEPARTS

Tom Smith’s loan with Dover Athletic has ended and the young goalkeeper has returned to his parent club, Arsenal.

The 18-year-old joined the club in October and made his debut in the FA Cup defeat at Yeovil Town later that month.

He then played in the National League games against Eastleigh, Woking, and Altrincham.

We would like to thank Tom for his efforts while with us and we would like to wish him all the very best in the future.

 

PALACE GOALKEEPER JOINS

Manager Andy Hessenthaler added to his squad with the arrival of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Oliver Webber on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s National League game against Solihull Moors at Crabble.

Portsmouth-born Webber, who will wear the No.26 shirt, is also a Northern Ireland international, making his debut in the Under-21 Euro Qualifier against Ukraine last November.

He joined the Premier League club back in 2016 from Irish League club Glentoran.

Welcome to the club Ollie!!

 

 

 

 

LOAN DEAL EXTENDED

Dover Athletic are delighted to confirm that the loan deal of Hull City midfielder Ryan Hanson has been extended until the end of the season.

Ryan initially joined us in November and made his debut in our National League game at Kings Lynn Town on November 21st.

 

 

 

SOLIHULL GAME BROUGHT FORWARD

We will now host Solihull Moors in the National League at Crabble this Saturday instead of February 2nd.

Both clubs have a free Saturday and under Rule 8.7, The League has now re-scheduled the fixture.

The game kicks-off at 3pm.

 

DAFCtv: WEALDSTONE

STONES MATCH POSTPONED

Our match away to Wealdstone on Tuesday 19th January has been postponed due the Stones now playing Gloucester City in the FA Trophy on Monday 18th January.

The FA Trophy match at Grosvenor Vale, due to have been played on Saturday 16th January, has been moved back two days due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the National League fixture will be announced in due course.

MATCH PREVIEW: WREXHAM VS DOVER

Dover travel to Wrexham on Saturday, looking to continue their impressive record of having never lost at the Racecourse ground in five previous visits.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men ended of run of five straight defeats on Tuesday evening with a 1-1 draw against Boreham Wood.  Athletic fell behind in the first half through Kabonga Tshimanga’s accurate finish, however TJ Bramble’s first league goal for Dover midway through the second half made sure the points were shared at Crabble.

This was only Whites’ second league game since 21st November due to two separate COVID-19 isolation periods.

Wrexham have played six league games in that time, winning two, drawing one and losing three. The Dragons have not played since the end of December following postponements.

Saturday’s game was one of the many games that were previously moved back due to COVID-19, with the original game supposed to have been played on 12th December.

Dean Keates’ side currently sit in 16th in the National League table, having picked up 6 wins in the 14 games they’ve played this season. Despite being in the bottom half of the table, they only sit three points off a playoff spot and have games in hand over many sides above them.

The two teams only came up against each other once last season, as the game at the Racecourse was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Dover came away with a 2-1 victory in the only game between the two sides last season. Despite going behind in the first half through Mark Harris, a Ricky Modeste  goal followed by an injury time own goal from Shaun Pearson sealed victory for Whites.

Saturday’s game will see the away side come up against a familiar face in Anthony Jeffrey, who joined The Dragons in September after leaving Whites at the end of last season.

Jeffrey has played eight times for the Welsh club, however has not been in the last two Wrexham squads.  If the ex-white does play, it will be his 150th league game in his career.

Wrexham’s Player to Watch

Adi Yussuf, who joined the club on loan from Blackpool this summer, is the top scorer for the club so far this season with five goals in 12 games. He is also a very experienced player in this league with over 100 games to his name.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game over on Wrexham’s website.

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.

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Captain Sam Wood shared his view following Dover’s 1-1 home draw against Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening.