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MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS ALTRINCHAM

Dover will be on the hunt for a second consecutive home win on Saturday following their dramatic win at Crabble against Eastleigh in midweek.

Ade Azeez’s late winner on Tuesday proved crucial as Whites moved out of the relegation zone and up to 16th on the National League ladder.

This weekend’s opponents Altrincham are without a league win this campaign so far and currently occupy the final the bottom of the table.  The Greater Manchester side have proved a tough opponent, drawing three of their four October league matches and also have two games in hand following recent postponements against Solihull Moors and Bromley after a number of their players tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.

It has been over four years since Whites last played Alty, with visitors Dover 2-1 victors on the day.  After going behind through Michael Rankine, two goals in seven second half minutes from Ricky Miller and Stefan Payne won it for Dover.

The Robins were relegated that same season and following a further relegation a year later, they are now back in the National League after beating Boston United 1-0 in last campaign’s National League North Playoff Final.

Phil Parkinson has brought in six players so far.  Ritchie brings Football League experience after joining from League Two Morecambe.   The defender also spent time with Stafford Rangers, Northwich Victoria, Mansfield, Tranmere and Barrow.

Another signing, winger Matty Kosylo, has played in all of Alty’s games so far this season, after joining from AFC Fylde having signed from FC Halifax Town a year prior.

Matt Gould has joined as a player/goalkeeping coach after a stint with National League North side Spennymoor Town.

Fisayo Adarabioyo, who started his career in the Manchester City youth academy, signed having previously playing for Dutch sides NAC Breda and FC Oss. Alty is his third club of 2020 after joining Northern Premier League side Warrington Town in February, Curzon Ashton in August and finally Altrincham in October.

Max Clayton and Darren Potter, who both dropped from full-time to part-time football to join Altrincham, left the club after playing one game each.

Altrincham’s Player to Watch

Attacking midfielder Josh Hancock was joint top scorer for The Robins in their promotion campaign and despite not scoring yet this season, he has started every game so far. He also scored in the first two rounds of their playoff campaign last season.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

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 

Bromley Vs Eastleigh

Hartlepool Vs Torquay United (5.20pm)

King’s Lynn Town Vs Woking

Maidenhead United Vs Solihull Moors

Stockport County Vs Weymouth

Yeovil Town Vs Chesterfield

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS EASTLEIGH

After Saturday’s penalty shootout loss to Yeovil in the FA Cup, Andy Hessenthaler’s men turn their focus back to the National League.

Despite coming from behind twice to draw 3-3 with The Glovers at Huish Park on Saturday, Whites were unable to reach the first round for the first time in three seasons.  Meanwhile our opponents this evening advanced to the first round proper with a 3-1 home win against Weston-Super-Mare.

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires are currently unbeaten after their first four league games.  Following up their 5-1 thrashing of Barnet on the opening day of the campaign with another win and two draws.

It was a very different Dover side who took all three points in this fixture last season, with a brace from Inih Effiong helping Whites to a 3-1 victory.

Both teams were only able to play each other once last campaign as the global pandemic caused the game at the Silverlake Stadium to be postponed.

Manager Strevens has brought in six players over the summer, including Abdulai Bell-Baggie from a Weymouth side promoted from the National South last season.

Prior to playing over 100 games for the Terriers, Bell-Baggie also played for Stockport County and Poole Town.

The winger made an instant impact, scoring his side’s fifth on his debut against Barnet.

Joe McDonnell and Pierce Bird have also been brought in from fellow National League side Notts County.

McDonnell has previous non-league experience with Basingstoke Town, Hendon, Hampton and Richmond and Harrow Borough, as well as experience in League One and League Two with AFC Wimbledon.  Pierce meanwhile, started his career in the East Midlands Counties League with Dunkirk, before moves to Leek Town, Alfreton Town, Grantham Town and Boston United.

Another of their signings, Joe Tomlinson, was chosen as the 2019/20 National League South Young Player of the Season as captain of Hungerford Town.

Finally, centre-forwards Dan Smith and Ben House also joined the club from Bognor Regis Town and Reading respectively.

Smith joined Bognor Regis after a prolific loan spell on the south coast, where he netted 28 goals in 38 games during two separate spells. The frontman opened his account for Eastleigh in their win against Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.

House has been arguably Eastleigh’s player to watch so far after scoring three in his opening two matches, including a brace against Torquay United.  He started his career in the Reading academy and had a loan spell at fellow National League club Dagenham & Redbridge last season.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

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 Torquay United

Boreham Wood Vs Woking

Bromley Vs Weymouth

Hartlepool United Vs Altrincham

King’s Lynn Town Vs Wealdstone

Maidenhead United Vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Stockport County Vs Solihull Moors

Wrexham Vs Barnet

Yeovil Town Vs Sutton United

MATCH PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN VS WHITES

Andy Hessenthaler’s side take a break from National League competition this weekend as they travel to Somerset to begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign.

Last season’s Cup journey saw Whites reach the Second Round Proper, where they were beaten by League One side Peterborough United, having knocked out another side from the same division, Southend United, in the previous round.

Dover will be hoping qualification for the first round proper for a third consecutive season can also boost their struggling league form, having lost four straight matches.

This weekend’s hosts are also without a victory this season, having drawn four and lost one of their five matches.

Both teams were victorious away from home by a single goal when the two clubs met last season.   Scott Doe’s second half finish live on BT Sport saw Athletic win the first meeting, with Marc Richards netting the only goal as the Glovers took the three points at Crabble four months later.

Yeovil signed nine players in the summer as they bid to return to the Football League following their relegation to non-league’s top tier in 2019, including former Premier League player Jimmy Smith.

Following an early spell with Chelsea, Smith has spent most of his career in League One and League Two with Leyton Orient, Stevenage and Crawley.  He joined The Glovers on a free transfer after a successful loan spell at Huish Park last campaign.

Yeovil boss Darren Sarll has also brought in Matt Warburton on loan from Northampton, a promotion-winner with the Cobblers last season and a player who was previously in the National League North with Curzon Ashton, Salford City and Stockport County.

Also signing on loan for the season are Jack Clarke from Aston Villa, Daniel Leadbitter from Newport County, Ryan Burke from Birmingham City and Adam Smith, who joins for his third loan spell from Forest Green Rovers after two previous spells last season.

Finally, Joe Quigley joined the club his contract at Dagenham and Redbridge was cancelled.   The tall striker made his debut last week as a substitute their goalless draw against the team he joined from last weekend.

Yeovil’s Player to Watch

Striker Rhys Murphy was top scorer for The Glovers last season with 17 goals and has netted once so far this season.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £9.99 through Yeovil’s streaming service ‘YTFC Live’.

Details on how to purchase the match can be found here.

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

MATCH PREVIEW: TORQUAY UNITED VS DOVER ATHLETIC

Andy Hessenthaler’s side travel to in-form Torquay United on Saturday, looking to put Tuesday’s poor performance at Crabble behind them.

Tuesday night’s 5-0 home defeat against Aldershot Town saw Whites extend their losing streak to three matches following an opening day 1-0 victory against Notts County.

Meanwhile, Torquay have won three of their opening four league games, including a last-minute winner against Chesterfield in midweek.

A 2-0 win at Plainmoor in November 2017 was the last time Whites played at Plainmoor, with last season’s fixture cancelled following the curtailment of the season due to the Nationwide pandemic.

The two sides did meet in August 2019, though it was The Gulls who left Kent with three points thanks to a 2-1 win.

Of the current Dover squad, Will De Havilland, Oscar Gobern, Jack Munns and Bilel Hinchiri started that game at Crabble, with Yusuf Mersin, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Steve Rigg named as substitutes.

Summer signing Ade Azeez knows our hosts well, having spent two separate loan spells at the club during the 2013-14 campaign and last season.  Overall he scored three goals in 10 games for United.

Saturday afternoon’s hosts have made nine summer signings, including former Premier League player Dean Moxey.

Gary Warren and Andrew Nelson plied their trade in Scotland before their switch to Devon earlier this year.  Warren joined from Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle and rejoins Torquay following three matches during a month-long loan spell last season, with Nelson signing from Championship club Dundee having previously been on the books at Sunderland.

Ex-Boreham Wood and Ebbsfleet striker Josh Umerah also joined, whilst Connor Lemonheigh-Evans has made his move to United a permanent one after three previous loan spells at Plainmoor.

Torquay’s Players to Watch

The Gulls snapped up striker Danny Wright to replace last season’s top scorer Jamie Reid, who moved to League Two side Mansfield Town in June.

Former Solihull Moors and Cheltenham Town man Wright, has already opened his account up for the new campaign, netting a last-minute penalty in their 2-1 victory against Bromley last weekend.

Asa Hall and Louis Britton have both scored twice.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can buy a match pass here via Torquay United’s website.

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

Saturday’s other National League Fixtures

Barnet Vs Hartlepool United

Chesterfield Vs Stockport County (5:20pm)

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Yeovil Town

Eastleigh Vs Aldershot Town

Notts County Vs Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors Vs Boreham Wood

Wealdstone Vs Wrexham

Weymouth Vs King’s Lynn Town

Woking Vs FC Halifax Town

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER ATHLETIC VS ALDERSHOT TOWN

Dover won’t just welcome Aldershot to Crabble tonight, they will also welcome back a couple of familiar faces. 

Shadrach Ogie, who scored a brilliant solo goal in our 2-0 win in this fixture last season during a loan spell at Crabble, may well line up for our opponents having joined The Shots on a one-month loan from Orient earlier this month.

Visiting Goalkeeper Mitch Walker is no stranger to Dover supporters, having spent seven years with Athletic prior to his departure last year.

Dover and Aldershot will be looking to avoid an unwanted hattrick, with both sides losing back-to-back league matches.  Andy Hessenthaler’s men conceded three second half goals at Stockport County on Saturday afternoon, having lost 4-1 at Bromley four days earlier, with Town losing 2-1 to both Hartlepool and Sutton United.

The Shots did defeat Brentford B on Saturday in a friendly after their league match, scheduled for the same day, was cancelled due to the demise of Macclesfield Town.

Aldershot have added nine players to their squad for this season, including former Scotland International Ross McCormack on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 34-year-old featured in the Championship for the likes of Cardiff, Leeds, Fulham and Aston Villa, scoring 120 goals in 333 appearances.  He also netted for Glasgow Rangers against Portuguese giants and then European Champions League winners Porto in 2005.

Searle has appointed Jamie Sendles-White as his new captain following Dean Rance’s departure to Dagenham & Redbridge.  The defender won the National League South with Torquay United and has also been joined at the EBB Stadium by former Daggers forward Chike Kandi.

Aldershot’s Player to Watch

Striker Mo Bettamer scored his first of the season against Sutton last Tuesday and also netted twice against Brentford B in a friendly on Saturday.

He was also second top scorer last season for The Shots, only being beaten by Ethan Chislett, who joined AFC Wimbledon in the summer.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

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

Altrincham Vs Solihull Moors

Barnet Vs Weymouth

FC Halifax Town Vs Yeovil Town

Hartlepool Vs Bromley

King’s Lynn Town Vs Boreham Wood

Macclesfield Town Vs Eastleigh

Sutton United Vs Notts County

Torquay United Vs Chesterfield

Wealdstone Vs Stockport County

Woking Vs Dagenham & Redbridge

MATCH PREVIEW: STOCKPORT COUNTY VS DOVER ATHLETIC

A first trip outside of Kent  this season awaits Andy Hessenthaler’s men when they travel to Stockport on Saturday.

Whites beat Notts County on the opening day, however the elation of that win soon turned to disappointment on Tuesday night with a 4-1 defeat at Kent rivals Bromley.

Meanwhile, Stockport made up for their opening day defeat at Torquay with a 2-1 victory against visiting FC Halifax Town.

Dover took all three points in this fixture last season thanks to a second half brace from Inih Effiong. However, Effiong is one of six players who started that day that have since left the club.

Only Josh Passley, Will De Havilland, Jack Munns, Oscar Gobern and Steve Rigg started that game and are still at the club, whilst Kurtis Cumberbatch and Paul Rooney who are also still under contract were on the bench.

This afternoon’s hosts have made 11 signings this summer, including John Rooney who scored 17 goals last season for Barrow as they were promoted to League Two.

They have also signed Jamie Stott on a permanent deal after two previous loan spells at the club.

Interestingly, County have also signed brothers Connor and James Jennings. Both have previous experience of playing in the EFL. Connor has played in the Football League with Tranmere, whilst older brother James has had spells in League Two with Macclesfield, Mansfield, Cheltenham and Morecambe.

Mark Kitching has also joined The Hatters this summer, signing from fellow National League side Hartlepool United. He scored the equaliser in his home debut for the club in their win against Halifax on Tuesday night.

Stockport’s Player to Watch 

As already mentioned, attacking midfielder John Rooney joined County from Barrow this summer and this season will be his ninth campaign in a row in the National League.

In the eight previous seasons he has played for four different clubs and has scored 70 goals and got 37 assists in 268 games.

His 17 goals last season had him tied for fourth in the overall goalscoring ranks and he was only three goals off the top spot.

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £7.50 via Stockport’s live streaming service.

More details on how to buy your match pass is here

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

Saturday’s other National League Fixtures

Boreham Wood Vs FC Halifax Town

Bromley Vs Torquay United

Chesterfield Vs Woking

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Wealdstone (5:20pm)

Eastleigh Vs Altrincham

Maidenhead United Vs Hartlepool United

Notts County Vs Barnet

Solihull Moors Vs King’s Lynn Town

Weymouth Vs Sutton United

Yeovil Town Vs Wrexham

MATCH PREVIEW: BROMLEY VS WHITES

Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side will be looking to make it back to back wins in the National League when they travel to Bromley for the first Kent derby of the season​ this evening.

Whites won their opening game after a debut goal by Millwall loanee Harry Ransom sealed an impressive win against Notts County at Crabble on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bromley will be starting their league season tonight after not playing on Saturday after their scheduled opponent Macclesfield Town were wound up in the High Court over unpaid debts.

Honours finished even between Dover and Bromley last season after both beat each other 3-0.

Dover won the Boxing Day clash at Crabble before The Ravens avenged that loss on New Year’s Day.

However, Whites’ team has changed dramatically since that defeat with only Yusuf Mersin, Will De Havilland (pictured), Josh Passley and Jack Munns starting both the game on New Year’s Day and Saturday’s victory against Notts County.

It’s also all change for summer signing Sam Wood​, who played in both of the games over the Christmas period for our opponents’.

Wood, who has been appointed our captain this season, played 74 times in the National League for Bromley.

Tonight’s hosts have made six permanent signings and two loan signings this month, including former Whites loanee James Alabi who signed for our hosts after being released from Leyton Orient.

During his time with Dover, Alabi scored one goal in 11 games.

Byron Webster and Liam Trotter, who both have Championship experience joined our hosts this summer.

Webster has spent a total of six seasons in that division throughout his career, playing for Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town and Millwall. He has most recently spent time in League Two with Carlisle United.

Meanwhile, a lot of Trotter’s career has been spent in the Championship, spending time with Ipswich Town, Millwall, Bolton and Nottingham Forest.

They have also been able to loan back in Reeco Hackett-Fairchild from Portsmouth.

Bromley’s Player to Watch  

Forward Michael Cheek knows how to score in this division, having scored consistently in it for the past five seasons.

In this time, he has played for four different clubs and has score 75 goals in 194 games.

He was also top scorer for our opponents last season with 12 goals.

Coverage  

This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £9.99 via Bromley’s ‘Matchday Live’ live stream.

You can buy your match pass here

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

Tuesday’s other National League Fixtures (All 7:45pm Kick-offs) 

Aldershot Town V Sutton United

Chesterfield V Hartlepool United

Dagenham & Redbridge V Barnet

Eastleigh V Torquay United

Maidenhead United V King’s Lynn Town

Solihull Moors V Wrexham

Stockport County V FC Halifax Town

Weymouth V Woking

Yeovil Town V Wealdstone

Wednesday’s National League Fixture  

Notts County V Altrincham

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW: WHITES VS NOTTS COUNTY

Whites open their 2020/21 National League campaign with a behind closed doors clash against Notts County at Crabble on Saturday.

Both teams tasted defeat in their final pre-season games with Dover losing 3-0 at Maidstone United while the Magpies were beaten at home by the same margin by York City.

Nothing could separate the two sides last season with both games finishing in draws, but manager Andy Hessenthaler’s line-up will have a very different look about it from the one that drew at Meadow Lane in January.

Just four of the starting side that day, Oscar Gobern, Steven Rigg, Will De Havilland and Josh Passley, remain at the club, along with Jack Munns and Paul Rooney, who were both substitutes.

Our opponents, who lost in the play-off final against Harrogate Town, have also had a summer of change with a number of players leaving the club, including Kristian Dennis, who scored 14 goals last season,  a total which included a last-minute equaliser in this corresponding fixture last October.

Notts Player to Watch  

Forward Kyle Wooton was Notts’ top-scorer last season with 15 goals.

Previous Meetings  

5th October 2019 – Dover Athletic 2 – 2 Notts County

18th January 2020 – Notts County 0 – 0 Dover Athletic

Coverage 

This game will be played behind closed doors; however, you can watch the game for £8 thanks to our new live streaming service from DAFCtv.

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

 Saturday’s Other National League Fixtures  

Altrincham V Weymouth

Barnet V Eastleigh

FC Halifax Town V Dagenham & Redbridge

Hartlepool United V Aldershot Town

Sutton United V Maidenhead United

Torquay United V Stockport County

Wealdstone V Chesterfield

Woking V Solihull Moors

Wrexham V Boreham Wood

SPITFIRES MATCH CALLED OFF

Today’s match away to Eastleigh has been postponed following a pitch inspection this morning.

A new date for the National League match at The Silverlake Stadium will be announced in due course.