The wet weather could not dampen Dover’s spirit as they battled to a 2-0 victory over a Maidenhead team who are flirting close to the relegation trapdoor. *Q1*
Dover boss Chris Kinnear was satisfied with his team’s efforts on the night. ‘They did ok today, I thought we played better in the games where we dropped points and should have won. We looked nervous at the start, but the lads are under pressure and myself Jake have been a little bit uptight as we are all desperate to do well.’
‘It was very, very important that we won tonight and nice to keep a clean sheet as well. It was not long ago they only lost to Grimsby 2-1 in the Trophy. They play open football and make it difficult. I thought we super organised tonight.’
He added ‘There was only going to be one winner. We could have had a hatful again. It was a good home win and hopefully it is the start of many more.’
A second half header from in form Jeff Goulding and a real collector’s item from Tom Wynter from a free kick sealed the win for whites. It was ironic that one player that cannot stop scoring and one that never scores were the heroes on the night. Nevertheless, Kinnear was full of praise for the duo.
‘We have a lad who is popping goals in and we have him here for next season’ said the boss of Goulding, who has notched seven in his first 4 games. ‘He is scoring a goal a game at the minute and we were talking to him for a long time. I am surprised that they let him go. Though we are always looking to strengthen; the squad is shaping up nicely.’ *Lpic1*
Discussing Wynter’s first goal for the club, ‘I am really pleased for Tom, as for the last few weeks he has been really focused. We had a chat about next season and where we are looking to go and it seemed to put his mind at rest. He his 23 and with all the young lads, we want them to stay and move up with us so we can build a team and I can’t see any of the young lads wanting to leave at the moment.’
Crabble was not among the four Skrill South matches to fall foul of the weather, mainly in thanks to the chairman and his new blotter. ‘ I thought that there would be no way the game would be on but the pitch was great’, beamed Kinnear, ‘everyone helped clear the surface water and though it was a bit heavy, it was nice and firm and well worth getting the game on.’*Lpic2*
The aptly named Bath City are due in town for a visit to Crabble on Saturday, in what is a another must win game for Dover against a team sitting 4th in the table and have won their last three games.
Kinnear explained how he was able to scout his latest opponents. ‘The chairman was in Bath with his wife on Saturday and offered to watch them – So I asked him to write a report. He scanned it over and it was decent to be fair. It was really nice of him to do that, but we have known each other a long time and I always ask him for his opinion – If we win 4-0 though, Jim will say it was down to him!’
Dover has a clean bill of health for the game with Nathan Elder back from a three match ban and Ricky Modeste coming through Saturday’s game with no adverse reaction to his recent injury.