Boss Chris Kinnear will be hoping his side can extend their five-game unbeaten run when they tackle Bromley at home in Saturday’s all-Kent fourth qualifying round tie.
But a tough task lies ahead for Dover with the Ravens winning two of their last three matches at Crabble, including a 2-1 victory back in August.
Should Athletic progress, It will be the fifth consecutive season they have qualified for the first round proper.
Neil Smith’s team will be looking to go one better in the competition this time around, having lost to 4-2 Braintree Town at the same stage last year.
BROMLEY’S RECENT FORM
GATESHEAD 1-2 BROMLEY
Neil Smith’s team completed a remarkable turnaround with 10 minutes remaining to take all three points at the Heed.
Sub Richard Peniket crossed for Danny Johnson to head the home side in-front on 64 minutes.
But the visitors hit back with Louis Dennis converting from the spot six minutes from full-time, following a foul by Scott Barrow on Jack Holland in the area.
And deep into injury time, sub Brett Williams headed the visitors ahead to ensure victory for the Kent side.
09/08/17: WHITES 1-2 BROMLEY
Whites were unable to extend their winning league start after losing their first Kent derby of the season 2-1 at Crabble on a Tuesday evening.
Joshua Rees slotted Bromley in front midway through the first-half and a quick breakaway strike from Louis Dennis extended the visitor’s lead after the break.
Connor Essam saw his header cleared off the line and seconds later the ball was in the back of the net at the other end of the pitch.
Iffy Allen started a swift counter-attack that ended with Dennis passing the ball underneath home stopper Mitch Walker’s body to double the away team’s advantage.
An own goal from David Gregory gave Whites hope after substitute Kadell Daniel’s free-kick struck the underside of the bar and went in off the unfortunate keeper.
But the visiting goalie redeemed himself moments later with a flying save to deny Daniel from a tight angle as Whites were unable to find an equaliser.
OTHER LEAGUE MEETINGS
18/03/17: Dover 1-0 Bromley
25/10/16: Bromley 0-2 Dover
28/12/15: Dover 2-3 Bromley
Prices are as follows:
Adults – £17
Over 60’s – £14
Under 18’s – £8
Under 11’s – Free (With an accompanying result).
Tickets can still be purchased on the day but supporters should note that this match IS segregated.
The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!
Coverage starts from 2pm.
OTHER EMIRATES FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES
AFC FYLDE V WREXHAM
AFC TELFORD UNITED V FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER
ALDERSHOT TOWN V TORQUAY UNITED
BATH CITY V CHELMSFORD CITY
BRACKLEY TOWN V BILLERICAY TOWN
BURGESS HILL TOWN V DARTFORD
BUXTON V GATESHEAD
CHORLEY V BOSTON UNITED
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V LEYTON ORIENT
EAST THURROCK UNITED V EBBSFLEET UNITED
EASTLEIGH V HEREFORD FC
FC HALIFAX TOWN V TRANMERE ROVERS
GUISELEY V SHILDON
HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH V TRURO CITY
HARINGEY BOROUGH V HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS
HARROGATE TOWN V GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS V CHESTER FC
MAIDENHEAD UNITED V HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE
MAIDSTONE UNITED V ENFIELD TOWN
MARGATE V LEATHERHEAD
NANTWICH TOWN V KETTERING TOWN
OXFORD CITY V BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
PAULTON ROVERS V SUTTON UNITED
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC V HYDE UNITED
SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION V BARROW
SLOUGH TOWN V FOLKESTONE INVICTA
SOLIHULL MOORS V OSSETT TOWN
SOUTH SHIELDS V HARTLEPOOL UNITED
ST ALBANS CITY V BOREHAM WOOD
STOURBRIDGE V MACCLESFIELD TOWN
WOKING V CONCORD RANGERS
There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Gateshead on Saturday 28th October and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.
It leaves Crabble at 6:15am and the costs are as follows:
Adults members £40, adult non-members £55 and accompanied child (under 16) £20.
Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the games against Bromley, Maidenhead or Woking.
Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or via bank transfer.