Dover will be aiming to progress to the quarter finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy for the third time in four seasons when they host Justin Edinburgh’s side on Saturday.
Whites have played both previous rounds at Crabble, beating National South Eastbourne Borough (3-0) and Evo-Stik Premier Marine (4-3) to reach this stage.
The O’s are on the road for the third consecutive time in this competition, having knocked out Essex Senior League Haringey Borough (2-1) and National South Bognor Regis (2-1) to set up Saturday’s tie.
PLEASE NOTE THE GAME IS SEGREGATED
LEYTON ORIENT’S RECENT FORM
30/01/18: FC HALIFAX 1-2 LEYTON ORIENT
Orient secured their first win of 2018 with a crucial win at the Shay.
Macauley Bonne fired the visitors ahead on 18 minutes, collecting Dan Holman’s pass and firing past Sam Johnson in the Halifax goal.
Bonne headed narrowly over, but it was the hosts who levelled shortly after the half hour mark.
Josh MacDonald’s cross caused mayhem in the O’s box, allowing Tom Denton to fire in from close range.
But the away side were back in front six minutes later thanks to Josh Koroma. The midfielder drilled past Johnson for his second goal of the campaign.
Bonne set Jobi McAnuff clear in injury time, but Halifax’s stopper stood strong to deny the winger.
18/11/17 LEYTON ORIENT 1-1 DOVER
Mitch Walker’s spectacular late save preserved a hard-earned point for Whites at a rain-swept Brisbane Road.
Athletic’s keeper blocked Macaulay Bonne’s point-black header from six yards with his legs as Chris Kinnear’s men extended their unbeaten league run to ten matches.
Nortei Nortey had curled the visitors ahead in the first half, but a deflected effort from Craig Clay 12 minutes from time had the O’s level.
The away side almost made the perfect start for when James Alabi bore down on goal following a mistake by Joe Widdowson, but home keeper Sam Sargeant, a late addition to the starting line-up after Orient’s first choice stopper Charlie Grainger injured himself in the warmup, denied the striker with his feet.
But Kinnear’s men were not to be kept out for long and Nortey collected Alabi’s pass and fired past a diving Sargeant much to the delight of the 537 travelling fans.
Dover keeper Walker tipped away Bonne’s header from a corner, but a goalmouth scramble ensued with Zimbabwe international Bonne poking an effort towards goal with Connor Essam clearing off the line.
But Leyton Orient’s pressure finally paid off as Clay run onto James Brophy’s pass and found the net from inside the box via a deflection in spite of Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s best efforts to keep the ball out.
And the home team, with caretaker boss Russ Embleton in charge following the dismissal of Steve Davis as manager earlier in the week, almost snatched a late winner as Bonne leapt highest to meet James Dayton’s ball into the box, only to be denied by Walker.
Jobi McAnuff fired a free-kick narrowly over in injury time as Dover kept their place at the top of the table, one point clear of Wrexham in second spot.
Prices are as follows:
Adults – £17
Over 60’s – £14
Under 18’s – £8
Under 11’s – Free (With an accompanying adult)
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.
SATURDAY’S OTHER FA TROPHY & NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES
BRACKLEY TOWN v SUTTON UNITED
HARROGATE TOWN v BILLERICAY TOWN
MAIDENHEAD UNITED v STOCKPORT COUNTY
MAIDSTONE UNITED v GATESHEAD
SPENNYMOOR TOWN v EAST THURROCK UNITED
WEALDSTONE v WARRINGTON TOWN
WORKINGTON v BROMLEY
AFC FYLDE v EASTLEIGH
FC HALIFAX TOWN v DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
GUISELEY v WREXHAM
TORQUAY UNITED v BARROW
TRANMERE ROVERS v EBBSFLEET UNITED
There is a coach travelling to Solihull Moors on Saturday 17th February and it is not too late to book your space on it.
It departs Crabble at 9:15am and the the prices are as follows:
Adult members £25, adult non-members £40 and accompanied child (Under 16) £10.
Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the matches against Leyton Orient or Sutton.
Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or via bank transfer.