Dover boss Chris Kinnear has no intention of treating Monday’s National League showdown at play-off chasing rivals Aldershot Town any differently to any other game his team plays.
Whites head to the EEB Stadium one place and two points clear of their Hampshire opponents, but Kinnear is not about to start getting carried away by those statistics.
He says he sees it as just another game. “It is not all about Monday. It’s just another game as far as we are all concerned.
“You cannot afford to start thinking about what might be – that can hurt you.
“I ensure that we take each game as it comes, I know it’s an old cliché, but it’s so true in my book and always has been.
“We’ll be treating it like any other game. We’ll be playing to win regardless of who we are playing.”
ALDERSHOT’S RECENT FORM:
The Shots, who are unbeaten in 10 games at home, drew 2-2 at Tranmere Rovers on Good Friday.
Matt McClure gave Aldershot an early lead, but strikes from Cole Stockton and Connor Jennings put Rovers in front, before Bernard Mensah pulled the visitors level before the break.
29/08/16 Dover 1-2 Aldershot
Aldershot won their first game on the road this season courtesy of former Dover midfielder Liam Bellamy.
Bellamy, who left Crabble last summer, headed home just before the interval to double the visitors lead after Shamir Fenelon had fired the Shots ahead in the 21st minute.
Ross Lafayette’s stunning free-kick pulled one back in the second half, but Dover were unable complete a comeback and slumped to their second consecutive defeat.
05/12/15 Dover 5-2 Aldershot
18/08/15 Aldershot 1-1 Dover
03/03/15 Aldershot 3-1 Dover
Ricky Miller remains top scorer in the National League and struck his 36th of the season at home to Southport on Friday.
Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.
Aldershot’s leading marksman is Scott Rendell with 12.
DOVER TEAM NEWS:
Manager Chris Kinnear expects to have a fully fit squad to pick from.
James Hurst and Richard Orlu (both leg) were taken off on Friday as a precaution and should be fit.
For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Aldershot by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their blue shirts.
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.
MONDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES
Barrow v North Ferriby United
Chester v Woking
Dagenham & Redbridge v Sutton United
Eastleigh v Bromley
Gateshead v Lincoln City
Guiseley v Tranmere Rovers
Macclesfield Town v Solihull Moors
Southport v Forest Green Rovers
Torquay United v Braintree Town
York City v Wrexham