Dover are mathematically still in contention to win the fifth and final play-off place ahead of the long trip to Barrow AFC for Saturday’s final game of the regular season.
However, the odds on doing that are stacked against boss Chris Kinnear’s side with fifth-placed Aldershot Town having a three-point cushion and the Hampshire side are also six goals better off than Whites.
It leaves Dover needing to win convincingly at the Furness Building Society Stadium and hope that struggling Braintree Town win at Aldershot.
Kinnear insists his players will fight until the final whistle sounds.
He said: ” We have one game to go and anything can happen – there could well be a twist in the tale because football can be a funny old game at times.
“Who knows if we can do it? We’ll go there, give it a real go and see what happens.”
BARROW’S RECENT FORM
Byron Harrison and Akil Wright scored for the Bluebirds in a 2-0 win at relegation-haunted Braintree last Saturday.
Harrison struck on the half hour mark before Wright fired home five minutes later.
Those three points leave Barrow one point behind Dover.
20/08/16 Dover 3-1 Barrow
Striker Ross Lafayette (pictured above in action against Barrow) continued his perfect start at Crabble, scoring in his third consecutive game since arriving from Eastleigh as Dover cruised to victory.
There was no confusion about the second goal when Lafayette scored 11 minutes into the second half after he raced onto Jack Parkinson’s long ball and fired past goalkeeper Joel Dixon.
Sam Magri then headed home a pin point cross from Thomas, his first goal for the club.
Ross Hannah grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot after he was bundled over in the area by goalkeeper Steve Arnold.
21/11/15 Dover 3-1 Barrow
08/08/15 Barrow 2-1 Dover
Ricky Miller’s penalty in the 2-2 draw with Macclesfield at Crabble on Tuesday night made it 37 goals for league’s top-scorer and Player-of-the-Year.
Lafayette also netted and now has 12 for the season while Moses Emmanuel has 11.
Barrow’s leading marksman is Byron Harrison with 19.
DOVER TEAM NEWS
Assistant manager Jake Leberl confirmed on Thursday evening Tyrone Sterling (hamstring) and Ricky Modeste (leg) are both doubtful ahead of the trip to Cumbria.
For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Barrow by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their yellow shirts.
The game starts at 12:15pm but if you are unable to make the near 750-mile round trip to Barrow, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!
Coverage starts from 11.15am.
SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES
Aldershot Town v Braintree Town
Chester v Boreham Wood
Dagenham & Redbridge v Woking
Eastleigh v Wrexham
Gateshead v Bromley
Guiseley v Solihull Moore
Maidstone United v Tranmere Rovers
Southport v Lincoln City
Torquay United v North Ferriby United
York City v Forest Green Rovers
There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Maidstone’s Gallagher Stadium for the final of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup between Dover and Welling on Monday 1st May and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.
It leaves Crabble at 1pm and the cost is as follows:
Adults Members £12, Adult Non Members £25 and accompanied child (under 16) £5.
Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat or see him in the Centre Spot on Saturday.
Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.
Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.