DOVER will be hoping to improve their fortunes at the Moss Rose when we head to Cheshire on Tuesday to tackle Macclesfield Town in a re-arranged National League match.
The Silkmen led 1-0 in the original game on November 26 before the game was abandoned in the second half due to heavy fog.
But the 528-mile round trip to the venue had not been the best of hunting grounds for boss Chris Kinnear and his sides before Mother Nature intervened last year.
Whites had not scored in their past two games at the venue before the November showdown and have headed home with just a single point out of a possible six.
WHAT MACCLESFIELD ARE SAYING
Assistant manager Steve Watson speaking to the Macclesfield Town website said the squad is full of confidence heading into the rematch.
He said: “I think Dover will be fully aware we were playing very well on the night. They might set up a little bit differently or approach it a little bit differently, but from our point of view with the way we started we’d like to go and do exactly the same.
“No two games are the same though and we don’t know what they’re going to be like with their team, the way they set up.
“We’ll be going into the match with confidence though certainly, from the second-halves of the two games we’ve just had especially.”
Macclesfield were without a game last weekend due to the FA Cup fixtures, having missed out on the opportunity after the defeat to League One side Oxford.
MACCLESFIELD’S RECENT FORM
The Silkmen beat second-place Tranmere Rovers 4-2 at Moss Rose last time out on New Year’s Day.
13/09/14: Dover Athletic 0-1 Macclesfield Town
18/10/14: Macclesfield Town 1-0 Dover Athletic
17/10/15: Dover Athletic 2-1 Macclesfield Town
12/04/16: Macclesfield Town 0-0 Dover Athletic
Whites’ top scorer in the league this season is Ricky Miller with 25 following his penalty in the 2-2 draw with York City at Crabble on Saturday
Miller’s strike partners Ross Lafayette and Moses Emmanuel are also both in double figures after both scored in the 4-1 win at Maidstone on New Year’s Day.
Emmanuel’s double sees him on 11 goals while Lafayette has 10 to his name.
Chris Holroyd is Macclesfield’s top marksman in the league with nine goals.
Assistant boss Jake Leberl says all players are fit for the trip north.
Meanwhile, Macclesfield have signed goalkeeper Scott Flinders on a free transfer after he left York City by mutual consent on Thursday.
The 30-year-old spent time on loan with the Silkmen earlier this season between September and October.
Macclesfield have also signed striker Anthony Dudley on loan from Bury.
For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Macclesfield by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their yellow shirts.
Macclesfield Town have confirmed all supporters with a valid match ticket for the original fixture are able to attend Tuesday’s game for free.
For those without a valid ticket from the original fixture, standard ticket prices apply for the game.
The game starts at 7.45pm but if you are unable to make the long trip north, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText - follow us and get all the news as it happens!
Coverage starts from 7pm.
TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES
Barrow v Southport
Braintree Town v Sutton United
Eastleigh v Forest Green Rovers
The Supporters Club are running a coach to the National League games at Macclesfield Town and Lincoln City.
Details for both are as follows:
Macclesfield Town (Tuesday, January 10)
Coach leaves Crabble at 12.45pm and the cost is
Adults Members £30, Adult Non Members £35 and accompanied child (under 16) £10.
Lincoln City (Friday, January 20)
Thanks to a generous donation by local businessman and huge Dover Athletic fan Nick Cunningham– who owns Nick Cunningham Plumbing and Heating Engineers, based in Sandwich –seats on the coach are being sold at a reduced price.
We thank Nick for his kind gesture and hope that fans take advantage of his generosity.
Coach leaves Crabble at 1pm and the cost is:
Adults Members £10, Adult Non Members £20 and accompanied child (under 16) £5.
Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seats.