Category: Academy News

VIDEO: MATCH REACTION

Dover Athletic Academy Manager Mike Sandmann spoke to media team volunteer Bradley Kesby after the 1-0 win against Hungerford Town in our first National League South game at Crabble this season on Saturday.

Alfie Pavey’s second-half header from Luke Wanadio’s cross secured our first win of the campaign.

Andy Hessenthaler was serving the second game of a two-match touchline ban so Sandmann was again in the dugout.

Dover: Sandford, Judd, Paxman, Krasniqi (Baptiste 66mins), Brundle, Higgs, Pavey, Wanadio, Martin, Sterling, Kandi (Agbebi 85mins). Subs not used: Goodman, Carney, Nikaj.

 

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS HUNGERFORD TOWN

We start our National League South home campaign this afternoon when Hungerford Town visits Crabble for the first time (3pm).

The Berkshire-based Crusaders arrive in Kent on the back of a 1-0 defeat against visiting Concord Rangers last Saturday with former White Ricky Modeste scoring the goal in the season opener.

Captain Lee Martin (pictured) scored our goal to earn a share of the points after a 1-1 draw at Worthing a week ago.

Andy Hessenthaler won’t be in the dugout for Whites again with Academy manager Mike Sandmannonce again deputising as the manager serves the second of a two-game ban following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, defender Will Moses, midfielder George Wilkinson, and forward Reece Grant will all miss the game through injury.

COVERAGE 

The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make it, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this game can be purchased at the turnstile only.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £16

Over 60 – £14

Under 18 – £8

Under 11s continue to be free with paying adult

PROGRAMME

You can download your COYW digital matchday magazine for the game HERE

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

Braintree Town v Havant & Waterlooville
Chippenham Town v Chelmsford City
Concord Rangers v Taunton Town
Dartford v Cheshunt
Eastbourne Borough v Bath City
Farnborough v Dulwich Hamlet
Hampton & Richmond v Hemel Hempstead Town
Slough Town v Tonbridge Angels
St Albans City v Oxford City
Welling United v Worthing
Weymouth v Ebbsfleet United

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Defender Tyrone Sterling spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 1-1 draw at Worthing in our National League South opener on Saturday.

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Andy Hessenthaler spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 1-1 draw at Worthing in our National League South opener on Saturday.

Jake Robinson gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead before captain Lee Martin equalised eight minutes before half-time.

Ollie Pearce fired wide from the penalty spot for Worthing four minutes into the second half and it needed an excellent save from Harrison Male to deny Tyrone Sterling from scoring a late winner for Dover two minutes from time.

MATCH PREVIEW: WORTHING VS DOVER ATHLETIC

Dover begins life in the National League South with a trip to fellow league newcomers Worthing on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Our hosts won promotion last season as Champions of the Isthmian Premier Division, finishing 10 points ahead of their nearest challengers, Bishop Stortford.

Andy Hessenthaler won’t be in the dugout for Whites as the manager will be serving the first of his two-game ban following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.

He will be replaced by Academy manager Mike Sandmann (pictured), who has been at training with the team this week.

A LOOK AT OUR OPPONENTS

Worthing has been busy over the summer, bringing in eight players.

The most notable signings are Adam El Abd and Jake Robinson from Whitehawk and Dartford, respectively. Both players were regulars at Brighton & Hove Albion for a number of years, with El Abd hitting 300 games during his 11-year spell at the club.

Dan Bowry has also joined the club from King’s Lynn Town. He brings a lot of National League experience having played 20 times for The Linnets last season.

Also joining the club includes the likes of Kane Willis and Callum Kealy from Dorking Wanderers, Charlie Towning from Eastbourne Borough, Lewis White from Carshalton Athletic, and Nodirbek Bobomurodov from Hungerford Town.

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and defender Will Moses will miss the game through injury while midfielder George Wilkinson is suspended following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.

Millwall loanee Ryan Sandford will replace Nelson in the starting line-up.

DOVER COLOURS

For fans heading to the game wanting to wear the same shirts as the players, we will be wearing our new home kit.

COVERAGE

The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

Please note that there will be no coverage of the game on Twitter @DAFCLiveText 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available to buy in advance HERE

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

Bath City vs Dartford

Chelmsford City vs St Albans City

Cheshunt vs Hampton & Richmond Borough

Dulwich Hamlet vs Braintree Town

Ebbsfleet United vs Chippenham Town

Havant & Waterlooville vs Farnborough

Hungerford Town vs Concord Rangers

Oxford City vs Eastbourne Borough

Taunton Town vs Welling United

Weymouth vs Tonbridge Angels

ALEX GETS THE GREEN-LIGHT

Dover Athletic is delighted to announce that Academy graduate Alex Green has put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with the club.

The 19-year-old defender made his National League debut as a second-half substitute against Boreham Wood at Crabble last August before a foot injury ruled him out for the season.

Green, the former Academy captain, proved his fitness during pre-season and has now earned his opportunity.

He joins fellow Academy graduates Will Moses, Noah Carney, Harrison Byford, George Nikaj, Luke Baptiste, and George Wilkinson in Andy Hessenthaler’s squad

Congratulations Alex and all the very best for the season.

If you would like to sponsor Alex’s home or away playing shirts for the 2022/23 season then please email enquiries@doverathletic.com for details.

MATCH PREVIEW: DEAL TOWN VS DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad is on the road for the first time in their pre-season campaign when they make the short trip to the Charles Ground to play hosts Deal Town at 7.45pm on Tuesday.

Whites started the season with a 2-0 win against Gillingham at Crabble on Saturday thanks to goals from debutant Jordan Higgs and Arjanit Krasniqi.

The Hoops have played three games in their pre-season schedule, losing against visiting Charlton Athletic (2-6), before back-to-back wins against a young Gills XI (3-0) and away at Lydd Town (4-3) last Saturday

Admission Details

Adults – £5

Concessions – £3

Under 18s – Free

Gates, as well as the bar, will be open from 6.30pm.

Last Meeting 

20th July 2021 – Deal Town 0 – 3 Dover Athletic

Whites’ Upcoming Pre-Season Fixtures

  • 12th July: Deal Town vs Dover Athletic 
  • 16th July: Margate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 20th July: Dover Athletic vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 23rd July: Larkfield & New Hythe FC vs Dover Athletic
  • 27th July: Ramsgate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 30th July: Folkestone Invicta vs Dover Athletic

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

We play host to League 2 opposition this Saturday when manager Andy Hessenthaler’s new-look squad starts its pre-season campaign against Gillingham at Crabble.

The game will give fans their first opportunity to see summer signings Jordan Higgs, Alfie Paxman, Luke Wanadio, Reece Grant, Alfie Pavey, Stuart Nelson, Tyrone Sterling,  Arjanit Krasniqi, Mitch Brundle, and Lee Martin, in action.

The squad started pre-season training last week.

Gills, managed by Hessenthaler’s good friend Neil Harris, have played two games already.

They won 2-0 at Folkestone Invicta last Saturday before a very young Gills side lost 3-0 at Deal Town on Tuesday night.

The game kicks off at 1pm and admission is as follows:

Adults:  £10

Concessions:  £5

Under 11s: Free with a paying adult

Season ticket holders:  Free

CARNEY EARNS CONTRACT

Dover Athletic is delighted to announce that Academy striker Noah Carney has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old England Schoolboys International made nine National League appearances for manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side last season.

He also scored 15 goals in 10 games for Mike Sandmann’s Academy team.

Carney joins fellow Academy players Harrison Byford, George Nikaj, Luke Baptiste, and George Wilkinson in the senior squad.

Congratulations Noah and all the very best for the upcoming season.

If you would like to sponsor Noah’s home or away playing shirts for the 2022/23 season then please email enquiries@doverathletic.com for details.

 

ACADEMY DUO SIGN

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce that Academy teenagers George Nikaj and Harrison Byford have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

The pair both got their first taste of senior football with manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side last season.

Right-back Byford, 18, made his debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 National League defeat at FC Halifax Town on March 12.

He went on to make a further five appearances.

Forward Nikaj, 19, made his senior debut as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 National League draw with Kings Lynn Town at Crabble on April 2.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 4-1 defeat against Woking at Crabble and made six appearances all up.

Byford and Nikaj join fellow Academy players Noah Carney, Luke Baptiste, and George Wilkinson in the senior squad.

Congratulations Harrison and George!!