Category: Club News

INCOMINGS AND OUTGOINGS AS JOSH AJAYI PUTS PEN TO PAPER

Brundle bolsters his forward line with latest signing but others set to leave. 

With Jack Paxman and David Boateng coming through the door the gaffer had wasted no time in bringing in more reinforcements. Josh Ajayi signs a deal with the Whites from Ramsgate amidst interest from Tottenham Hotspur and League Two Stevenage. It’s a deal which will run till the end of the current campaign with an option to extend into next season.

The 19-year-old, who’s scored 17 league goals for the Rams this season, had been invited back for a second week of training with Tottenham under-23s but despite the interest has decided to stay on the south coast. Ajayi had previously been at Crystal Palace in the under-18’s and then had trials at both QPR and Cardiff before finding his feet with Ramsgate.

Welcome to Crabble, Josh.

Dover are now willing to listen to offers for Alfie Pavey and Luke Wanadio with the pair both being transfer listed, while Chike Kandi will be released by mutual consent.

 

BOATENG BOLSTERS BACKLINE

David Boateng pens a loan move until the end of the current campaign.

David Boateng has joined the Whites on a temporary loan deal which will run until the end of the season. The Eagles man will link up with the squad and could well be in the running to make his debut as early as Saturday against Hemel Hempstead Town.

Playing mainly in the full-back role but with the ability to fill in in midfield, he became a regular for the Crystal Palace Under-18s before moving up to the Development side, with no player appearing more during the U18s’ Professional Development League victory in 2017/18. His importance to Shaun Derry’s Under-23s was demonstrated by starting the last 12 games of the 2020/21 season, as Palace’s managed to seal promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1 via the play-offs. In 2021/22, David Boateng made 19 appearances for Paddy McCarthy’s U23s, including three appearances in the Papa John’s Trophy.

He made the first-team bench in the Carabao Cup tie against Oxford United in August 2022. In September 2022, on transfer deadline day, he joined Scottish Championship side Queen’s Park on loan until the turn of the new year.

Welcome to Crabble, David.

TRAVEL TO HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN FC

The supporters club are running a coach to our match tomorrow.

We have confirmed that a coach will be going to Hemel Hempstead on Saturday. Seats can be booked by calling or texting 07934 300335 or by emailing dasccoaches@gmail.com.

We hope to see as many of you there as we can.

COYW

WHITES ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Dover head north as once again we hit the road, this time to Hemel Hempstead.

The Whites face Hemel Hempstead Town in the Vanarama National South tomorrow, looking to get back to winning ways after tasting defeat in our last outing. With new additions coming straight into the squad, the gaffer will be looking for a much better performance following the 4-0 defeat to Tonbridge Angels.

‘We have a fully fit squad to choose from but be prepared for changes to be made, that’s for certain. We beat them 4-0 earlier in the season so they will have something to prove against us,’ said Brundle in the build up to the game.

Hopefully we can get a good support to get behind the boys as we look to take another three points.

Unfortunately there will be no DAFCLive Text updates but there will be some updates on the official Twitter page @DoverAthletic

Individual matchday prices are as follows:

  • Adult: £15

  • Concessions: £10

  • Under 18s: £5

For anyone wishing to travel to the game, please see the below:

 Stadium: Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 4HW

Travelling by car

M25 – Leave at junction 21 for M1  North

M1 – Leave at junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead

A41 – Leave at Hemel Hempstead

Nearest Train Station: Hemel Hempstead

The stadium is a 45 min walk from the station or a 6-8 min ride in a taxi.

WORTHING TIKKA MASALA – VIP CURRY NIGHT AT CRABBLE

Watch the Whites take on Worthing in style with our midweek curry night.

Bookings are still being taken for our curry night in the VIP Platinum Suite for our National League South game against Worthing at Crabble on the 31st January.

This package costs £15 (plus the price of a matchday ticket for any non-season ticket holders) and on the menu will be chicken curry with rice and naan bread.

A vegetarian curry will also be available.

The experience includes:

  • A one-course meal served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus a dedicated paid bar before and after the match

  • Complimentary matchday team sheet

Arrival at the ground should be at 6pm and food will be served at  6.15pm.

There are only 64 spaces available, so all tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

The dress code is smart casual.

To book and watch the match from the best seats in the house, call the office on 01304 822373, email gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com or pop into our main reception during office hours.

Payment is required at the time of booking.

THE MANAGERS REACTION

Mitch Brundle’s thoughts on the Tonbridge defeat.

We were just poor. No sugar coating around it. Man to man, eleven v eleven, their eleven was better than ours. We had a couple of players who really gave it a go whereas I don’t believe the others did. I gave them the treatment at half time, like most managers would and they came out for five minutes and were fantastic but we never really gave ourselves a chance to be in the game. In the first half we were 2-0 down before we had even got a foothold in the game, which is disappointing.

We dictated the play for large portions of the match but we just lacked that bit of penetration or the final threaded ball. We lacked the will and the want to actually run past players. Just really disappointed. I stand on the sides like the fans do and it hurts me because I am watching what they are watching and that team doesn’t represent me and that’s what I am most disappointed about.

Up till now the team have performed to a certain standard and I couldn’t really change the starting eleven. They performed against Ebbsfleet, Taunton and Hungerford, where we were undone by a freak goal from the wind. Last night just proves that deep down I know what is needed with this team and this is why there will be new additions. I have inherited this squad and the squads done well up till now but we haven’t really found that consistency. Myself and the chairman are working as hard as we can, day in day out, to try and out to the squad but when we do eventually add to the team that will mean players will have to go out.

For me it’s now time to stamp my authority on the team and as much as I hate losing, at this stage it has probably done me the world of good as now we can change the philosophy and how we want to play, the personnel I want to play, for three games I couldn’t question the lads hunger and desire.

Looking ahead to Hemel Hempstead Town.

We have a fully fit squad to choose from but be prepared for changes to be made, that’s for certain. We beat them 4-0 earlier in the season so they will have something to prove against us. In football I never like to say it but only poor teams bounce back. I want my team to be consistent throughout the season but at the moment I will be asking them to bounce back. There will be additions and changes to the squad, there will be a change to the team and I hope that we can put on a performance that will be as far away as possible of that from Tuesday night. Their manager has come in and done fantastically well, but we will try and implement our game plan and hopefully our new additions will make sure of that.

 

 

 

PAXMAN LOOKS TO SEAL LOAN MOVE

Mitch Brundle looks to bolster his squad with midfield options.

Dover are hopeful in securing Jack Paxman on a loan deal until the end of the season, pending FA and National League clearance. Paxman spent almost five seasons in total with Maidstone, playing regularly in the National League for them, amassing more than 150 appearances and becoming their longest-serving player in the process by the time of his departure across Kent to Ebbsfleet United.

Assured, calm and confident on the ball, Paxman is regarded as one of the foremost technical players in the league and earned the Supporters’ Player of the Year award in his first season at Ebbsfleet.

Paxman has scored four goals in 55 appearances for the Fleet and will hopefully be strutting his stuff soon at Crabble. There is a possibility of more incomings over the next couple of days as well as players moving in the other direction as the manager begins to shape his squad.

TONBRIDGE ANGELS 4 DOVER ATHLETIC 0

Dover continue their terrible record on artificial pitches with defeat in Tonbridge.

On a crisp night in Tonbridge it was the hosts who burst out of the traps the quickest. With just seven minutes on the clock Joe Turner scored to round off a neat move down Dover’s left hand side. The ball was won back in the midfield for Angels by Gard before a slide rule pass cut through Dover’s defence and Turner was in the middle waiting for the delivery which was straight into his path. The Angels midfielder took one touch, steadied himself and fired past Stuart Nelson in the Dover goal.

It could have been even worse for the Whites had Nelson not made a smart save in the third minute down to his near post. Dover looked to regain their composure after the early set back and began to string some neat passes together until the impressive Turner picked up a loose ball and sprinted down the right flank before bending in a superb cross for Jordan Greenidge to swoop down and header home. All of a sudden Mitch Brundle’s men had a mountain to climb after only fifteen minutes.

Dover’s first real chance of the game came in the 27th minute when Noah Carney dispossessed the Angels back line just inside his own half, driving towards the opposition goal and with just one defender to beat, found his shot block by the covering full back when it looked like he had already done the hard work. It was a positive sign for the Whites as Tonbridge had seemingly backed off to allow the away side to start to dominate possession with Jordan Higgs and Lee Martin getting on the ball and trying to make things happen.

Higgs was at the centre of it again, this time the saviour, clearing off his own line just moments before half time with Nelson well beaten. Heading in 2-0 down was going to be a slightly easier team talk for Brundle than 3-0 but nevertheless the gaffer’s first Vanarama South half time was going to need to be rousing one.

The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with the hosts nearly catching Dover cold with a rasping shot by Gard that just sailed over the crossbar. Myles Judd then took things into his own hands, bursting into the Angels penalty area and what looked like a simple ball back across the six yard box was instead fired into the side netting. It was a real sliding doors moment and would prove a costly decision as just seconds later Greenidge rounded Nelson to score his second of the night and Tonbridge Angels third.

With a flurry of substitutions made by both sides, Dover looked to get back into the tie. A neat cross by Alfie Paxman was headed straight into the hands of Henley by Martin but it was bread and butter for the home goalkeeper. At the other end, Nelson was again called into action when substitute Wood tried to beat the Dover custodian with the outside of his boot but the stopper was equal to it and pushed it away for a corner.

The gaffers philosophy with the team was clear to see with a possession based approach from Dover, who held the lion share of the ball in the second period but it was in the final third that the ball needed to be looked after and with the Whites trying to squeeze the game, Tonbridge, who were now playing on the counter attack, broke through the defence and in the final minute put the tie to bed with a neat finish by Wood.

The referee then signalled that the game was over and the home side had run out comfortable winners. A 4-0 defeat is not ideal but Rome wasn’t built in a day and we go again at the weekend when we travel to Hemel Hempstead. Better go and grab those shovels, lads.

COYW.

Dover Athletic: Nelson, Judd, Paxman, Sterling, Goodman, Higgs, Martin, Baptiste, Wanadio, Pavey, Carney

Subs: Wilkinson, Kandi, Agbebi, Byford, Driver

Tonbridge Angels: Henley, Fielding, Braham – Barrett, Parkinson, Miles, Gard, Greenidge, Turner, Hinds, Aransibia, Wagstaff

Subs: Swift, Wood, Gibb, Soares – Junior, Fagg

Attendance: 661

 

UP NEXT – WHITES TAKE ON THE ANGELS

Dover head to Tonbridge for a midweek encounter.

We make the relatively short trip to Tonbridge tomorrow evening to face Tonbridge Angels in the Vanarama National South. Mitch Brundle will be looking to get his tenure off to a positive start after a disappointing weekend, with the match against Havant & Waterlooville being postponed at the last minute. But in football you never look back, always forward.

Tonbridge will pose a threat having beaten St Albans away in their last outing 3 – 2. Angels sit 5 places and six points higher in the table but the Whites will be looking to avenge the 2 – 1 defeat earlier on in the campaign.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Longmead Stadium.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult (18 & over) £15.00
  • Senior/Concession (65 & over) £12.00
  • Youth (12 to 17) £6.00
  • Junior (under 12) FREE

Children under 15 only admitted if with an adult.

COYW

 

HAVANT GAME IS OFF!

Match referee deems pitch unplayable

Today’s game has been called off by the match referee who is unhappy with certain parts of the pitch and has deemed it unplayable. Apologies for anyone who has already traveled to the match. We will confirm ASAP when the match will be rearranged.