Category: Match Preview

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER V SLOUGH TOWN

Dover returns to National League South action at Crabble for the second consecutive Saturday with Slough Town making the trip to Kent.

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad made it seven points from a possible nine in the past three games after a 3-0 win against visiting Braintree Town last time out to extend their unbeaten run to three games.

The Rebels, who are currently 10th on the table, three points ahead of Whites, lost 2-0 at home to Hemel Hempstead Town last Saturday.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

You can read the latest from the Slough Town camp HERE

LAST TIME WE MET IN A LEAGUE GAME AT CRABBLE  –  AUGUST 14th 2004

Chris Wright’s double ensured Dover’s Ryman League debut started with a win against Slough Town at the then-named Hoverspeed Stadium.

Rob Smidmore gave Whites the lead on the stroke of half-time before Wright made it 2-0 from close range just after the hour mark.

Wright’s stunning long-range effort made it 3-0 nine minutes later before the visitors reduced the deficit via a header from Hodges 15 minutes from time.

Dover: Pat Mullin, James Farrier, James Rogers, Dale Skelton, Craig Cloke, Tom Hickman, Rob Smidmore (Michael Smissen, 83), Billy Bone (Micky Lane, 74), Shaun Welford, Chris Wright, John Mee (Danny Welch, 74). Subs not used: Shane Hamshare, Paul Rogers.

Attendance: 637

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Andy Hessenthaler’s player/assistant manager Mitch Brundle misses his second consecutive game because of a knee injury.

Midfielder Jordan Higgs is back in the matchday squad after serving a one-game ban against Braintree after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign.

Forward Reece Grant is also back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.

George Nikaj remains out on loan at Ashford United

COVERAGE 

The game kicks off at 3 pm you are unable to make it, we will be providing live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Please note that BBC Radio Kent will not be commentating on the game due to their FA Cup coverage.

PROGRAMME

Printed matchday programmes will be available for sale around the ground and from the club shop.

 

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

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

Braintree Town v Worthing
Concord Rangers v Bath City
Dartford v Tonbridge Angels
Hemel Hempstead Town v Cheshunt
Welling United v St Albans City

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER V BRAINTREE TOWN

Dover returns to National League South action at Crabble on Saturday against Braintree Town after two back-to-back road trips.

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad earned four points on their travels after winning 2-0 at Weymouth before drawing 1-1 at Welling United last time out.

Now they will look to keep that run of form going against the Essex team that is currently eighth and just a point outside the play-off places.

The Iron have won three of their past five league games but bowed out of the FA Cup after a 3-0 defeat at Hornchurch last Saturday.

LAST TIME WE MET IN A LEAGUE GAME  –  2nd MARCH 2019

Lee Worgan saved a penalty as Dover beat Braintree 3-0 to win at home for the first time since Boxing Day.

Alfie Pavey opened the scoring after 18 minutes after the National League’s bottom club went down to 10 men following a red card to Ricky Gabriel in the fifth minute.

Worgan then capped his third appearance of the season by denying Korrey Henry from the spot, before Braintree was punished by second-half goals from Jai Reason and Mitch Brundle.

Dover: Worgan, Lokko, Brundle, Allen (Jeffrey 75′), Pavey (Effiong 72′), Modeste (Nortei 81′), Gomis, Doe, Lewis, Taylor, Reason.

Subs not used: Debayo, McNamara

Braintree: Killip, Eleftheriou (Matsuzakaat 77′), Lyons-Foster, Gabriel, Borg, Allen (Allen 82′), Osborne, Sagaf, Henry, James, Morton.

Subs not used: Richards, Blackmore

Attendance: 1.053

Watch the match highlights from that game

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Midfielder Jordan Higgs is serving a one-game ban after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign at Welling while Reece Grant (hamstring) will also be missing after limping off in the game at Park View Road.

Defender Jake Goodman is back in the matchday squad after missing the Welling game through injury.

George Nikaj is still out on loan at Ashford United

COVERAGE 

BBC Radio Kent will be covering the game and you can find the link HERE

PROGRAMME

Printed matchday programmes will be available for sale around the ground and from the club shop.

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

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

MATCH PREVIEW: WELLING UNITED V DOVER

Dover will go in search of their fourth National League South win of the season during back-to-back away trips as Andy Hessenthaler’s squad heads to Park View Road tonight (7.45pm).

Whites won 2-0 at Weymouth on Saturday before the quick turnaround sees them make the trip to another of their Kent rivals.

The Wings have started the season well and are currently fifth after winning three of their past four league games – they drew 2-2 at home against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.

Welling’s squad will include some familiar faces to Dover fans.

The forward line includes Ade Azeez and Stefan Payne, while defender Manny Parry completes the former Whites in the line-up.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

You can read what Welling manager Warren Feeney had to say ahead of the game HERE

Welling preview HERE

LAST TIME WE MET IN A LEAGUE GAME  – MARCH 8th 2016

Dover closed in on the National League play-off places after a 2-1 win against the Wings at Crabble.

Michael Bakare took just 63 seconds to open the scoring for the visitors before Stefan Payne equalised midway through the first-half and Sean Raggett’s header completed the turnaround just after the break.

Dover: Walker, Magri, Raggett, Orlu, Modeste, Bellamy (Marsh 61′), Miller (Crawford 85′), Sterling (Kinnear Jr 18′), Deverdics, Parkinson, Payne. Subs not used: Diallo, Pinnock.

Welling: Rodak, Chesmain, Wanadio (Daniel 87′), Kashket (Kabba 68′), Nortey, Gayle, Lokko, Harris, Williams, Kargbo, Bakare (Adeloye 79′). Subs not used: Taylor, Vidal.

Attendance: 726

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Defender Jake Goodman will miss the trip through injury after being taken off in the opening half at Weymouth after receiving an elbow to his nose,

George Nikaj is still out on loan at Ashford United

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

We will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText

BBC Radio Kent will also be covering the game HERE

TICKET INFORMATION

Supporters can purchase their tickets in advance HERE

Tickets will also be available on the day.

TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

 

MATCH PREVIEW: WEYMOUTH V DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad will look to end a run of four successive defeats when they travel to the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday.

The trip to Dorset will see Whites take on a Weymouth team with a new manager, Bobby Wilkinson, in what will be his first home game in charge.

Wilkinson replaced David Oldfield last week and was in charge for the 3-1 FA Cup win at Winchester last Saturday.

Our opponents, who like us, were also relegated last season, are currently bottom of the league, five points worse off than Whites, and without a win in the league from their opening eight games.

Weymouth’s squad will include two familiar faces to Dover fans.

Millwall goalkeeper Ryan Sandford spent the opening month of this campaign on loan with us with Stuart Nelson sidelined through injury.

Forward Ahkeem Rose is in his second season with Weymouth after scoring two goals in 15 league appearances for Whites in the 20/21 season.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

You can read what Bobby Wilkinson had to say ahead of the game HERE

LAST TIME WE MET – MAY 15th 2022

Tom Blair netted a 95th minute winner as Weymouth ended their season with a 2-1 at Crabble in a clash between two sides already relegated from the National League.

Brandon Goodship put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the ninth minute following a foul on Portsmouth loanee Haji Mnoga.

Academy forward Jack Nelson headed home his first senior goal to put Whites back on level terms with 15th minutes to go before Blair ensured the three points went back to Dorset deep into stoppage time.

Midfielder George Wilkinson was adjudged to have fouled Blair and was shown a second yellow.

Blair saw his spot-kick saved by Alexis Andre but tucked away the rebound to seal Weymouth’s first win in 15 matches, and first on their travels since October.

Dover: Andre Jr, Moses, Goodman, Ransom, Woods, Collinge, Byford (Nelson 64’), Wilkinson, Baptiste (Nikaj 86’), Krasniqi, Gyasi. Subs not used: Bexon, Wratten, Agbebi.

Weymouth: Scott, Greenwood, McBurnie, Goodship (Bearwish 83’), Mnoga, Robinson, Mampala (Blair 82’), Murray, Buse, Harfield, Carlyle. Subs not used: Mussa, Ash, Bruton.

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

We have no injury concerns and have a full-strength squad available for the trip.

Defender Alex Green is included in the matchday squad after recovering from an elbow injury.

George Nikaj is still out on loan at Ashford United

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Please note that this game is segregated and Dover fans can buy their tickets online HERE 

You can also by cash or card on the day at the Weymouth ticket office at the ground

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

MATCH PREVIEW: EBBSFLEET UNITED V DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad heads back to the Kuflink Stadium for the second time this season when the sides meet in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup at 3pm.

The hosts have won all eight of their National League South games this season and are currently two points clear of second-place Havant & Waterlooville.

One of those victories included a 3-0 triumph against Whites in late August after a brace from former Dover frontman Dominic Poleon while Rakish Bingham got the other goal.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

Read what Fleet Manager Dennis Kutrieb had to say ahead of the tie HERE

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Once again, young defender Alex Green is the only player unavailable through injury for the game after he damaged ligaments in his elbow in training.

Green is on the road to recovery and started training again on Thursday.

George Nikaj is out on loan at Ashford United

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

Please note that there will be NO live updates on Twitter @DAFCLiveText

TICKET INFORMATION

Please note that this game is segregated and Dover fans can buy their tickets HERE

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER V DARTFORD

After the weekend’s fixtures were postponed as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Dover return to action against Kent rivals Dartford at Crabble tonight.

We, like all other clubs in action today, will observe a one-minute silence before kick-off while management, staff, and players, will also be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.

The visitors’ squad will include a couple of familiar faces to Dover fans  – defenders Connor Essam and Tom Bonnor – both of who have captained Dover in the past.

As for Dover, winger Luke Wanadio will be playing against a club he had three spells with while Tyrone Sterling had a loan spell at Princes Park. Striker Alfie Pavey also played for the Darts and scored 22 league goals for them in the 2017/18 season.

LAST TIME WE MET IN A LEAGUE GAME – 17th JANUARY 2015

Tom Murphy (pictured) scored twice as Whites extended their unbeaten run to 12 Conference Premier games with a big win against Dartford at Crabble.

DAFC 6-1 DARTFORD

The win, Whites’ biggest of the season at that stage, was also their first league triumph against their Kent rivals since the 4-2 success in December 2008.

Nicky Deverdics headed Whites ahead in the fifth minute before former Dover forward Harry Crawford equalised.

Richard Orlu’s restored the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Murphy’s curling finish made it 3-1 before Liam Bellamy fired home a fourth, Barry Cogan’s penalty made it five before Murphy completed the scoring 10 minutes from time.

Dover: Rafferty, Essam, Raggett, Francis, Deverdics (Modeste 82′), Bellamy, Orlu, Cogan (Taiwo 77′), Sterling, Murphy, Payne (Reid 80′).
Subs not used: Wynter, Mekki

Attendance:1,042

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Jordan Higgs and Mitch Brundle are both back in the matchday squad after missing the game at Eastbourne through injury.

Alex Green (elbow) and Kieron Agbebi (hamstring) are both unavailable.

COVERAGE 

The game kicks off at 7.45pm 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.

PROGRAMME

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

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

TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

Bath City v Weymouth
Dulwich Hamlet v Hemel Hempstead Town
Eastbourne Borough v Welling United
Ebbsfleet United v Braintree Town
Hampton & Richmond v Chippenham Town
Slough Town v Taunton Town
Tonbridge Angels v Farnborough
Worthing v Cheshunt

MATCH PREVIEW: EASTBOURNE BOROUGH V DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad is off on its travels for a second consecutive National League South fixture with Whites in action in East Sussex at 3pm today.

The hosts will start the game one place above Whites on goal difference and they drew 1-1 at Worthing last Monday.

LAST TIME WE MET AT PRIORY LANE –  OCTOBER 24th 2015

Dover reached the first round of the FA Cup for the third consecutive season after Sean Raggett headed home a 92nd-minute winner in a hard-fought 2-1 win at Eastbourne Borough.

The game looked set to go to a replay when defender Raggett powered home Nicky Deverdics’ corner.

Stefan Payne gave Whites the lead in the third minute before the hosts through substitute Gavin McCallum in the 77th minute.

Dover: Walker, Magri, Orlu, Grimes, Raggett, Thomas, Parkinson, Deverdics, Ajala (Modeste 68mins), Miller (Murphy 81mins), Payne. Subs not used: Diallo, Ofori-Acheampong, Rafferty, Sterling, Kinnear Jnr.

Attendance: 821

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Midfielder Jordan Higgs (pictured) is unavailable after limping off with a foot injury in the second half of the 3-0 defeat at Ebbsfleet United on Monday.

Defender Alex Green (elbow) will again be missing while his former Academy team-mate George Nikaj joined Ashford United on loan on Friday.

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

Please note that there will be NO live updates on Twitter @DAFCLiveText

TICKET INFORMATION

You can get all the information HERE 

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

MATCH PREVIEW: EBBSFLEET UNITED V DOVER

It’s a second Kent Derby of the season for Whites on Bank Holiday Monday when Andy Hessenthaler’s side heads to the Kuflink Stadium to take on the high-flying Fleet at 3pm today.

The league-leading hosts have won all five of their games so far this season and are currently two points clear of second-place Havant & Waterlooville.

They won 2-1 at Concord Rangers last Saturday with goals from Shaq Coulthirst and Kieran Monlouis.

LAST TIME WE MET – DECEMBER 28th 2019

Michael Woods’ first-half stunner proved enough for Andy Hessenthaler’s side to win a second consecutive National League game over the festive period.

Woods scored the all-important goal in the 14th minute, firing home from the edge of the box to register his first goal for the club.

Dover: Mersin, Passley, De Havilland, Lokko, Taylor, Woods, Reason, Munns (Yusuff 59mins), Modeste (Rigg 72mins), Effiong, L’Ghoul (Jeffrey 68mins). Subs not used: Simpson, Cumberbatch.

Attendance: 1,222 (205 away).

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Once again, young defender Alex Green is the only player unavailable through injury for the game after he damaged ligaments in his elbow in training last week.

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Please note that this game is segregated and you can read why HERE

Dover fans can buy your tickets HERE

MONDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER V HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN

Whites will be aiming to put two consecutive National League South defeats behind them when Andy Hessenthaler’s side hosts Hemel Hempstead Town at Crabble on Saturday (3pm).

The Tudors, who start the game18th on the table, one place below Dover, have also lost their past two league games.

They lost 3-2 at home against visiting Welling United last Saturday and 3-1 at Braintree Town the previous Tuesday.

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Young defender Alex Green is the only player unavailable through injury for the game after he damaged ligaments in his elbow in training this week.

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

MATCH PREVIEW: HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE v DOVER

Whites head to Hampshire for their second away game of the season on Saturday when they take on Havant & Waterlooville at 3pm.

The hosts are currently third after an unbeaten start to the season

They won 2-1 at Dartford last Tuesday with former Dover midfielder Oscar Gobern scoring a second-half winner.

Gobern is not the only familiar face in the Hawks squad, with Josh Passley, Paul Rooney, and Sam Magri also in the ranks.

HOSTS PREVIEW

You can read what our opponents are saying ahead of the game HERE

LAST TIME WE MET – JANUARY 26th 2019

Hosts Havant and Waterlooville and Dover both remained three points above the National League relegation zone as the points were shared following a goalless draw.

The Hawks played 54 minutes with 10 men after Chris Robertson was sent off following a second yellow card after he pulled back Jamie Allen.

Millwall loanee Danny McNamara saved the day for Dover after he cleared Matt Paterson’s last-gasp effort off the line.

DOVER: Walker, McNamara, Doe, Lewis, Debayo, Lokko, Brundle, Reason (Pavey 66′), Effiong, Allen (Modeste 78′), Nortey (Taylor 63′).
Substitutes not used: Diarra, Worgan

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and defender Will Moses are included in the matchday squad for the first time this season after missing the opening three league games through injury.

Midfielder George Wilkinson and forward Reece Grant are both back in training and close to making a return to the squad, but defender Tyrone Sterling (hamstring) will miss the clash.

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

Please note that there will be NO live updates on Twitter @DAFCLiveText

TICKET INFORMATION

You can get all the information HERE

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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