Category: Match Preview

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS YATE TOWN

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad will turn their focus to the FA Cup when they host Yate Town in the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday.

Whites enter the competition at this stage and face a club two steps below them in the non-league pyramid.

The Gloucestershire visitors are currently 10th on the Southern League Premier Division South table after winning four out of their first 10 league games.

They come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win at Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday.

A place in the First Round proper awaits for the winner of this tie, and you can see the draw live on ITV on Sunday 17th October starting at 1pm.

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

PROGRAMME
Grab your matchday programme for just £1 HERE

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

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

Both cash and card are accepted.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11 – £5

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS BARNET

Andy Hessenthaler’s injury-hit squad faces another stern test when Barnet visit Crabble on Saturday.

The Bees, the side above Whites on the National League table, are unbeaten in their previous three outings after draws against Kings Lynn Town and FC Halifax Town following a 3-1 win against Weymouth at The Hive.

Tuesday’s defeat against Aldershot at Crabble sees Barnet 16 points ahead of Whites.

Barnet drew 1-1 at Kings Lynn on Tuesday.

Joe Widdowson put Barnet ahead in the fourth minute, turning home Rob Hall’s corner.

But the hosts levelled midway through the first half as Michael Clunan fired home from the edge of the area.

King’s Lynn could have won it after the break but Sam Sargeant saved Gold Omotayo’s penalty, with Ross Barrows missing the rebound.

BARNET’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Midfielder Mitch Brundle needs no introduction to Dover fans. Our former captain got his first goal for Barnet in their 3-1 win against Weymouth two weeks ago..

LAST TIME WE MET 

In our only fixture against the Bees last season, and our final home game before the club’s results were expunged, Whites won only their third game of the campaign.

Will De Havilland’s double inside the first 20 minutes put Hessenthaler’s men 2-0 up before Ahkeem Rose made it three midway through the first half.

Michael Petrasso pulled a goal back on the hour mark, but Whites held on for victory on a cold, wet night at Crabble.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Tickets for this game must be bought at the turnstile only. Both cash and card are accepted.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

PROGRAMME
Grab your double edition match day programme for just £1 covering the games against Aldershot Town and Barnet HERE
SATURDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES
Altrincham vs Maidenhead United
Boreham Wood vs Dagenham & Redbridge
Bromley vs Torquay United
FC Halifax Town vs Weymouth
King’s Lynn Town vs Solihull Moors
Southend United vs Chesterfield
Stockport County vs Aldershot Town
Wealdstone vs Eastleigh
Woking vs Grimsby Town
Yeovil Town vs Notts County

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS ALDERSHOT TOWN

Andy Hessenthaler will be looking to see his team bounce back from defeat this evening as they welcome Aldershot Town to Crabble.

Whites conceded five in the first half on Saturday as they fell to a 6-0 defeat away to top of the league Grimsby.

This result means that Dover remain bottom of the table on -9, having just picked up three points this season.

Meanwhile, our opponents sit one place above us in 22nd. They have lost three from their last five games and sit 13 points above Whites on four points.

Last time out, heavy rainfall meant that their home game against Wrexham was abandoned in the second half with the Welsh side leading 2-0.

ALDERSHOT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Despite only picking up one win so far this season, AFC Wimbledon loanee Corie Andrews has been in fine form for The Shots, scoring five goals in his first nine games this season.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Tickets for this game must be bought at the turnstile only. Both cash and card are accepted.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

PROGRAMME
Grab your double edition match day programme for just £1 covering the games against Aldershot Town and Barnet HERE
TUESDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Altrincham vs Grimsby Town

Boreham Wood vs Torquay United

Bromley vs Weymouth

FC Halifax Town vs Notts County

King’s Lynn Town vs Barnet

Southend United vs Eastleigh

Wealdstone vs Solihull Moors

Woking vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Wrexham vs Chesterfield

Yeovil Town vs Maidenhead United

MATCH PREVIEW – GRIMSBY VS DOVER

Dover travels to high-flying Grimsby Town on Saturday as they look to get their first three points on the board.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Crabble against Kent rivals Bromley.

Grimsby currently sits third in the National League table and two points below league leaders Chesterfield with a record of five wins, two draws, and a single defeat in their opening eight games.

That defeat was 3-1 at Bromley n Tuesday.

This will be the first time since 2016 that these two sides will face each other.

That game finished 1-1 after Omar Bogle gave The Mariners the lead from the penalty spot before Jack Parkinson equalised for Whites just before the hour mark.

GRIMSBY’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Summer signing John McAtee has had a good start to his Grimsby career, having scored four goals in his first eight games this season.

TEAM COLOURS 

For fans wanting to show the same colours as the players, we will be wearing our purple kit.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Stadium – Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY 

The match kicks off at 3pm and ticket prices are as follows:

Adult – £20

65+ – £13

18-22 – £13

12-17(Unaccompanied) – £7

3-17(Accompanied) – £5

Student/unemployed – £13

Information on how to buy tickets can be found here – Please click on the away section on the ticket page to access away tickets.

COVERAGE 

Unfortunately, due to a lack of staff, there will be no LiveText coverage on our Twitter account for this game.

Alternatively, there will be coverage from BBC Radio Kent, which can be found by going into the non-league section on the BBC Sport webpage – or by clicking this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/national-league

SATURDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Aldershot Town vs Wrexham

Barnet vs FC Halifax Town

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Altrincham

Eastleigh vs Boreham Wood (5.20pm)

Maidenhead United vs King’s Lynn Town

Notts County vs Woking

Solihull Moors vs Southend United

Torquay United vs Wealdstone

Weymouth vs Stockport County

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS BROMLEY

Dover host Kent rivals Bromley on Saturday afternoon as they look to continue closing the gap to the teams above them.

Whites earned their third point in four games on Tuesday evening as they held Solihull Moors to a goalless draw at Crabble. It is their second consecutive goalless draw at home after holding league leaders Chesterfield to a draw earlier this month.

Meanwhile, our opponents did not have a midweek game and last played lon Saturday where they defeated second from bottom Barnet 2-0 at Hayes Lane.

The Ravens have had a mixed start to the season and sit in 12th after their first five games having won two, lost two, and drawn one.

Despite being in 12th, they’re tied fifth in the top scorers so far this season with 11 goals, however, most of the teams above them have played two games more, with Grimsby the only side to only play one more game.

This is mainly down to last season’s top-scorer Michael Cheek who has had a brilliant start to the season having scored in every game in the National League. He currently sits third on the top scorers’ list with six goals in his first five games.

BROMLEY’S PLAYER TO WATCH

As already mentioned, Michael Cheek has started the season in brilliant form having scored in each of Bromley’s first five games this campaign.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Tickets for this game must be bought at the turnstile only. Both cash and card are accepted.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Grab your digital programme now for just £1 ahead of tomorrow’s game HERE

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

SATURDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Aldershot Town vs FC Halifax Town

Altrincham vs Notts County

Barnet vs Weymouth

Boreham Wood vs Yeovil Town

Chesterfield vs Torquay United (5:20pm)

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Solihull Moors

Eastleigh vs Woking

King’s Lynn Town vs Wealdstone

Maidenhead United vs Grimsby Town

Stockport County vs Wrexham

MATCH PREVIEW – DOVER VS SOLIHULL MOORS

Dover will continue to search for their first win of the season when they host Solihull Moors in a rescheduled National League fixture tonight.

The game was postponed earlier in the season due to two positive COVID-19 cases in Andy Hessentahler’s squad.

Whites earned their second point of the season last Saturday after the 1-1 draw at Weymouth.

Meanwhile, our opponents have started the season well and they sit just below the playoff spots in eighth place.

They’re currently on a three-game winning streak, having started the season without a win in their first three games with two draws and one loss.

Last time out, Neal Ardley’s side won convincingly at home to Boreham Wood. Having gone two goals up inside the first 28 minutes, The Wood pulled one back with 10 minutes left of the first half. However, Danny Newton’s second of the game early in the second half won it for Solihull Moors.

These teams would only play each other once last season as Whites failed to finish the season. The game at Crabble saw Solihull score a goal in each half through Nathan Cameron and Kyle Hudlin as they defeated Dover with ease.

SOLIHULL MOORS’ PLAYER TO WATCH

Joe Sbarra has already scored seven goals in the first six games this season and has already beaten his total throughout the whole of last season where he scored six goals for Moors.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Tickets for this game must be bought at the turnstile only. Both cash and card are accepted.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

MATCH PREVIEW: WEYMOUTH VS DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s side will be aiming to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointing 4-1 loss at Eastleigh when they travel to Weymouth on Saturday.

The game will be shown live on BT Sport at 5.20pm.

Weymouth currently sit 11th in the National League having played six games so far this season.

They have won two, lost three, and drawn one of those games.

Last time out, despite going ahead twice at Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, Weymouth ended up losing 4-2 against the current league leaders, with Josh Leslie-Smith and Bradley Ash scoring the goals for The Terras.

The last time we played Weymouth was in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round in 2019.

Goals from Jai Reason and Anthony Jeffrey were enough for Whites to qualify for the First Round, as they came from a goal down to defeat The Terras.

WEYMOUTH’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Bradley Ash has started the season in fine form for The Terras, with three goals coming in his first six games from the club since joining from Chippenham Town.

TEAM COLOURS

For fans wanting to show the same colours as the players, we will be wearing our home kit.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Stadium – Bob Lucas Stadium, Radipole Ln, Weymouth DT4 9XJ

The match kicks off at 5.20pm and ticket prices are as follows:

Adult – £16

Concession (Over 65) – £11

16-19 – £7

Under 16 – £4

Under 7 – 50p

Information on how to buy tickets can be found HERE

COVERAGE

This game will be shown on BT Sport

If you are unable to make the game or watch it on TV, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

SATURDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Bromley vs Barnet

FC Halifax Town vs Stockport County

Grimsby Town vs Eastleigh

Notts County vs Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors vs Boreham Wood

Torquay United vs Southend United

Wealdstone vs Aldershot Town

Wrexham vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield

MATCH PREVIEW – EASTLEIGH VS DOVER

Dover will be looking to get their first win on the board when they travel to Eastleigh this evening.

Whites picked up their first point of the campaign last Saturday after the 0-0 draw against high-flying Chesterfield at Crabble.

Despite picking up their first points of the season, Dover remains bottom of the league on -11 and still has a lot of work to do to catch the teams just above them in the table.

Our hosts are one of those sides, having picked up two points in their first four games.

Last time out, they came from behind to draw against fellow early strugglers Barnet. Having gone a goal behind midway through the first half, Ben House equalised for The Spitfires with 20 minutes to go.

This fixture was cancelled last season as Whites were not able to finish the season, however, the game at Crabble was full of excitement as Dover came from behind to win 3-2, with Sam Wood, Louis Collins, and Ade Azeez getting the goals.

A win for Whites this evening would see them remain bottom of the table as they try and continue to eat into the point deduction. They will however close the gap on others around them if results go their way.

Like Dover, the home side are already in need of points to push up the table. A win for The Spitfires could potentially move them up to 13th, however they will need a big sway in goal difference for this to happen.

EASTLEIGH’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Striker Ben House scored nine goals for Eastleigh last season and has already followed this up by scoring twice this season.

TEAM COLOURS

For fans wanting to show the same colours as the players, captain Sam Wood and his teammates will be wearing their all-red kit.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Stadium – Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HT

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and ticket prices are as follows – please note it is card payment only on the gate

Adult: £15

Concession (60 & over): £10

Student (17-21): £5

Junior (12-16): £2

Under 11:  Free

Information on how to buy tickets can be found here: https://www.eastleighfc.com/tickets/ 

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

TUESDAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Boreham Wood vs FC Halifax Town

Chesterfield vs Barnet

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Weymouth

Grimsby Town vs Wrexham

Maidenhead United vs Stockport County

Notts County vs Wealdstone

Solihull Moors vs Torquay United

Southend United vs Aldershot Town

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS CHESTERFIELD

We will be looking to get our first points of the National League season when Chesterfield visit Crabble (3pm).

Whites are yet to get off the mark this season, with three defeats coming from their opening three games.

Last Saturday, despite being ahead twice, they were narrowly defeated 3-2 at Altrincham in an entertaining contest which saw Koby Arthur and Aaron Cosgrave get their first goals of the season.

Meanwhile, the visitors, who are expected to be near the top of the table come the end of the season, have had an almost perfect start to the season and sit second in the table after four games.

After winning their first three games without conceding a goal, the Spireites’ winning start came to an end in the 2-2 draw against visiting Bromley last weekend, in a game which saw the Kent side equalise in the 96th minute.

The last time these two sides met was the final game of the 2019-20 season, with all fixtures after this game being cancelled due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game finished 1-1 at Crabble, with both goals coming in the last 10 minutes.

Tom Denton put the away side ahead in the 80th minute from the penalty spot, before Whites equalised in the 88th minute through Nassim L’Ghoul.

You can grab your copy of our digital programme by visiting issuu.com/doverathleticfc

MATCH PREVIEW: ALTRINCHAM VS DOVER

Dover will be looking to get their first win and points of the season on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Altrincham.

After starting the season late due to COVID-19, Whites were hit with back-to-back defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend, losing 2-0 away to Maidenhead before a 1-0 home defeat to Boreham Wood through a Jake Goodman own goal.

It means we remain bottom of the league on -12 points.

Meanwhile, our hosts have started the season with a 3-1 win over Torquay and a 2-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town and currently sit in 12th place.

The teams were only able to play each other once last season, with this fixture being cancelled due to the club being unable to complete the season.

In the fixture at Crabble last season, it was the visiting side on the day who sneaked a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Fisayo Adarabioyo, with a fine display from Alty’s goalkeeper Tony Thompson keeping his side ahead.

The Robins boss Phil Parkinson has brought in a number of experienced players into his squad over the summer, none more than Dean Furman who has made 58 appearances for his native South Africa, scoring four goals.

He has also got experience of playing in the Football League with Bradford, Oldham, and Doncaster as well as spending time with Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith and Ben Pringle have both joined on a free transfer from Morecambe. Leitch-Smith has over 240 games worth of experience in the Football League, playing for the likes of Crewe, Yeovil, Port Vale, Shrewsbury, and the aforementioned Morecambe.

The centre-forward also spent a season on loan at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership where he would play a total of 28 games.

Like his former Morecambe teammate, Pringle has also spent most of his career in the Football League. He has most notably played for Rotherham, Fulham, Preston North End, and fellow Kent side Gillingham. He also has further EFL experience with Torquay, Ipswich, Oldham, Grimsby, Tranmere, and Morecambe.

David Fitzpatrick, Joe Bunney, and Marcus Dinanga have also all joined from Football League clubs. Between them, they have played over 250 EFL games.

Finally, Connor Kirby has rejoined the club for a second loan spell, whilst Brad Jackson and Kennedy Digie have joined from Chester and Hereford.

Altrincham’s Player to Watch

Josh Hancock was the host’s top scorer last season and he will be looking to get his first goal of the season on Saturday.

Coverage

To stay up to date with the game, please follow @DAFCLiveText on Twitter to get live text coverage of the game.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures 

Boreham Wood Vs Stockport County

Chesterfield Vs Bromley

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Wealdstone

Eastleigh Vs King’s Lynn Town

Grimsby Town Vs Barnet

Maidenhead United Vs Torquay United

Notts County Vs Aldershot Town

Solihull Moors Vs Weymouth

Southend United Vs Wrexham

Yeovil Town Vs FC Halifax Town (5.15PM)