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Preview: Dover (A)

4 October 2019

We make the long trip to Dover this weekend as we look to record a third straight win in the Vanarama National League and a fourth in our last five games.

Victories against Boreham Wood and AFC Fylde last week have left us just outside the play-offs, which we could climb into if we take three points at the Crabble Athletic Ground on Saturday,

If we do move into those positions, it'll be at the expense of our hosts who currently occupy seventh.

Dover have been impressive on their travels this season, but have won just once at home and will be looking to cement their place in the play-offs with victory in front of their own fans for the first time since 10 August.

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The boss says…

“Belief comes from the experience of winning games of football so hopefully we’ll have that.

“There’s a saying I really like – ‘winning can make you soft’. To guard against that, the best teams have the best mentality and are relentless in their pursuit of victories, which I want our players to prove they are at Dover.

“They’re above us because they’re doing a lot of things right and carry a lot of threats including striker Inih Effiong, who scores goals and is a real handful and a focal point.

“Andy Hessenthaler’s sides are always fit, structured and well organised so we have to handle the intensity and the big man up front otherwise we’re in for a tough afternoon.”

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Team news

At his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Neal Ardley confirmed Nathan Tyson and Dion Kelly-Evans are back in contention following their respective spells on the sidelines.

Decisions on the fitness of Ben Turner and Damien McCrory will be left until late, with Pierce Bird waiting in the wings if neither are available.

Effiong has hit the target seven times for Dover during the campaign and is expected to start in attack.

Winger Anthony Jeffrey re-joined the Whites last week and will hope to start after being introduced from the bench during their defeat to FC Halifax Town last time out.

Head to head

This will be our first meeting with the Whites, so both sides will look to make history with victory in the inaugural clash.

The officials

Referee: Alan Dale

Assistants: Craig Simpson and Alastair Higgs

Fourth official: Ivan Gelov

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Match Reports

Dover 2-2 Notts

Dennis grabs late point off the bench

5 October 2019

Kristian Dennis came off the bench to earn us a 2-2 draw in the dying moments of this afternoon's trip to Dover Athletic.

The forward's 90th-minute header meant we had twice come from behind to earn a good point on the Kent coast.

Mitch Rose had earlier opened his account for the season from the penalty spot, cancelling out Bobby-Joe Taylor's opener.

But skipper Kevin Lokko restored Dover's lead after the break, leaving Dennis to play the role of hero.

Neal Ardley was forced into one change in central defence, with the injured Damien McCrory being replaced by the returning Ben Turner.

The boss opted for a keeper-less bench as Nathan Tyson also completed his return from injury by taking his place among the substitutes.

Dover nearly had the dream start when, with three minutes on the clock, Josh Passley stooped to meet Taylor's cross. Under pressure from Slocombe, he crashed his header off the crossbar.

Our response came 10 minutes later when Enzio Boldewijn cut in from the left before rolling the ball to Wes Thomas, who could only side-foot it over the bar from just inside the area.

The game then entered a lull with both sides cancelling each other out for a lengthy period.

Spectators had to wait until the 28th minute for the next opportunity as Sam Osborne's endeavour resulted in the ball breaking to Kyle Wootton on the edge of Dover's area. He could only fire it straight at keeper Lee Worgan.

We just about had the edge - but the hosts had the lead on 35 minutes when Taylor directed a free-kick into the top corner after Boldewijn had fouled Nassim L'Ghoul 20 yards out.

But Taylor's joy soon turned to dispair as, moments later, he felled the rampaging Richard Brindley in the area to allow Rose to restore parity with a sweetly-struck penalty.

The momentum was well and truly with us and Wootton's eyes lit up when he turned his man on the edge of the area. He could only send his shot over, however.

Half-time was nearing but there was still time for another chance as Osborne clipped a lovely first-time pass down the touchline for Zoumana Bakayogo to race on to. The left back's low cross beat a defender in the middle and found its way to Thomas, whose goalbound effort was brilliantly blocked.

One minute was added on at the end of a half which by this point looked destined to end with the scores level.

But that was only the case thanks to brilliant work from Sam Slocombe, who made an excellent save to deny Dover dangerman Inih Offiong from point-blank range.

We reemerged for the second half unchanged and nearly took the lead shortly after the restart as Osborne stung Worgan's palms with a fiercely-struck effort from the edge of the area. Rose kept the move alive with a cross into the box which resulted in Thomas attempting an overhead kick which went wide of the post.

But we were kicking ourselves shortly afterards when a lofted ball into our area caused us all sorts of problems and, after Effiong had failed to pounce, Lokko finished with aplomb from six yards.

Wootton led our charge for an equaliser on 66 minutes, showing good strength to hold off a defender so he could get into the box and shoot. Worgan saved but the rebound came out to Thomas, who smashed the ball goalwards from eight yards. Somehow, Worgan got in the way to make a superb save with his head to the dismay of the 355 travelling Magpies.

Ardley's first change followed as Sean Shields replaced Osborne in a like-for-like switch on the left wing.

But it was a cross from the Dover right which nearly brought about the next goal as two substitutes combined for the hosts, Ricky Modeste delivering for Kurtis Cumberbatch who could only nod the ball wide.

Moments later, Brindley made a superb last-ditch challenge in the area to prevent Effiong from making it three.

Ardley sent on Dennis in place of Thomas with 10 minutes to play and Notts mustered a couple of half-chances shortly afterwards, with Wootton seeing a shot deflected behind and Boldewijn hitting an effort against the substitute at the back post.

As we pressed for an equaliser space was inevitably opening up in our defence, too, and Effiong nearly capitalised when he had the pace to race clear of our back line. He decided to take his shot early, attempting to lob Slocombe but instead sending the ball high into the stand behind the goal.

Boldewijn then saw another effort blocked as it looked like it wasn't going to be our day.

But Dennis had other ideas as, in the final mnute of normal time, he produced a cute header from Rose's cross to level it up once again.

Four minutes were added on at the end of the match and Notts were dealt a late scare when Cumberbatch raced through one-on-one with Slocombe.

But, just as he did late in the first half, the keeper made an excellent save to ensure we took a point with us on our long journey back to Nottingham.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Dover (A)

2 October 2019

Ticket details have been confirmed for Notts County's Vanarama National League trip to Dover on Saturday 5 October (kick-off 3pm).

No tickets will be available to purchase in advance, with cash and card turnstiles in operation on the day of the game.

Notts have been allocated 1,081 terrace spaces and 113 seats, but Dover can accommodate up to 2,500 away supporters if more Magpies fans make the trip.

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Category Price
Adult £18
Over 60 £15
Under 18 £9
Under 11 Free

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Tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to purchase at the turnstiles. They are priced at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Identification will need to be shown at the time of purchase. 

Wheelchair disabled supporters are advised to contact Dover directly by calling 0130 482 2373. Please note only two wheelchair spaces are available for away fans.

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Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 9.30am.

Prices:

General adult/senior: £27

General under 18: £14

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £26

Season ticket holder under 18: £13

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