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Preview: Dover (H)

17 January 2020

We’re back at the Lane for the third consecutive Saturday as we return to Vanarama National League action by hosting Dover Athletic.

We’ve had longer to recover from last week’s Buildbase FA Trophy win than we thought we would, with our trip to Fylde in the week postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Our form since the beginning of December has seen us climb to fifth in the Vanarama National League and we’ll be hoping to extend our unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games when the Whites visit us.

They’ll be in high spirits, too. No one in the division has earned more points on the road than Dover, who average two points per game on their travels.

They’re yet to taste victory in 2020, though, losing 3-0 at Bromley on New Year’s Day before drawing with Hartlepool on their most recent outing.

They’re in 13th but, with two games in hand, will see the play-offs as an attainable target this season, while we’ll look to consolidate our spot in the top seven with victory at the weekend.

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Neal Ardley says…

“Their away form is staggering and the boys know they are facing a team who are very good on their travels.

“Some games you know will go a certain way but I have no idea if they’ll try and frustrate us or come and have a go knowing they’re good away from home.

“They have threats and created chances when we went there in October but so did we.

“We’ll try and be ready for every scenario and we know we have to be at it because any team can beat us if we’re not.”

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Team news

Having made plans for rotation in the week, Ardley says he’s now had to rethink his selections for Saturday due to the Fylde postponement.

Sean Shields is available despite a tough week with a personal matter and Jim O’Brien’s recovery is progressing well, but he won’t be back in matchday squads just yet.

Dover added to their defensive ranks on Friday with the loan signing of youngster Shadrach Ogie from Leyton Orient, who will go straight into the squad.

Nassim L’Ghoul came off the bench to earn the Whites a point against Hartlepool last time out and he’ll hope to start on Saturday, while top scorer Inih Effiong will look for his first goal since Boxing Day.

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We’ve met before

It was an entertaining encounter on the Kent coast when we made the trip to the Crabble Athletic Ground in October.

Bobby-Joe Taylor opened the scoring with a perfectly-placed free-kick after 35 minutes but Mitch Rose’s penalty levelled things before the break.

Kevin Lokko turned home from a set piece just short of the hour and there was late drama when Kristian Dennis proved super-sub by heading in an injury-time equaliser.

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Supporter information

Any supporters with queries this weekend are advised to report them to our Supporter Liaison Officer, Ian Baggot.

He will be in the Broken Wheelbarrow from 2pm and situated in the Derek Pavis Stand during the game, wearing a high-visibility jacket to make him easy to spot.

The officials

Referee: Elliott Swallow

Assistants: Martyn Holmes and Lewis Dawson

Fourth official: Matthew Jackson

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Around the league

LV BET, the National League’s official betting partner, look at the action elsewhere in the division this weekend…

Barrow v Bromley

The weekend’s live BT Sport game pits table-topping Barrow against fourth-placed Bromley.

Not only are the Bluebirds three points clear, they have two games in hand on everyone else and in 2020 they’ve scored 17 in all competitions without conceding.

But in Bromley they face a real test. The Ravens will close the gap to two points with a win at Holker Street in front of the TV cameras.

Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United

Title-chasing Yeovil know they need a win after taking just four points from the last nine available, but their goalless draw with Solihull Moors last time out was the first occasion they’ve failed to score in 10 games.

Hartlepool are inconsistent – with two wins, draws and losses from their last six – but they’re looking to complete a hat-trick of victories over the Glovers after league and FA Cup successes this season.

Ebbsfleet United v Harrogate Town

Harrogate have won four league games in a row and have kept clean sheets in their last three, while Ebbsfleet haven’t won since November and shipped seven at Barrow on their most recent outing.

Town were too strong for Fleet earlier in the season as they won 2-0, with Brendan Kiernan getting two but he hasn’t scored since November.

Solihull Moors v Boreham Wood

Solihull have won 10 of their 13 home matches during the campaign and are yet to draw in front of their own fans, but they’ve taken just eight points from a possible 18 recently.

In-form Boreham Wood are unbeaten in 10 and strikers Kabongo Tshimanga and Tyrone Marsh have a combined 26 goals between them this season.

Stockport County v Sutton United

Stockport have scored an impressive 44 goals in 2019-20 but have conceded 46 – more than anyone else in the top half – and shipped four at home to Dorking Wanderers in the FA Trophy on Tuesday.

Sutton have won four of their last five National League matches but came unstuck at Chesterfield last time out.

The Dover match is the first included in our Run-In ticket bundle, which allows you to make significant savings on admission for our final eight home games of the season. Click here to find out more.

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Match Reports

Notts 0-0 Dover

Tight affair ends goalless

18 January 2020

We extended our unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches with a goalless draw against Dover.

Chances were hard to come by throughout the afternoon but we did create the best of them, with visiting keeper Lee Worgan making fine saves to foil Wes Thomas and Kyle Wootton, and Enzio Boldewijn hit the post with a last-gasp free-kick. 

Conversely, Sam Slocombe had a quiet afternoon in our goal as we took a point from one of the division's best away sides. 

After ringing the changes for the victory against Dagenham in the Buildbase FA Trophy seven days ago, Neal Ardley reverted to the side that beat Bromley in our last league game a week earlier.

That meant a back four of Richard Brindley, Connell Rawlinson, Alex Lacey and Damien McCrory shielded Slocombe's goal.

Skipper Michael Doyle was joined in the heart of midfield by Mitch Rose, with Sam Osborne and Boldewijn on the wings and looking to provide for striking duo Thomas and Wootton, who made his first start since signing permanently from Scunthorpe.

We made a bright start to proceedings, winning a pair of corners inside the opening 90 seconds and Boldewijn and Thomas both had half-chances but struggled to make clean connections with crosses into the Dover area.

The fast opening eased somewhat and there was little to report until the 19th minute, when Osborne battled for possession 30 yards from goal and shot right-footed, but his effort took a huge deflection and keeper Worgan was able to comfortably claim the ball. 

Doyle's quickly-taken free-kick sent Thomas in behind on 25 minutes but Will De Havilland recovered to block the striker's shot and got his body in the way of the subsequent cross, too.

Shortly after the half-hour, Dover showed their threat for the first time during the afternoon as they sustained an attack that kept us pinned back in our own box. The best they could muster was Inih Effiong having a shot well blocked by Doyle on the edge of the area, though.

After weathering the brief storm, we resumed our pursuit of the opener and Osborne showed neat feet to work space for a cross intended for Boldewijn. The Dutchman looked set to meet the delivery but Whites debutant Shadrach Ogie used his body well to stop the wide man connecting. 

The best opportunity of the first half came with just four minutes until the interval, when a lovely dinked ball from Osborne released Thomas in the area. He set it back for Boldewijn, who struck low at goal and Worgan managed to divert the ball to the relative safety of the six-yard box. Wootton was there, though, and snuffed out an attempted clearance to force the keeper into a fine diving save to keep us from breaking the deadlock.

One minute of stoppage time passed by without incident before Ardley had the chance to give fresh instructions to his charges, who, like Dover, returned to the field unchanged after the interval.

The visitors may not have altered their personnel but their mentality seemed to have changed, and they came out with more intensity - Ogie curling an effort wide from the edge of the box after a prolonged spell of pressure.

But on 51 minutes, we could - and perhaps should - have taken the lead. Doyle had been looking to get Thomas in behind all afternoon and this time the striker beat the offside trap to latch onto the Irishman's through ball. He bore down on goal and fired low across Worgan, but the keeper got a right hand to the shot and pushed it to safety.

As they sprung a counter after we committed men to a sustained attack, Dover had their best opening on 59 minutes, when Effiong burst forwards and had McCrory backpedalling. He looked to finish with his left foot from the edge of the area but blazed high and wide.

Rose was booked for a cynical challenge on Ogie on halfway before openings came and went at both ends with 66 played.

Doyle released Osborne to surge down the right wing and he had Thomas to pick out in the middle but his cross lacked power and was diverted clear. That allowed Dover to break and Effiong got the better of Lacey before crossing for Bobby-Joe Taylor, but he miscued his volley.

A free-kick was cleared as far as Oscar Gobern to volley narrowly wide of Slocombe's right-hand post and, before play resumed, Kristian Dennis replaced Thomas for the final 21 minutes. 

The forward was quickly thrust into the action as McCrory picked him out with a cross that he could only head wide. 

Doyle was booked for a challenge on Michael Woods as the game moved into the final quarter of an hour, and Slocombe had to be alert to push Taylor's resultant free-kick over the bar.

Osborne made way as Nathan Tyson was introduced with 10 to play and he combined well with Rose to create a crossing opportunity on 84 minutes. The ball was put behind for a corner, which was met by Lacey but the defender couldn't generate enough power to trouble Worgan.

The substitute then almost turned provider for Wootton, when his cross from the left picked out the big forward but he couldn't keep his header down.

Dover substitute Ade Yusuff was presented with a great opening on 88 minutes when Woods took the ball from Rose inside our half. It was played to the Whites forward, who looked set to apply the finish but Lacey made an excellent block.

An additional six minutes wre indicated by the fourth official, but half of that passed with Ricky Modeste receiving treatment before eventually being subsituted for Dover.

The visitors had been happy to take their time throughout the second period, seemingly content to leave Meadow Lane with a point.

But we almost nicked all three at the death.

Rose was fouled just outside the box and we were into the 100th minute as Boldewijn stood over the ball. He struck underneath the wall and Worgan was beaten, but his effort came back off the post in the last action of the afternoon. 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Dover (H)

Available up until kick-off

18 January 2020

Tickets for our home fixture against Dover Athletic on Saturday 18 January (kick-off 3pm) are still on sale.

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Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Tickets for supporters aged 12 and over rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

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This match is the latest opportunity for season ticket holders who have not already used their voucher to claim a free extra ticket.

The easiest way is online. Simply log in to your account, select this fixture, choose a seat in any home area of the stadium and select the ‘Bring a Friend’ price bracket. You will then have the option to receive the additional ticket by post, as an e-ticket or in person at the ticket office/club shop.

Alternatively, visit the ticket office/club shop or call 0115 955 7210.

Click here for a full list of Bring a Friend fixtures for the 2019-20 season.

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Tickets can be purchased online any time by clicking here. You'll receive an e-ticket which you can either scan from your phone at the turnstile (if your brightness is high and your screen is undamaged) or print at home.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.


Supporters looking to purchase hospitality for this fixture are advised to email

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Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check their suitability.

This match is the first included in our Run-In ticket bundle, which allows you to make significant savings on admission for our final eight home games of the season. Click here to find out more.

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