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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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