Dover Athletic Football Club was formed in 1983 after
the dissolution of the town's previous club, and
has played at the “Crabble” since the club's formation.
They are managed by Chris Kinnear who is now in
his second period in charge having originally lead the club for 10 years until
1995. He returned in 2013 and last season took Dover
to their highest finish in the National League reaching the play
This season they are currently fifth having amassed 59 points from 33
games and have lost just 4 times at home this season. Their centre forward
Ricky Miler hit his fourth hat trick of the season recently against Eastleigh and it was his three goals that
lead to Moors 2 – 3 defeat against the “Whites” back in October just days
before manager Liam McDonald took control of Solihull.
The Moors Manager was in reflective mood after the disappointment on Tuesday
when the home match against Torquay United was called off just an hour before
kick off due to the deluge of rain which left the pitch water logged. “I felt
for the players, some of whom were due to make their first starts in the team,
but there can be no arguing with the referee’s decision. It wouldn’t have been
much fun either for the Torquay players and fans who had already arrived at the
“Like all games, we study the opposition to arrive at a game plan for
the particular match. Of course we know of the ability of Ricky Miller and we
have to be 100% aware of exactly where he is on the pitch at any time but
really that applies to the whole Dover team!
They are high in the league because of the team effort and it is a very
good side, Miller will inevitably receive most of the plaudits but so should
the defence and mid field . It is they who supply the passes to him and get the
team their clean sheets.
So we will not specifically target any one individual in out tactical approach.
It will be a tight game and we need to make sure that Ricky Miller does not
make the difference
There should be a real atmosphere at Crabble this weekend and my players
will enjoy it. For me personally it evokes a bit of nostalgia because that is
where I made by debut for my first club, Worcester City when I was 17 years old. We will be
the under dogs this weekend so I am sure the lads will rise to the occasion, particularly
to put their last performance against Wrexham behind them
I am pleased with the fitness within the team and with the recoveries
being made by Andy Brown and Connor Franklin. Dapo Afolayan is getting stronger
with each match. Callum Flanagan’s technical ability has impressed in all the
games he has played for us.
The 7th minute penalty conceded to Wrexham proved to be the
sucker punch last week end –The referee’s decision is final but I do not think
Krystian can be criticised for what happened – these things occur all the time
in football, sometimes in our favour, other times against us. We simply put
them behind us and get on with the game
We will as always look to be the first to score on Saturday and know
what that means not just to us but to the travelling fans. Keep up the vocal
support at Dover because it really can make all the difference