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Match Preview: Dover Athletic

7 September 2018

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The Spireites host Dover Athletic at the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game…

Tickets

Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 9am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12pm until kick off.

Team News

Both Charlie Carter and Sam Wedgbury are still out injured. However, Martin Allen should be able to field a similar side that faced Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

The Opposition

The Manager – Chris Kinnear

Kinnear is a Dover stalwart, his first spell as manager lasted 10 years from 1985 to 1995. He guided them from the bottom of the Southern League to the Conference, winning the Southern League Southern Division and then the Southern League Premier Division twice.

After leaving Dover he joined Margate, and led the club to two promotions in three seasons, reaching the Conference again. They finished 8th and 10th in their first two seasons in the conference and had two memorable FA Cup runs. Kinnear left Margate in 2005 and became a scout for the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Since returning to ‘The Whites’ in 2013, Kinnear has led them to another promotion to the Conference in the 2013/14 season, beating Ebbsfleet United in the final. Taking the club back to the Conference after a 12-year absence.

One to Watch – Mitch Brundle

Since moving to Dover in the summer last year Brundle has taken the club captaincy, and is a crucial player for ‘The Whites’. After progressing through the youth ranks at Yeovil, he made the move to Bristol City in 2013. However, after spending time on loan at Cheltenham Town, he decided to make a permanent move to Braintree in 2014.

He helped the club to a National League playoff semi-final in his last season with the club, but left for Gateshead in 2016. After only spending a season there, he moved to his current club, Dover. He normally plays in a midfield role but can also play at full-back, and his defensive mentality means that he will be trying to stop the Spireties attack by any means necessary.

As well as being more than capable in stopping the opposition scoring, Brundle isn’t shy of going for goal himself. So far this season he has been in good goalscoring form, as he is joint top goal scorer for Dover with three goals.

Head to head

The game on Saturday will be the first time the two teams have played against each other.

From the manager

Martin Allen speaking at the pre-match press conference: "We had a long session yesterday at my house with Carl Muggleton and Adrian Whitbread.

"There's no room for sulking and moaning and blaming everybody else. We have to review all the work that we've done. We have to review our team selections and our substitutions and we have to be harsh on each other, first and foremost.”

 

If you are not able to make it to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

- Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

- Uploading images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

- Providing reaction from the game on the official website

 


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