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Match Preview: Dover Athletic

5 April 2019

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The Spireites travel to Dover on Saturday hoping to make it four consecutive league victories for the first time this season, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


A reminder that no tickets will be sold in advance for the game at Dover.

Admission, which is payable at the turnstiles, is priced as follows:

Adult: £17

Over 60: £14

Under-18: £8

Under-11: Free

Travel with the club's official travel service, True Blue Travel, is priced as follows:

Adult: £28 / U16 with adult: £14

Adult season ticket holder: £25 / U16 with adult season ticket holder: £12

The coach will depart at 8.30am.


Team news

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, John Sheridan confirmed that the Spireites have no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday’s game.


The Opposition

The Manager – Andy Hessenthaler

Hessenthaler took charge of Dover in October last year after departing fellow National League side Eastleigh.

This is Hessenthaler’s second stint as Dover manager after claiming back-to-back promotions in his first spell from 2007 to 2010, taking the club to the National League South as player-manager.

In 2010 he went on to manage Gillingham where he featured over 300 times as a player. Hessenthaler had a two-year spell as manager but returned to Gillingham two years later as assistant manager.

His next port of call was Leyton Orient in 2015 as assistant manager. He was appointed manager the following year but was sacked just a few months later.

Ahead of the 2017-18 season, he became assistant manager at Eastleigh before eventually taking over from Richard Hill as boss eight months later. He began this season at the Silverlake Stadium before returning to Dover for his second spell in October.

Dover currently sit in twentieth position in the table, six places below the Spireites.


One to watch - Mitch Brundle

Brundle was part of youth teams at Millwall and Cambridge United before joining up with Yeovil Town as a first-year scholar.

However, he was released by Yeovil but moved to League One side Bristol City in 2013. In January 2014 he was loaned out to Cheltenham Town until the end of the campaign.

After failing to feature for Bristol City’s first team, Brundle was released and his next move was to Braintree.

The defender had a two-year stint at Cressing Road and had a spell on loan at Hemel Hempstead Town during that time.

Gateshead were next to sign Brundle in the summer of 2016, and although he featured over 30 times for The Heed, he was released after just one season.

Following his release from Gateshead, he joined Dover in 2017 on a two-year contract.

Brundle has been a crucial player for The Whites over the past two seasons, and the defender knows where the back of the net is having scored seven goals this season.


Head to head

This is the second time that the two sides have played against each other. The first meeting ended in a goalless draw at the Proact back in early September.


From the dugout

John Sheridan: “Dover are in a vulnerable position below us, so they will be trying to win the game.

“They can beat anyone like any team and they’ve shown that with their results. Dover are a team similar to ourselves that are on a decent run. They will be confident of being at home and playing well that they can beat us.”


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