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Match Preview: Dover Athletic

2 August 2019

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The Spireites face Dover Athletic on Saturday (3pm) in their first league match of the 2019/20 season. Here is our match preview…


Here are the prices for this fixture:

Adults: £18

Concessions 65+: £14

17-21: £11

Under 16: £7

Under 7: £5

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Team News:

John Sheridan will have a tough decision to make when picking his first starting XI of the season, but it is likely that most of the new signings will play some part in the game. Anthony Gerrard is ruled out due to a hamstring injury.


The Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Hessenthaler will begin his first full season with Dover Athletic since returning as manager back in October 2018.

After playing for the likes of Watford and Hull City, Hessenthaler’s first non-playing role after resigning as player-manager of Gillingham was with the Whites in 2007.

He’d go on to manage Dover for three years before resigning and re-joining Gillingham at the end of the 2009/10 season.

After losing his job with Gillingham in 2012, Hessenthaler’s next permanent coaching role was as assistant manager at Leyton Orient in 2015, where he’d go on to be appointed manager, replacing Kevin Nolan towards the end of the season.

In September 2016, Hessenthaler was sacked by Orient but in April 2017 he was appointed assistant manager of Eastleigh.

In November of the same year, he was appointed manager of the Spitfires but left 11 months later to re-join Dover.

He guided Dover to a midtable finish last season, just one place above the Spireites.  

One-to-watch: Inih Effiong

Last season’s top goalscorer with nine goals, Inih Effiong, has shown signs in pre-season that he is ready to surpass his goal tally last season for the Whites after a decent first year with Dover Athletic.

The 28-year-old started his career at St. Albans City before bouncing around non-league for the likes of Boreham Wood, Hitchin Town, Chesham United and Hayes and Yeading United, before moving to Biggleswade Town in 2015.

He had two breakout years with the Waders in the Southern League Premier Division, scoring 16 in his first season and 23 the year after.

This earnt him a move to National League Barrow in 2017 but only scored the once in seven appearances.

He moved to Woking on a free the following summer and after scoring ten goals in all competitions in just half a season, he attracted the interest of Ross County who signed him for an undisclosed fee in January 2018.

But the move didn’t work out for the striker and he left the club after just three months and two appearances and joined Dover the following summer.

Head to head:

Chesterfield and Dover have only met twice before, with both fixtures last season ending in a goalless draw.

From the dugout:

John Sheridan said: “I don’t underestimate the challenge, I think it’s tougher than last season.

“I think that the teams that have come in it, Yeovil, Torquay, Stockport and one or two others are going to make it a tougher league so we’ll look forward to it and we’ve got to believe in ourselves that we can have a successful season.”


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-Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

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-Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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