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Match preview: Dover Athletic

13 March 2020

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The Spireites will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they face Dover Athletic on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Here is our big match preview…


Standard admission to the terraces is priced as follows:

Adult: £18

Over-60: £15

Under-18: £9

Under-11: Free with an accompanying adult

Please note that there is a gradual slope up to the away turnstiles, although it is steep in some places. There is a courtesy buggy for supporters who may need assistance accessing the turnstiles.

Any supporter wishing to transfer to the seating area in the main stand within the segregated area can do so at an additional charge of £1.50 (adult)/£1 (concession). Under-11s can transfer for free. This charge is payable in cash at the stand.

Team News:

Manager John Pemberton confirmed there are no new injury concerns. A couple of illnesses in the squad will be assessed before Saturday.


Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Hessenthaler’s playing career started at non-league clubs like Corinthian, Dartford and Redbridge Forest before earning a £65,000 move to Watford in 1991.

He played in nearly 200 matches for the Hornets before moving to Gillingham where he would spend ten years, playing over 300 times.

The step into management began at Gillingham where he had three spells – the first being in 2000. During that time Hessenthaler took charge of Dover for the first time in 2007 and enjoyed back-to-back promotions.

After further jobs at Leyton Orient and Eastleigh, the 54-year-old took back the reins at Dover last season and successfully guided the club to safety.

So far this season, his side have enjoyed a steady campaign, currently sitting 12th in the National League.

One to watch: Inih Effiong

Effiong began his career at St Albans City making his debut in 2008. The striker went on to play for several clubs such as Boreham Wood, Chesham United and Biggleswade Town.

After a successful time at Biggleswade, the 29-year old came back to the National League, playing for Barrow and Woking.

Following a brief spell in Scotland with Ross County, Effiong moved to Dover in June 2018 and was the club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals.

He has netted 16 times so far this campaign and with his powerful style of play, he will be a real goal threat.

Head to Head:

The two sides have faced off only three times in the past. The Spireites have never beaten Dover - there has been two draws and a defeat for Chesterfield earlier this season.

The game in August saw Scott Boden put the Spireites ahead before a late turnaround gave Dover all three points.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton said: “If we do our bit we’re okay. It’s in our hands, which is important. I only want to worry about us – I don’t want to be relying on other teams. I don’t want people to think the pressure is off. There was a bit of relief after last weekend, but we need to get down to it again.”


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