THE 1st team head to Dover today for another high-pressure encounter as we continue our fight to stay in the National League.
After last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Braintree at Plainmoor, the momentum should be with the Gulls, but Dover currently sit in 6th place in the National League table, and are eyeing a play-off spot. The way forward is clear says player-manager, Kevin Nicholson.
“I think it’s a case of going there, playing a game of football, the lads doing their jobs to the best of their ability,” said Kevin.” Focusing on what they can affect and focusing very short-term, just the next minute ahead of them while they are on the pitch. If they go and do that and they keep the standards that they have shown over the last 5/ or 6 weeks then we’re a match for anybody, we have shown that.”
The challenge that Dover set may be well-known to the Gaffer, but actually overcoming them will be the acid test. The Whites currently count 36-goal National League top scorer, Ricky Miller among their weapons.
“We spoke about Tranmere being a tough game to prepare for because they had so many players, and they have played several different formations all year. You know pretty much which formation they [Dover] are going to play, barring injuries. They are very physical; they are very direct. They are very, very hard working, and you know they’ll keep doing it whether they are 4-0 up, or 4-0 down. The preparation side of it is easier in the sense that you can paint a very clear picture of what is coming. The physical side of following that through is the big test. Can you physically match them for 90 minutes? Can you keep defending and keep staying strong and keep concentrating for that game, to make sure their tactics don’t work? Finally, can you put your game on them? Can you put the ball on the floor and play it in the right areas? They’re a big test and they’re a good team. That’s why they are where they are. But we know what’s coming and we’ve got to go and do our job.”
Damon Lathrope and Dan Sparkes are injury concerns heading into Saturday’s match. The Gaffer will be hoping that they both come through assessment and are available to be named in the match day squad.
The Yellow Army will be hot on the team’s heels heading towards Kent. You can still contact the Travel Club and book your place to support the team. See here. Once you’re there please give the lads every ounce of your support. Whether home or away, your support can make the difference.
Entry prices: Adults: £15 | Over 60 £12 | U16s £6 | U11 FREE (with accompanying adult)
Dover Athletic Vs Torquay United | 22/04/17 | Kick-Off 3pm
Dover Athletic FC
The Crabble Athletic Ground