I am glad things have finally got back to normal after what seems like a never ending pre-season; playing Dagenham feels like an eternity ago. Still, it is upon us and after a super solid Kinnear away 1-0 special at Gosport the Dover bandwagon rolls on to what could be deemed a six-pointer. Well in retrospect it might be. Plenty of faces we will recognise in Billy Bricknell, Ben May et al. I think they made the wrong choice in moving up the A2, although of course time will tell. That’s another thing, the return of the footballing cliché.
I would expect Kinnear to stick with the same starting XI from Gosport. I would hate to see him start to squad rotate just to keep players happy. Keep then keen, and on the bench so when they do get a chance they take it. I would like to see Dover fly out of the blocks and run at them early on. Use the wingbacks and get plenty of crosses in hoping Charles can get on the end of them. Talking of Elliot Charles I think we may see a much changed striker as to what we saw before under Hayes. For the better of course, as his stint at Eastbourne giving him some experience at this level. Or maybe he could be better suited coming off the bench on the hour mark with fresh legs. Could Elder do a job against his old team mates, knowing his way round them? Yeah, I would start with Elder, and bring Charles on in the second half.
Apart from that I would keep it much the same. The defence picks itself and is looking very strong, another Kinnear trait. To be fair if we played out a dour 0-0 it would suit us better because it would put the willys up Ebbsfleet for what they would consider a poor start. Not that I want a bore draw, as I would like a goalfest with us the victors. Like the times we used to beat Woking 4-3, etc. Any way I’m predicting a 2-0 to Dover. 0-0 halftime and we grab an early one in the second half, then Ebbsfleet push before we settle it late on. That would do nicely.
Football at Crabble on a Tuesday night, and a local derby to boot. This is what football is all about.
Come on you Whites!