Hot on the heels of a topsy turvy bank holiday fixture Dover Athletic find themselves back at HQ with a big point to prove. First they need three points but that can’t happen until…until what? If we play like we have in the last quartet of games then there is a 75% chance we will win. That is a damning statistic that will gnaw at Kinnear’s conscience. Because it is a good statistic, one that is better then throwing away the big book of Kinnear tactics and starting all over again. I still think he will start with the same XI we saw start at Whitehawk, simply because it is working. How Dover fans derided Martin Hayes for squad rotation, that admittedly didn’t work, only for Kinnear to get ironic sneers for not participating in a My Football club type team selection widget. I would like to see Dover start a little more attack minded and I would start with Ademola but it’s none of my god damn business. Perhaps we should take a look at the opposition.
Hayes have an inverse record to the Whites so far this season and are languishing in the lower half but will no doubt provide tough opposition if we wish for the three points. They are managed by ex Liverpool fullback Phil Babb who was a regular in the nineties. And a return to Crabble for Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz who was our man between the sticks the season before last. I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception, he is definitely a good keeper for this level and maybe the next, but he’ll hopefully have a stinker tomorrow, and he may even run over and give me his gloves. On paper it seems Hayes have a half decent side, but it is yet to be seen if Babb has the managerial criteria to guide this side back to the Conference premier.
As with Whitehawk on Monday, Hayes and Yeading are another poorly supported club. OK, they are groundsharing with Woking and I suppose crowds of 150-200 is not bad for a club who before the switch was only getting 3-400 a game. I wonder what Dover would get if we ground shared with Ashford, or Margate. This is their 3rd season season at Woking and I wonder when they will give us all a new ground to attend. Just looking, it seems a fair way off yet before Hayes move back ‘home’. Good luck to them, but hopefully their dire start to the season will continue tomorrow, while we look back on Dover’s and wonder how we have managed it with the most defensive line ups seen at Crabble for a long time.
Predicitions. 1-0 Dover
Attn. 783, with 25 from Hayes.