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Dover Athletic v Hayes and Yeading United preview

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.

 

Whitehawk 0 Dover Athletic 1

Nice sunny day, no car sickness, and a new ground as well.  It did look as though Whitehawk had erected their 1000 seats not through expectation more ground grading issues.  It felt like being at a really large Tennis match.

Dover at new rivals Whitehawk
Dover at new rivals Whitehawk

All though it must be said the location in the bosom of the South Downs was nice, and how many teams can boast their mascot is a chalk drawing on a hillside?  Nice touch that.  I don’t want to knock them but what are they hoping will happen?  The crowd today was 338 and I expect half of them were Dover fans.  What’s the point if you have no fan base?  I would expect them to be in the lowest quartile of attendances this season.  But they are not my club and I don’t know why the football people of Brighton are indifferent to Whitehawk, maybe because they can already watch a nearby club that could get into the premier league next season.

Anyway, the game.  No surprises really as Kinnear opted for nearly the same tactics, again, but leaving Wynter on the bench this time.  Dover showed glimpses of promise throughout the first half and were rewarded when Murphy converted a penalty.  But then they just seemed to sit back to soak up increasing amounts of Whitehawk pressure.  The huge diagonal slope the pitch possessed didn’t help either and it was hot enough sitting in the open stand let alone run around.  But, Dover players are paid athletes, they know they will have to play some games in furnace like conditions so they should be well prepared.  But they went flat, totally inert.  Not through the heat I don’t think, but through the tactics employed.  As an attacking force we were non existent not muster one single attack let alone testing the keeper.  Whitehawk showed how they can score six goals in a game by launching blow after blow as we sat back on the ropes relying on the impressive Mitch Walker to save us.  As has been said we should have got Ademola and Bakare on to run at the tired Whitehawk defence, and it is bewildering either have hardly featured yet this season.  Bringing Elder on seemed to be a token gesture.  He is a big, strong lad but lacks pace, and caused little bother.  I think the Charles up front alone hasn’t really been the shining light we may have hoped for.  He needs someone to work off.  Murphy plays a little too deep to be classed as an out and out striker.

But, in saying all that, at least we won and we may look back on this result and see it as a title clincher.  I’m sure we will get better, and sitting fourth with the likes of Eastleigh, Ebbsfleet, and Sutton below us is a good thing.

Onwards to Hayes and Yeading it is then.

 

Dover Athletic v Whitehawk preview

Coming thick and fast on the heels of a gloomy defeat Dover pack up their troubles and head to the realms of sunny Brighton where they take on another gang of new boys in Whitehawk FC.  They have had the fun, like the Whites, to float straight from Ryman South to Skrill South as if the Ryman Premier was never there.  I don’t know who witnessed it, though, apart from the players, because they are not the best supported of teams, which is a shame as it seems they have a lot to give the floating punter.  Championships, ex-pros, Jerahl Hughes, and a bureaucratically sounding ground name, ‘The Enclosed Ground’.  They haven’t found life in the Skrill South that comfortable yet, as they suffered two early defeats.  But then go and thrash Dorchester, away, 6-2.  Boring 0-0 I suppose it’ll be then.

They do seem to have picked up a few ex Gillingham stalwarts along with ex-white Jerahl Hughes.  How we miss his tormenting of opposition defences.  Perhaps he’ll overlay tomorrow and miss his bus.  Also, I have just noted they have a player called Danny Mills who mucked in with five goals yesterday.  I think this is a tough one for Messrs Kinnear and Leberl.  I reckon they will stick with the same defensive line up that has served well for 66.66% of the season so far.  Why not just go 4 4 2.  Have someone to work off Charles and win the channels, maybe Ademola or Bakare.  We need someone to run at defences and have support so that when/if they carve an opening someone is there to have a pop.  Murphy.  The man Murphy, give him the freedom to run.  Scare the life out of them.  Defenders will mop up long balls all day.  Something to shake things up.

Or whatever, it’s a day out, and a new ground.

Attn: 457  (Dover 200)

Score: 2-2