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Dover Athletic
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Friday Night Football for the Cards

Nick Shaw
10:37am, Thu 24th Sep 2015
Dover Athletic v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Friday 25 September 2015

The Cards travel to Crabble on Friday evening for a match that is being televised live by BT Sport. Games between these two sides are always keenly contested, so this should prove to be a lively encounter for the cameras. If you can’t make it to the game, why not come and watch the match Live on the Big Screen in the Cardinals’ Bar?


The Cards suffered their second defeat in a row on Tuesday evening at Braintree Town, with Garry Hill making three changes to the side that lost to Cheltenham Town on Saturday. Giuseppe Sole, Godfrey Poku, and Joey Jones came in for Harry Cardwell, Jimmy Keohane, and Jake Caprice. Mark Ricketts is getting closer to a return, after being involved in the pre-match warm-up on Tuesday.


After a poor start last season – which reached its nadir with their 6-1 defeat at Kingfield – the Whites recovered strongly and became one of the form sides, eventually finishing only one place behind the Cards, though eight points adrift.

Canny manager Chris Kinnear has managed to retain most of the Whites’ key players from last season, including prolific striker Stefan Payne and talented midfielders Nick Deverdics and Tom Murphy. Other familiar names include keeper Mitch Walker, defenders Richard Orlu, Sean Raggett and Tyrone Sterling, and winger Ricky Modeste.

New arrivals include two ex-Cards, Jack Parkinson and Aswad Thomas. Parkinson appeared for Leyton Orient in the pre-season friendly at Kingfield and was apparently offered a contract but decided to join Dover. Thomas briefly rejoined the Cards towards the end of last season from Grimsby Town but made only one appearance before injuring his hand. A key addition to the Whites’ squad was Jamie Grimes, joining from Kidderminster Harriers to replace Connor Essam, who has joined Orient. Ricky Miller converted his loan to a permanent signing and has been joined up front by 6’4� Duane Ofori-Achampong, who was released by Torquay. Other arrivals were midfielder Naby Diallo, who counts Bristol City and Bristol Rovers among his previous clubs; and 21 year-old defender Sam Magri, most recently with Crystal Palace.

The Whites started the season with a defeat at Barrow but then went on a seven-match unbeaten run, with three wins at home (over Kidderminster Harriers, Altrincham and Boreham Wood) and four draws (Chester at home, and Aldershot, Bromley and Southport away). The run was ended away to Cheltenham Town, which was then followed by two 0-0 draws at home to Braintree Town and Guiseley AFC. On Tuesday evening they defeated Eastleigh 5-2 away, which resulted in Eastleigh manager Richard Hill resigning the next day.


Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
CT17 0JB

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By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 4pm. The cost is £19 for members and £24 for non-members, with accompanied U16s (a maximum of two per adult) £10/£12. Ring or email the Club Shop to book your place (01843 772470 or

By car

The directions on Dover’s official website are as follows: make your way to the M25 and then take the M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury and then Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout (there is a McDonald's Drive-Thru on the left).

Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge; the ground is a little further up the road on the left.

There is no parking for supporters within the ground, although parking is available in the rugby ground, which is just inside the main entrance.

By train

The main railway station in Dover is Dover Priory, which is about two miles from Crabble and would take you about 25/30 minutes on foot. The closest station to Crabble is Kearsney, which is about a 15/20 minute walk from the ground. If you get off at Kearsney, turn right as you leave the station, go under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the left (Lower Road). Follow Lower Road all the way along, past a pond on your right and Crabble Corn Mill on your left. At the end you will see the Cricketers pub on the other side of the road. Turn right and you will see the entrance to the ground.

Getting down to Dover Priory is reasonably straightforward: make your way to St Pancras International and catch the 17.37, arriving at 18.45, or, cutting it fine, the 18.07, arriving at 19.15. But trains back are more complicated, with the 22.49 from Dover Priory, arriving at St Pancras at 23.54 probably the best bet.

Trains down to Kearsney, either from Waterloo or Victoria, are generally slower or not conveniently timed.

A careful study of or is advisable for anyone thinking of travelling by train.


Adults: £15
Over 60's: £12
Under 18's: £6
Under 11's (accompanied): FREE

Transfer to the seated stands:

Adults: £1.50
Over 60's & Under 18s: £1
Under 11's: Free


Dover Athletic 2 Woking 1
6 April 2015

This was the game that finally killed off Woking’s play-off hopes following their 2-2 home draw against Welling United a couple of days earlier, although the Cards went to record victories against Gateshead and FC Halifax Town and a draw at Nuneaton before the season ended.

It looked promising at half-time after Yemi Odubade had given the Cards the lead in the 37th minute, pouncing when keeper Mitch Walker could only parry Kevin Betsy’s shot into his path. Woking had largely dominated the first half hour of the game but the home side had begun to come more into the game, so the goal seemed timely.

But a tired-looking Cards side never got going after the break in a half which Dover almost completely controlled. Within four minutes the scores were level as danger man Stefan Payne got his head to a ball hammered in and deflected it past Michael Crowe.

Woking’s on-loan keeper was kept busy in the remainder of the half but couldn’t prevent Payne from scoring the deserved winner from the spot after Brian Saah, who was sent off for his troubles, had brought him down.

Woking : Michael Crowe, Adam Newton, Mark Ricketts, Brian Saah, Chris Arthur, Manny Oyeleke (John Goddard 65), Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, Kevin Betsy, Scott Rendell, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 65)

Unused subs: Charles Banya, John Nutter, Andy Little

Goal: Yemi Odubade 37

Dover Athletic: Mitch Walker, Sean Raggett, Richard Orlu, Ricky Modeste, Tom Murphy (Tom Wynter 92), Stefan Payne, Sean Francis, Tyrone Sterling, Nick Deverdics, Solomon Taiwo, Connor Essam

Unused subs: Barry Cogan, Liam Bellamy, Chris Kinnear, James Poole

Goals: Stefan Payne 49 and 89 (pen)


The Cards’ next game is at home to Southport on Saturday 3 October.

Come on, you Cards!

Payneful experience as Cards slip to third consecutive defeat

Phil Batts
10:36am, Sat 26th Sep 2015
Dover Athletic 2 Woking 0

The Vanarama National League

September 25th 2015

These two sides came into the match in front of the live BT cameras on the back of contrasting fortunes. The home side was on a run of three unbeaten games, including Tuesday night's 5-2 trouncing of promotion hopefuls and big spenders Eastleigh on their own ground. The victory had moved them up to tenth place in the Vanarama National League. Woking, however, were looking to avoid a third successive defeat which had seen them slip to sixth.

Garry Hill made three changes to the line-up which started in Tuesday night's narrow defeat at Braintree. Captain Mark Ricketts made a welcome return from the ankle injury he sustained at Boreham Wood at the end of August whilst Jake Caprice and Jimmy Keohane both came back into the side having only made the substitutes bench at Braintree. Joey Jones, Giuseppe Sole and Godfrey Poku made way for the three returnees.

Lining up in a 4-5-1 formation but with wide men Bruno Andrade and John Goddard no doubt looking to push forward in support of Dan Holman whenever possible, the Cards got off to the worst possible start after just two minutes. Craig Braham-Barrett tugged back Toby Ajala in the penalty box and referee Mr Whitton, having been given the nod by his assistant, pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped a confident looking Nicky Deverdics to take the kick but Jake Cole guessed correctly and saved smartly to his right to deny the home striker.

This reprieve should have provided the visitors with the wake-up call they needed but alas it was not to be as less than a minute later, they found themselves behind and it was all too easy. A through ball inside Terell Thomas allowed Stefan Payne to burst through and score through Cole's legs. Having performed heroics with the penalty, the Woking stopper may have felt that he could have done better on this occasion.

This had been a terrible start for the Cards and, still at sixes and sevens, they almost conceded a second as ex-Card Aswad Thomas whizzed a dangerous pass across the six-yard box which Ajala could not quite get on the end of. Deverdics then hit a free kick marginally over the bar as Woking continued to struggle to come to terms with the lively Dover attack, backed up by a midfield which constantly harried their opponents out of the ball.

Eventually, however, Garry Hill's men started to settle and string a few passes together but without looking as though they could put any real pressure on the home defence. A couple of John Goddard free kicks around the box were a little predictable and easily snuffed out and their first corner just past the half-hour also came to nothing.

Nevertheless, the Cards were now starting to enjoy their fair share of possession and Jake Caprice was starting to make in-roads with his energetic probing down the right flank.

On thirty minutes, Thomas did well to break up a Dover attack and found Goddard who played an incisive through ball into the path of Keiran Murtagh, who up until this point had been having one of his quieter matches this season. The midfielder did well to get his shot away but it was deflected for a corner. The set-piece, not for the first time in the evening, came to nothing.

The game was now starting to open up and Liam Bellamy shot wide up the other end from twenty-five yards.

With the Cards still missing that extra bit of quality in the final third of the pitch, it was the home side who came closest to adding to their tally right on half-time as Ricky Miller's left-footed free kick from just outside the box was pawed away by Cole high to his left to end a pretty dismal opening forty-five minutes for Garry Hill and his players.

Half-time: Dover Athletic 1 Woking 0

Woking came out with greater determination at the start of the second half, no doubt with a few home truths from the manager ringing in their ears. Some good possession kept the home side pinned back in their own half in the first few minutes but again, they could not find that incisive final ball to suggest that an equaliser was imminent.

Having survived their opponents' mini revival, Dover came storming back as a swerving and dipping drive from Richard Orlu produced a fine tip-over from Cole. The Woking 'keeper was called into action again shortly after as he kept out Miller's header from another Deverdics free kick.

With only one goal the difference, Woking were still in the game though although the home side were still looking the more threatening. The visitors kept doggedly to their task, nevertheless, as Goddard's prompting suggested that all was not lost.

Midway through the half, hopes were raised as Goddard engineered enough space for himself in the box to get a low shot away which Mitch Walker in the Dover goal could not hold. Dan Holman, who had worked hard all evening with little reward, was almost on hand to knock in the rebound but desperate defending saw the ball cleared in the nick of time.

In the fifty-eighth minute Joey Jones replaced Thomas, who appeared to have picked up a slight knock.

As the game entered the last quarter of an hour and with Woking still not out of it, Dover found that all-important second goal. As with the opener, there appeared to be no immediate danger for the Woking defence to deal with as substitute Duane Ofori- Acheampong received the ball just inside the penalty area. He was allowed time and space to play in Payne, however, who clinically slotted home for his second goal of the night.

A final throw of the dice from the Cards' manager then saw a double substitution as Giuseppe Sole and Harry Cardwell replaced Goddard and Ricketts.

It could quite easily have been 3-0 to the home side a few minutes later, however, as substitute Tom Murphy managed to scoop over from six yards out when it seemed easier to score.

With time running out, Woking's frustration spilled over in the final few minutes as Murtagh and Sole were booked to bring the team's total of yellow cards to five for the night in what had been neither a physical nor bad-tempered encounter.

This will not go down as one of Woking's greatest ninety minutes of football as they were well beaten by an impressive Dover outfit, no doubt made to look a little better on the night by a well under-par performance from their visitors.

Garry Hill had no complaints when interviewed after the match, commenting that the better team won on the night and that his players had not shown any quality or cutting edge, having given themselves a mountain to climb after a disastrous opening few minutes.

This loss is the Cards' third on the spin, which has seen them score just the one goal and slip from the heady heights of second place in the league to ninth. It is hardly time for talk of a crisis, however. Having had to deal with an early season spate of injuries which ripped the spine out of the team, they did incredibly well in the face of adversity to lift themselves as high up the table as they did. What followed, with Cheltenham at home, followed by Braintree and Dover away in the space of six days, was never going to be an easy sequence of fixtures, so hopefully the upcoming eight day break will give Garry and his players the chance to regroup and go again with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Next up, Southport at home on Saturday 3rd October.

Woking: Jake Cole, Craig Braham-Barrett, Terell Thomas (Joey Jones 58), Brian Saah, Jake Caprice, Bruno Andrade, Mark Ricketts (c) (Harry Cardwell 77), John Goddard (Giuseppe Sole 77), Keiran Murtagh, Jimmy Keohane, Daniel Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Godfrey Poku

Cautioned: Jake Caprice (18), Terell Thomas(39), Mark Ricketts (45), Keiran Murtagh (87), Giuseppe Sole (90)

Dover Athletic: Mitch Walker, Sam Magri, Sean Raggett, Liam Bellamy (Tom Murphy 54), Jamie Grimes, Richard Orlu, Aswad Thomas, Toby Ajala (Nabi Diallo 82), Nicky Deverdics, Ricky Miller (Duane Ofori-Acheampong 70), Stefan Payne

Unused subs: Andy Rafferty, Jaydon Gibbs

Goals: Stefan Payne (3 + 75)

Cautioned: Aswad Thomas (68)

My MOTM: Jake Caprice – difficult to single out a Woking player who did themselves justice on the night but the full-back never game up and his attacking raids down the right flank were one of the few positives to be taken from the match

Attendance: 864
Dover Athletic LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
25Craig Braham-Barrett
22Terell Thomas ('59)
5Brian Saah
4Mark Ricketts ('79)
8Keiran Murtagh
23Jimmy Keohane
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard ('79)
20Dan Holman
18Nick Hamann
7Joey Jones ('59)
12Godfrey Poku
10Giuseppe Sole ('79)
24Harry Cardwell ('79)

Dover Athletic 2 - 0 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

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