7:45pm - TuesdayTue 22nd NovemberNov 2016
Crabble Athletic Ground | Att: 823

Dover Athletic
Dover Athletic
3 - 1


Cards look to build on away win

Brian Caffarey
7:48pm, Sun 20th Nov 2016
Dover Athletic v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Cards, buoyed by their excellent 3-0 win at Maidstone United on Saturday, travel to Crabble on Tuesday evening for what is always one of the toughest away games of the season. Let’s hope that another wholehearted performance enables Garry Hill’s side to come away with a point or three.


After a slightly uncertain first 25 minutes or so at the Gallagher Stadium yesterday the Cards went on to dominate the game, leaving Maidstone looking a pretty disheartened outfit by the end. It was a terrific team performance, started initially by a couple of fine saves from keeper Brandon Hall, showing his England C form, and then building on some commanding defending by the impressive Terell Thomas, Brian Saah and Joey Jones in particular, some skillful offensive midfield play from Keiran Murtagh especially, and two superb headers from the hard-working Gozie Ugwu, latching on to marvellous crosses from Jake Caprice. But what was most noticeable was the energy and commitment of the whole side as they pressed the opposition, never giving them a chance to settle. Jurgen Klopp would have approved!

It’s tough to expect the side to play to the same high standard on Tuesday but that’s almost certainly what will be needed to get any joy from a Dover side who have been in fine form. Indeed, Garry Hill will want to stress the importance of starting more quickly than his charges did at the Gallagher Stadium.


Chris Kinnear is proving yet again what an accomplished manager he is in the non-League game. Having taken Dover to the play-offs last year, he saw three of his best players leave in the summer: top scorer Stefan Payne joining Barnsley, influential midfielder Nicky Deverdics signing for Hartlepool and defender Sean Raggett joining Lincoln City. But the Whites have made light of these losses and look set to challenge for another play-off place, currently sitting in 6th position with 37 points from 20 games.

They are hugely indebted to the form shown by Ricky Miller, who has already bagged 23 goals this season in all competitions. But Dover look strong in all areas, with some useful additions made in the summer to compensate for the departures. Among them were keeper Steve Arnold arriving from Forest Green Rovers; midfielder Jim Stevenson joining from Aldershot Town; striker Ross Lafayette from Eastleigh; centre back Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, formerly with Crystal Palace and Hearts; and Ira Jackson Jr, an Academy graduate who featured for Worthing last season. Two recent additions are Joe Healy, opting to join the Whites rather than stay at Maidstone United; and 21 year-old former West Ham midfielder, Amos Nasha. Defender Ayo Obileye is on a two-month loan from Eastleigh.

Both Ricky Miller (in the Academy) and Ross Lafayette (on loan) have worn the Cardinal red and white, but there are several other former Woking players in the Whites’ squad: Moses Emmanuel (formerly Ademola), Jack Parkinson and Aswad Thomas.

Other, familiar, names from last season include keeper Mitch Walker, defenders Richard Orlu, Tyrone Sterling and Jamie Grimes and forwards Ricky Modeste and Tyrone Marsh. Sammy Moore has returned to Crabble on loan from Leyton Orient.

At home Dover have won seven league games and lost three. Notable scalps include Forest Green Rovers, Lincoln City and Barrow. On Saturday they beat Guiseley 2-0 at home, with goals early in the second half from Ricky Miller and Moses Emmanuel.

In the FA Cup Dover beat Burgess Hill 5-0 away in the 4th Qualifying Round. They drew 1-1 at Cambridge United in the 1st Round Proper and, on Thursday evening, lost 4-2 at home, after extra time, in the replay, being hauled back as late as the 90th minute after Ricky Miller had given them the lead.


Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
CT17 0JB

Official website:

By coach

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.

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 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 17.07, arriving at 18.15, or, via a change at Ashford International, the 17.20, arriving at 18.40. But trains back are more complicated, with the 22.48 from Dover Priory, arriving at St Pancras at 23.54, probably the best bet.

Trains down to Kearsney, either from Cannon Street or Victoria, are generally slower. But possibilities are the 16.37 from Victoria, arriving at 18.35, and the 17.08 from Cannon Street, arriving at 19.00. Going back, there is a train, if you’re quick, at 22.01 to Dover Priory, where you could catch the 22.48 to St Pancras (see above), but the 22.09 doesn’t reach Victoria till 00.37.

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

On Saturday Dover opened a new £1.3m Family Stand, with 500 seats, and incorporating new changing rooms etc.


The Cards are at home to Gateshead next Saturday (26 November) and then at home again, to Bromley, on the Tuesday evening (29 November). A busy week is completed with the home Emirates FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley at 2pm on Sunday 4 December.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget the Cards Trust Quiz Night on Friday 25 November. See the official site for details.

No repeat performance by Cards

Brian Caffarey
9:24am, Wed 23rd Nov 2016
Dover Athletic 3 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
22 November 2016

Garry Hill may have hoped that choosing the same side that won so handsomely at Maidstone United would bring a repeat performance but he found himself sadly disappointed. It was back to the ‘old’ Woking, with some calamitous defending making it easy for a tough, powerful, disciplined, efficient Dover side, who always looked to have the competitive edge. Two, fairly scruffy, goals separated the sides at half-time, but, immediately after the break, the Cards threw away any chance of getting back into the game with some dreadful defending. Gozie Ugwu pulled a goal back but it never looked likely that it would inspire a comeback.

The only change for the Cards was on the substitutes’ bench, where Dennon Lewis came in for Anthony Edgar. Dover were missing top scorer, Ricky Miller, which was probably just as well from the Cards’ point of view because his replacement, Ross Lafayette, helped himself to two goals. Heaven knows how many Miller might have grabbed. To rub salt into the wounds, the Whites’ other scorer was another ex-Card, Moses Emmanuel.

The Cards started shakily, with Lafayette immediately threatening and Terrell Thomas and Brandon Hall on different wavelengths as the former sliced the ball onto the roof of the net. A fierce Sam Magri effort produced a second corner. Woking countered a few minutes later with Jake Caprice’s first run down the right producing a fine, whipped-in cross, which no Woking forward could reach, however. This was the first of several such crosses, all producing the same result. In contrast, there was little attacking threat down the left-hand side saving the odd foray there from Keiran Murtagh or Luke Kandi. It was Kandi who executed a clever turn and pull back to Murtagh, but the Cards skipper could only blast it high and very wide.

Aside from Caprice, the Cards’ other main threat came from Fabio Saraiva, who, as the half went on, fired in a couple of characteristic left-footed efforts from distance. The aggressive Lafayette and Emmanuel posed more of a continuing threat at the other end with their combination of power and pace. Emmanuel, in the 18th minute, hit a loose ball well over but two minutes later the home side went in front. The Cards’ defence failed to clear the ball in a scramble in the box. It was scooped to the far post where Lafayette, unmarked, had the relatively simple task of nodding it in.

After another Emmanuel effort had gone wide the Cards began to look as though they might make a real game of it as they created several promising attacks. Joey Jones did well to chest down a Saraiva free-kick but then elaborated instead of shooting first time. Kandi almost latched onto a short back-pass. A Murtagh back-heel freed Caprice for another fine cross and Saraiva fired in a well-executed volley – unfortunately straight at the keeper. And yet another cross whizzed past the goalmouth.

But just as one was beginning to think that it was turning into a fairly even contest and how vital it would be for the Cards to go into the break only a goal down, Dover doubled their lead. A long throw in the 42nd minute led to more confusion in the Woking area and, in spite of vociferous claims for offside from the Woking players, Lafayette and Emmanuel combined for the latter to poke the ball home beyond Hall.

Before half-time came Emmanuel had the chance to add another goal, scampering down the Woking left only to hammer the ball over the bar.

Half-time: Dover Athletic 2 Woking 0

At 2-0 down it looked a very tough, but not impossible, task for Garry Hill’s side to get something from the game. But all hopes were immediately dashed. An innocuous free-kick was lofted forward just outside the Woking area. Lafayette, completely unchallenged, had all the time in the world to bring it down and, almost in slow motion, take it forward and slot it past Hall. Game effectively over.

For a few minutes the Woking side rocked and it looked as though Dover might pile on the misery. Thomas and Jones were caught napping on the ball. Murtagh misplaced a simple pass and Dover were completely on top as they swarmed round the Woking players, winning almost every challenge.

Out of the blue, the Cards produced a goal and steadied the ship. In almost a repeat of his two goals at Maidstone the hard-working Ugwu headed a fine Caprice cross back across the keeper to make it 3-1 on 56 minutes.

Garry Hill brought on Ismail Yakubu for Thomas and Frankie Sutherland for Charlie Carter, followed fairly soon by Delano Sam-Yorke for Frazer Shaw. A short back pass by Saah almost allowed Dover in, while at the other end a glancing Sutherland header finished a nice move by Kandi and Saraiva, but it did not trouble the Dover keeper.

Dover piled on the pressure again around the 70 minute mark. Hall made a tremendous save from Pinnock before a fierce Stevenson effort was deflected for a corner and the same player then produced another piledriver.

Ugwu countered with a break down the Dover right but chose to chip the ball across when he looked to have had a shooting opportunity.

Hall impressed again with a fine save, with Saraiva doing just enough to prevent the rebound being gobbled up, the deflected strike going inches wide of the post.

The Cards had a great chance to reduce the deficit in the 77th minute when Caprice made a penetrating run through the middle and hit a swerving, low drive which the Dover keeper could only fumble, but Sam-Yorke, sliding in, put the ball wide of the post.

Thereafter the Whites saw the game out pretty comfortably. Sutherland threatened as he made space for himself but saw his shot drift wide of the post. And Yakubu’s wayward back pass almost presented Dover with a fourth goal, Hall just managing to clear.

This was a disappointing performance by Garry Hill’s side. Dover were always likely to present a more demanding challenge than Maidstone did on Saturday but the Cards did not really rise to it, generally looking second best in terms of determination, aggression and self-belief and, crucially, allowing defensive frailties to resurface. The team now have to concentrate on gaining some points from two difficult home games: against Gateshead on Saturday and Bromley on Tuesday.

Dover Athletic: Steve Arnold, Sam Magri, Aswad Thomas, Richard Orlu, Jim Stevenson, Mitchell Pinnock, Jamie Grimes, Tyrone Sterling, Moses Emmanuel (Joe Healy 83), Sammy Moore (Chris Kinnear Jnr 84), Ross Lafayette

Unused subs: Mitch Walker, Jack Parkinson, Ira Jackson Jnr

Goals: Ross Lafayette 20, 42; Moses Emmanuel 26

Booking: Chris Kinnear Jnr

Woking: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Frazer Shaw (Delano Sam-Yorke 64) , Terrell Thomas, Brian Saah (Ismail Yakubu 58), Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Fabio Saraiva, Charlie Carter (Frankie Sutherland 58), Gozie Ugwu, Luke Kandi

Unused subs: Andy Little, Dennon Lewis

Goal: Gozie Ugwu 56

My Woking MOTM: Jake Caprice (pictured)

Attendance: 823

Dover Athletic LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
2Jake Caprice
24Frazer Shaw ('64)
3Terell Thomas
5Brian Saah ('58)
4Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
12Charlie Carter ('58)
14Fabio Saraiva
9Gozie Ugwu
21Chike Kandi
Andy Little
6Ismail Yakubu ('58)
23Frankie Sutherland ('58)
16Dennon Lewis
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('64)

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