Back to league action at Dover
5:40am, Mon 26th Oct 2009
Dover Athletic v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 27 October 2009
The Cards travel to familiar territory tomorrow (Tuesday) evening when they make their way to the Crabble to take on pre-season favourites, Andy Hessenthalerâ€™s Dover Athletic. The Whites lie in second place and will no doubt provide a tough test for Woking, who have now been edged out of the top five by last weekendâ€™s league games. But the Cards have an excellent away record this season and will be looking to put in the sort of performance that accounted for Chelmsford City a few weeks back.
Graham Bakerâ€™s side will be in buoyant mood after their thrilling 5-0 win over Hendon in the FA Cup on Saturday but will need to re-focus quickly on their quest for league success against a Dover team smarting from two successive defeats. Woking themselves will be aware that a defeat at the Crabble would mean two league losses in a row as a result of the 3-1 reverse at Bromley just over a week ago.
Cards fans will be interested to see if Wilfried Domoraud returns from France for this game but, with Delano Sam-Yorke in such marauding form and with Gez Sole and Harry Arter banging in the goals, Graham may not be too worried about his absence. If Graham wants to switch things around from Saturday, the likes of Sam Sloma and Luke Medley are in the wings.
Andy Hessenthaler has put together a strong squad and this encouraged the bookies to opt for a second successive promotion for the Kent side. At the back, former Eastbourne Borough keeper Lee Hook is behind a defence that includes highly experienced defender/midfielder Jake Leberl and ex-Ramsgate stopper, Olly Schultz. The midfield includes Tom Davis, the ex-St Albans, Lewes and AFC Wimbledon playmaker who has often been linked with a move to Kingfield, Nicky Southall, with over 350 League games for Gillingham and spells at Bolton and Nottingham Forest on his CV, and Craig Rocastle, cousin of the late David Rocastle. Up front, there have been goals aplenty from Frannie Collin, Adam Birchall, who signed from Barnet in the summer, and Shaun Welford, a prolific striker captured from Ramsgate two years ago.
The Whites lie in second place, four places and five points ahead of the Cards. Their only home league reverse was at the hands of Frank Grayâ€™s Basingstoke Town side on 20 October, when they lost 3-2. But Saturdayâ€™s 5-3 defeat by Eastleigh in the FA Cup made it two home losses in a row.
Dover Athletic Football Club
Crabble Athletic Ground
Telephone Number: 01304 822373
Fax Number: 01304 821383
The Supportersâ€™ Club coach leaves at 4.30pm. The cost is Â£15 for members and Â£20 for non-members. Phone the Club Shop (01483 772470) to book your place.
Head for the M25 eastbound, then take the M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury, then from Canterbury follow signs to 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 - stewards will direct you.
If you have to take the M20/A20, leave the A20 in Folkestone (the exit immediately after the tunnel through the hill) and travel through the Alkham Valley (turn left at the roundabout at the end of the slip-road and then left again, following the signs for Alkham), which will eventually take you near Kearsney train station (turn right into Lower Road just before the railway bridge, before you get to the station).
The main railway station in Dover is Dover Priory, which is approximately 2 miles from Crabble. The closest station to Crabble is Kearsney, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.
Kearsney is the last stop before Dover Priory on the line from London Victoria (via Canterbury). Some trains on this line do not stop between Canterbury East and Dover Priory, so if you are planning on getting off at Kearsney make sure that the train you are travelling on is a stopping service.
If you are travelling on the line from London Charring Cross (via Ashford) the train will not pass through Kearsney, so you will have to stop at Dover Priory, near the town centre.
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 should see the entrance to the ground. If you get off at Dover Priory it is probably best to get a bus or taxi to the ground as it is a long walk
Come on, you Cards!