Dover Athletic vs Aldershot Town

Crabble Athletic Ground was full house on bank holiday Monday, August 29, 2016, 22:00 for the meeting of Dover Athletic vs. Aldershot Town. But I have to tell you it was painful bank holiday for Dover as they have defeated at home by shots with 2-0. This was a match in National League where every single point was very valuable. League matches are always very special and this match was no different.

So far, In last 10 matches, between two clubs, Aldershot didn’t made any victory except in crabble. Hence, It was definitely the most awaiting win for shots. Chris Kinnear, Manager of Dover Athletic, distinguished poor performance in first half as the prime reason of vanquish against Aldershot Town.

In Monday game, Ricky Miller almost levelled matters after coming off the bench at half time, but Chris is still undecided if the striker will make his starting XI for the next match. ‘The way we play is to not change things too quick, but Miller does make a difference. There are still fifty odd games and I am sure he will have a lot to do to help us.

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It was the eighth meeting between Dover Athletic vs. Aldershot Town, fifth in ongoing league. Previously they have met head to head back in December, 2015, where Aldershot Town flattened by by 5-2. But this time shots have been seen back on winning track with 2-1 victory over Dover Athletic.

It was record win for shots at crabble as its first and only win from shots at crabble till now against Dover. Dover has slipped off at 12th place after defeat against shots which will cause bit more pain in butt to recover again. So far in the FA cup Dover has managed to win 3 games which is under performance by club comparing to his previous leagues.

In talk with Dover Express earlier this month, winger Ricky Modeste said: “Sure we have lost players the calibre of Stefan (Payne), Nicky (Deverdics) and Sean (Raggett), but that doesn’t mean we cannot build on what we achieved last season. We’re certainly looking to push on and go one or two steps further… I hear people say that a mid-table finish would be a good result this season. Well, it may be for them, but not as far as we are concerned. There is no point playing if you want to settle for that sort of finish – we are determined to put that play-off semi-final defeat behind us.”

In this game Dover had a chance to took advantage of non-appearance of shots last season’s top scorer Charlie Walker. As reports stated he won’t be able to appear in squad at least a month due to his ankle ligaments in pre-season.

As Kinnear has narrated, still have space in squad for augmentation, “We are still trying to bring a couple in, but we are competing with people who want lots of money for their players and players who also want lots as well. We are not quite in that category yet, but we will see how it goes.”

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