Dover Athletics strong season ends disappointingly

 

Dover Athletic managed to get into the playoffs during the normal season and were just two games away from playing at Wembley Stadium. However, a 2-1 defeat on aggregate to Forest Green see’s them stay in the National League for another season.

 

It ended in disappointment for Dover Athletic, but they can take a lot of confidence from this campaign and try to replicate that again next season. They will know how close they came to getting into the football league, and will want to try their best to give themselves a chance again next season.

 

How the playoffs panned out

 

Forest Green gave themselves a huge advantage in the first leg as they won the game 1-0 away from home. This seemed to have put the tie out of reach for this Dover side, but they certainly didn’t go down without a fight. Dover Struck back in the second leg, making the tie level on aggregate, but a 54th-minute curling effort from Keanu Marsh-Brown sent `Forest Green through.

 

A disappointing end to the season gave them possibly the hardest semifinal tie they would have got. They went six games without a win at the end of the campaign, drawing four and losing two. They will want to learn from that and take the experience into the new campaign. There is no doubt they will once again threaten up the league again next season and will be is with a massive chance of the playoffs, if not the automatic spots.


It has ended in disappointment for this Dover side, but they need to get over it as soon as possible and get themselves back together ready for next season.