Preview: Dover Athletic vs Worthing, 10.12.22

Worthing Football Club continue their Vanamara National League South campaign with a trip to Kent to face Dover Athletic at the Crabble Athletic Ground tomorrow afternoon.

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Dover Athletic
Worthing
National League South Tuesday 31st January, 2023

The Reds have had a contrasting seven days in the lead up to the fixture, which saw an emphatic 5-1 victory away to Havant & Waterlooville followed by a 6-0 defeat to table toppers Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday evening at the Crucial Environmental Stadium.

Meanwhile, hosts Dover Athletic suffered a 2-0 away loss at the hands of Cheshunt in midweek, both goals coming from former Worthing winger Zack Newton.

Form

Worthing remain in the playoff positions in sixth despite their heavy midweek loss on 35 points, whilst Dover currently sit in mid table in 12th on 27 points, having only won one of their most recent six matches in all competitions:

Last six matches:

6th Dec (A) – Cheshunt, lost 0-2
3rd Dec (H) St Albans City, drew 1-1
26th Nov (A) Hampton & Richmond Borough, won 2-0
19th Nov (A) Uxbridge (FA Trophy second round), drew 1-1 (lost 4-2 on penalties)
15th Nov (A) Oxford City, lost 1-3
12th Nov (H) Chippenham Town, drew 1-1

Recent meetings

The two sides last met on the opening day of the season back in August:

Jake Robinson got Worthing off to the best possible start to National League South life, but an equaliser from Lee Martin just before the interval shared the spoils on matchday one.

The game was largely overshadowed by unsavoury scenes on the terraces caused by a section of Dover’s travelling “supporters”.

Team News

Lewis White is set to miss out on a place in tomorrow’s squad with illness. The winger missed Tuesday night’s defeat at Ebbsfleet and didn’t take part in training later in the week.

Danny Barker and Cam Tutt continue their recovery from injury but the away trip to Dover comes too soon for both players.

Supporter information

Tickets

Tickets are only available to buy at the ground on the day. You can find more information on https://www.doverathletic.com/
  • Adults – £16
  • Over 60 – £14
  • U18s – £8
  • U11s – FREE, must be accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Travel

Address: Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent, CT17 0JB.

By Road: Follow A27 to A23 and then M23. Join M25 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).

By Rail: 

The nearest railway station is Kearsney which is around a 15 minute walk away from the ground. This station is served by trains from London Victoria and Dover Priory, although not all trains stop at this station, so check beforehand. Dover Priory Railway Station is also served by trains from London St Pancras (change at East Croydon if getting a train from Worthing). However, the station is over two miles away from the ground, so either take another train to Kearnsey or take a taxi up to the Crabble grounds. Alternatively you can take the 90 or 91 bus from Pencester Road in the town centre up to the ground.

If walking from Kearnsey to the ground, then on exiting the station entrance turn right and walk down to the end of the station approach road. At the bottom of this road turn right, proceed under the railway bridge and take the next left into Lower Road (signposted River). Continue along Lower Road, passing the Royal Oak pub on your left and at the bottom of Lower Road (with the river on your left), turn left at the t-junction. Follow the road alongside the river passing the Crabble Mill on your left. At the end of this road turn right into Crabble Road and the entrance to the grounds is up on the left.