National League South Tue 31 January Crabble Athletic Ground
  • Wills (11')
  • Pearce (26')
  • Kealy (69')

The fixture comes after Worthing faced another Kent side, second-placed Dartford on Saturday:

The Reds got off to the best possible start when Darts defender Max Statham turned a Kane Wills cross into his own net to put the hosts a goal up inside the first ten minutes.

Three minutes later, Worthing doubled the lead with a sublime finish in off the crossbar from Ollie Pearce, and despite either team seeing a goal disallowed throughout the rest of the first period, the score remained 2-0 at the interval.

Nine minutes into the second half, Davide Rodari nodded home against his former club to make it 3-0 and seal all three points for Worthing against a 10-man Darts side, after striker Alex Wall was sent off 18 minutes from time.

Meanwhile, hosts Dover played out a 0-0 draw away to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.


Worthing’s emphatic victory meant they climbed to fifth in the table on 49 points from 28 games.

Dover currently sit in 15th place after their draw away to Hemel Hempstead, with 32 points having played the same amount of fixtures:

Last six matches

30/01/23 – Hemel Hempstead Town (A) – Drew 0-0
24/01/23 – Tonbridge Angels (A) – Lost 0-4
17/01/23 – Chatham Town (A) – (Kent Senior Cup) Lost 0-2
10/01/23 – Taunton Town (H) – Won 2-0
01/01/23 – Dulwich Hamlet (H) – Lost 1-2
26/12/23 – Duwlich Hamlet (A) – 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

Ibby Akanbi, who missed Saturday’s clash against Dartford with an ankle injury, is back in contention for a place in tonight’s squad. There remains a doubt over Liam Vincent who is still nursing an injury he picked up away at Eastbourne earlier in the month.

Cameron Tutt could also return to the squad for tonight’s trip to Dover. Fellow centre-back, Aaran Racine made his return on Saturday as the pair have worked together on their recovery.

Davide Rodari was substituted on Saturday as a precaution, with the forward dealing with a slight knock on his knee. However, it isn’t likely to effect his place in the squad tonight.

Worn both shirts

Current Folkestone Invicta winger Ira Jackson has played for both of tomorrow evening’s sides:

The winger joined Worthing from Whitstable Town in January of 2016, being a part of the playoff-winning campaign gaining promotion to the Isthmian Premier League for the 2016/17 campaign.

He then moved to Dover in the summer of 2016 before being loaned to Margate the following season.

Supporter information


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


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.

How to follow

If you cannot make the trip, you can follow the action via the club’s twitter account.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide live commentary through RebelYell due to Dover’s “ground regulations”.