Newly promoted Aveley shocked the previously perfect Reds, coming away from the Sussex Transport Community Stadium with a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
The match was shrouded in controversy however; Joan Luque’s 46th minute penalty was ruled out for encroachment with the referee opting to award the visitors a free-kick, instead of ordering for a re-take.
Luque did eventually get on the scoresheet later in the half but it wasn’t enough to rescue anything from the game and the Millers joined Adam Hinshelwood’s men on nine points at the top of the table.
The Whites had a close call last season, retaining their National League status only by virtue of goal difference after going on a run of collecting just four points from their final twelve games of the season.
They’ll start the game in 15th position but have only lost one of their opening four games this season, at Tonbridge Angels.
5/8 – Torquay United (h) – Drew 2-2
12/8 – Slough Town (a) – Won 2-1
15/8 – Tonbridge Angels (a) – Lost 1-0
19/8 – Braintree Town (h) – Drew 1-1
The Rebels made their National League bow when Dover visited Woodside Road last August. Jake Robinson gave the home side the perfect start, scoring inside the first minutes of his debut but Lee Martin’s equaliser later in the first half meant the points were shared.
On their last visit to the Crabble, the Reds put in a professional display and came away with a 3-0 victory.
Another significant trip to Kent came in the club’s run to the FA Cup first round in 1999 when Sammy Donnelly’s team overcame two division higher Dover in the fourth qualifying round replay to set up a tie with Rotherham United.
Hinshelwood will have to manage his squad with two games in the space of 72 hours. Striker Greg Luer remains sidelined with the injury picked up in the win at Torquay United.
Kane Wills stepped up his return from injury returning to the squad as an unused substitute at the weekend so could well be inline for some minutes across the Bank Holiday fixtures.
The match at the Megger Community Stadium kicks-off at 3pm. Admission for this fixture is turnstile only. Cash and card payment is accepted on the gate. Prices are as follows:
Adults – £17.00
Over 65 – £15.00
Under 18 – £9.00
Under 11s – Free (When accompanied by an adult)
Crabble Athletic Ground