It’s the start of a busy week with three games in the space of seven days – including next Saturday’s FA Trophy Quarter Final tie against Harrogate Town.

Although, it is a three-game week, full attention is on Saturday’s trip to Dover as we look to earn all three points, push the further up the league and closer to safety.

Postponement last weekend against Maidenhead because of Storm Dennis meant Jim Bentley and his side have had a full week to prepare for this weekends National League tie.

The Opposition

Name: Dover Athletic


Nickname: The Whites

Ground: Perry’s Crabble Stadium

League Position: 9th 

Dover Athletic are enjoying a successful season – with the Whites currently sitting just one point of the playoff places.

A win over the Coasters on Saturday can push Dover into a tightly compact playoff section depending on results of teams around them.

Already, Dover have hit the 50-point mark and they are just 10 points away from hitting last seasons total of 60, which saw them finish in 13th place.

In charge of Dover is Andy Hessenthaler. This is the former Eastleigh mans second season at the Crabble Stadium and after guiding them to a mid-table finish last year, he will be hoping to at least fix a spot in the playoff places.

Hessenthaler has been in charge for a total of 73 games. In those, he has won 32, drawn 18 and lost only 23 games – giving him a winning percentage of 44.6%.

In Dover’s last two games, they have faced league leaders, Barrow. The Whites won the first game 2-1 before losing away at Barrow, 1-0.

One To Watch

This week’s one to watch is striker, Inih Effiong.

Effiong has played in 35 of Dover’s 38 games this season and is currently the Whites leading goal scorer with a total of 13 goals so far.

Since signing on a free transfer at the Crabble Stadium in the summer of 2018, Effiong has gone on to make 61 appearances – scoring 22 goals.

Before he signed on at Dover, the Englishman had spells at fellow National League sides, Woking and Barrow, as well as a brief six-month spell at Ross County.


Going into Saturday’s game, Fylde have won three times against Dover, whilst the home side have only had one victory over the Coasters.

2017/18 – Vanarama National League

25/11/17 – Dover Athletic 0-1 AFC Fylde 

24/02/18 – AFC Fylde 3-1 Dover Athletic

2018/19 – Vanarama National League

18/8/18 – AFC Fylde 4-0 Dover Athletic

8/12/18 – Dover Athletic 2-1 AFC Fylde 

2019/20 – Vanarama National League

2/11/19 – AFC Fylde 0-0 Dover Athletic

Games To Keep An Eye On

There are a handful of games to keep an eye on this weekend – including a big fixture at the Proact Stadium!

Bromley Vs Wrexham

Chesterfield Vs Ebbsfleet

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Solihull Moors

*All 3pm kick-off’s unless stated otherwise


Live commentary of the game will take place on Coasters Live, with Brian Porter bringing you every kick at the Perry’s Crabble Stadium

To listen, head to from 2:30pm.

You can follow the game via Twitter as we provide regular updates, post-match interviews and more.

Pre-match build up on all our social media platforms will also be available – stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.