We finally ended our dreadful run against Dover Athletic on the first day of the season when we managed to beat for the first time at the ninth attempt. Today, we go in search of a first home victory over The Whites.
Our last two home games against Dover were goalless draws, and the year before that saw them emerge with a 1-0 win. You have to go back a full 322 minutes, to March 2015, to find our last home goal against Dover. It came in our first home game against them, a midweek match which was played straight after our disastrous defeat at Wembley to North Ferriby in the final of the FA Trophy.
That result cost Kevin Wilkin his job, so Carl Darlington took over the hot seat, and Jay Harris gave us a first half lead with a fine strike from the edge of the area. However, Athletic came back to claim a point, and we’re still waiting for our second goal at home to them nearly three years later.
Rob Lainton makes his 100th career appearance against Dover.
Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.