Preview | Dover Athletic v Wrexham AFC

Last season saw us finally end our misery against Dover, beating them at the 9th attempt. The game fell on the opening day of the season, and Mike Fondop’s improvised overhead kick was the only goal at The Crabble. Normal service was resumed in January when they beat us 1-0 at The Racecourse!

Don’t let me put you off a late decision to undertake the 562 mile slog to the Kent coast and back, but games between the sides tend to be grim affairs. In ten clashes there have been just 13 goals, and 6 of the last 7 clashes have either been goalless draws or ended 1-0!

Dover certainly have the upper hand, with five wins to our one, and we’ve managed just 4 goals in those matches! Three of those four goals came in away games, but they’re a scrappy bunch: a Connor Jennings penalty; a Jordan White equalizer which he knew little about as the ball ricocheted off the bar, onto his backside and into the net; and Fondop’s low level overhead kick.

Jake Lawlor makes his 250th career appearance today, rounding off a remarkable week for individual landmarks. In the past seven days, Paul Rutherford played in the 475th game of his career, James Jennings made his 400th career appearance, and Mark Carrington played his 200th game for Wrexham. None of them can beat Luke Young though: on Tuesday he made his 275th league appearance, 300th career appearance and 50th Wrexham appearance!

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