It didn't do them much good though as they lost 2-1 after taking an early lead through Nick Deverdics only for Barrows returning striker, Andy Cook, to score five and ten minutes later and turn the game on its head. Dover battled throughout the second half to draw the game but couldn't manage it, despite having a goal dis-allowed, and flew home pointless and depressed. Hopefully they'll be just as depressed after we've been and taken three points off them too.
Dover plunged into the transfer market early doors when they raided the Harriers in early May for defender Jamie Grimes. To say it came as a bit of a shock is a bit of an understatement with Gary Whild hoping to build the team for the following season around him. At the recent fans forum Whild mentioned a player that rejected all the club had done for him in finding him accomodation and travel expenses and it was believed it was Grimes that he was referring to.
Dover have been building for the new season since then and have bought in Ricky Miller (Luton), Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Torquay), Sam Magri (Portsmouth) and Naby Diallo (Bath City) before the firendlies started and then on the eve of the new season Jack Parkinson (Maidstone) and Matt Young (Sheffield Wednesday). They could be without Magri after he got injured at Barrow.
Our only doubt could be Kelvin Langmead (left) after he was taken off with a heel injury at half-time on Saturday and as a precaution it's unlikely he'll play tomorrow. Jake Green could replace him or we might see Rob Taylor come in for him. Meanwhile Calvin Dinsley is out long term having not made any kind of appearance at all yet.
Expected to get a start will be the third of our West Brom lads, Tahvon Campbell, following his cameo appearance in the 2-2 draw at home to strongly tipped Grimsby on Saturday. He came on meaning business and it was via him that Aman Verma grabbed our last minute, un-expected, equaliser.
We won down there 1-0 last season with a goal from the now departed Jack Byrne. There's a good chance that we could repeat that result tomorrow and give us a good, solid start to the season.
Photo © KHFC
Palmer, Snedker, Hodgkiss, Rowe-Turner, Green, Clarke, Jones, Maxwell, Langmead, Tunnicliffe, Taylor, Verma, Reffell, Spencer, Sweeney, Reid, Styche, Campbell, Dawson, Dinsley, Hales, Singh, Wright.
Dover Athletic from:
Walker, Rafferty, Hook, Magri, Wynter, Kinnear, Raggett, Orlu, Modeste, Bellamy, Miller, Murphy, Diallo, Young, Ofori-Acheampong, Grimes, Sterling, Deverdics, Parkinson, Payne.
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