We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools National League trip to Dover Athletic.
Dover Athletic v Pools
Saturday 24th November, 3pm
Crabble Athletic Ground
Dover Athletic currently lie bottom of the National League table after struggling to find their best form during the opening months of the campaign.
The Whites narrowly missed out on qualification for the play-offs last term by virtue of goal difference alone so hopes were high that they could build on that in 2018/19.
However, they have found wins hard to come by and their slow start prompted a change in the dugout when Chris Kinnear left after just one victory in 14 games to be replaced by Andy Hessenthaler who returned for a second spell in charge.
One of Hessenthaler’s first moves was to take Dover full-time and he celebrated his first win since being appointed when they overcame Maidenhead United 2-0 at the start of the month.
However, a heavy FA Cup defeat at Bury was followed up by a 1-0 reverse at FC Halifax Town last time out so the Kent outfit will be hoping they can turn the corner with a win over Pools.
Dover captain Mitch Brundle has been an ever-present and a driving force for the club this season, hitting four goals to currently lie joint top of the club’s scoring charts.
Signed from Gateshead in the summer of 2016, the 23-year-old is comfortable in defence or midfield and is one player who can dictate things if allowed to by Pools this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the third competitive meeting between the sides but Dover Athletic did the National League double over Pools last term.
The Whites were our opposition on the opening day of the season when a Jamie Allen goal on 29 minutes was enough to win the points, while braces from Mitch Pinnock and Ryan Bird inflicted a 4-0 defeat when Pools travelled to Crabble Athletic Ground in December.
Saturday 9th December 2017
Dover Athletic 4 (Pinnock 3, 25, Bird 79, 90) Pools 0
Dover Athletic: Walker, Ilesanmi, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Brundle, Okosieme, Pinnock, Nortey, Jeffrey (Daniel 64), Bird.
Subs not used: Fazackerley, Conteh, Richards, Alabi.
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Donnelly, Laing, Ledger (Adams 77), Munns, Woods, Deverdics (s/o 89), Newton, Cassidy, Oates (Adeloye 61).
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins, Rodney.
Tom Reeves will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in black for our trip to Dover Athletic.
Introduced to the National League’s list of referees at the start of the season, he has so far overseen seven games at this level this term.
His most recent appointment was at the end of October when he saw Eastleigh win 1-0 at FC Halifax Town.
Fans all over the world will once again be able to enjoy full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.
Pools fans can buy their tickets on the day at Crabble Athletic Ground for the fixture, which is set to be segregated.
Dover have been installed as slight 7/5 favourites for three points this weekend, while Pools are priced at 17/10 and the draw is priced up at 12/5.