Harrogate Town News

Dover Athletic Preview


Town take a break from National League action this weekend, making a first trip to Dover in the FA Trophy Second Round.

The Whites were revealed as Town’s opponents on Tuesday night after a 1-0 victory at Havant and Waterlooville, while Simon Weaver’s side overcame York City to reach this stage.


The two sides couldn’t be separated when they met for the first time back in October as Kelvin Langmead’s late equaliser rescued a point after Inih Effiong had netted a brace, two of his nine scored this season.

That fixture was Andy Hessenthaler’s first since leaving Eastleigh for The Crabble, with the former Watford man lifting his new side from inside the bottom four to 18th with a record of nine wins, four draws and five defeats.

Dover had recorded just one win in 15 before Hessenthaler took charge and now sit four points clear of the relegation zone having gone six matches unbeaten on home soil.

Saturday’s opponents have lost just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions and have taken 20 points from their last ten league games, a tally bettered only by Ebbsfleet.

Much of The Whites’ recent success has been down to a solid defensive unit, which has now gone over six hours without being breached, though Town have found the net in each of their last seven outings.

Weaver’s side made it to the Third Round of the competition last year and have lost just one of their previous seven matches in the competition, and this year have a Trophy winner in their ranks in Aaron Williams, who scored a penalty in Brackley’s shoot-out success back in May.

Ticket prices for Saturday's match are as follows...
  • Adults £17
  • Over 65's £14
  • Under 18's £8
  • Under 11's Free​
In the event of a draw, a replay will take place on Tuesday 15th January at The CNG Stadium.
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