MATCH PREVIEW | Dover Athletic – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are back on the road this Saturday (3pm) with a trip to bottom of the league Dover Athletic.

After back-to-back defeats, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can bounce back in South East Kent.

There have been well reported struggles in the hosts’ camp due to sanctions imposed against them including a points deduction, the Whites are now playing for pride ahead of their inevitable relegation from the National League.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The boss caught up with the local media on Friday morning; “It’s about getting a nice balance, we’re nice and calm, it’s been calm around the ground this week.

“We’re in no need for an overreaction, we carry on working hard with the aim of finishing the season as strongly as possible.”

Team news

Max Hunt remains Yeovil Town’s only long-term absentee. Despite a hernia, Josh Staunton will be available on Saturday.

Luke Wilkinson and Dale Gorman are both doubts whilst Jack Robinson has suffered another injury setback.

New addition Ted Cann will be available for selection after returning for his second spell on loan. His addition offers the chance for Grant Smith to rest after playing through a groin injury in recent weeks.

Have we met before?

Our last trip to the Crabble came over two years ago, despite the two sides playing in the same league the entire time.

Last season, Dover ended their season early due to financial constraints which saw their results expunged. This happened before the Glovers’ scheduled trip to South East Kent.

In Town’s one trip since returning to the National League, the club were the 1-0 victors in March 202 thanks to a Marc Richards wonder strike in the second half.

Earlier this season, the Whites frustrated Town to claim a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

A foot in the opposition camp

It felt almost inevitable the Dover Athletic would face the drop this season, even before a ball was kicked. The Whites have faced a 12-point deduction and significant fines which has left little room to manoeuvre at the Crabble.

The man to look out for in the Dover camp is Alfie Pavey. The forward made his return ahead of the reverse fixture at Huish Park in November and has netted five goals in 16 appearances so far this season.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture will be available on the gate, more information is available HERE.