MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town return to home comforts on Saturday afternoon as bottom of the table Dover visit Huish Park (3pm).

After back-to-back victories on the road, Town will be full of confidence going into the National League clash.

Dover, despite being winless this campaign, have pushed a number of teams down to the wire this season, and will be hoping to find a way to win in Somerset.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking on Friday morning, Sarll said, “My group won’t be complacent, absolutely not. We know exactly where we are, and what we have to do.

We need to ensure that we prepare like we have done, with diligence, with respect to our opponent. I have masses of respect for Andy Hessenthaler (Dover manager), he was a brilliant player. We shared a similar mentor figure in Glenn Roeder.

“You can never take anything easy against one of his teams. He just doesn’t allow it in his character.”

Team news

Speaking this week, Sarll confirmed that top scorer Joe Quigley will be out until at least Christmas after taking a knock to his knee against his former side Dagenham & Redbridge.

However, Town will soon be boosted by the return of Reuben Reid, who is targeting a return against Stevenage.

Mark Little and Mitch Rose remain unavailable due to existing injuries.

On the suspension front, Yeovil Town will have Dale Gorman available once again after sitting out on Tuesday evening against Bromley.

Have we met before

Last season saw the two sides meet twice before Dover had the results expunged, once in the league, and before that in the FA Cup.

The FA Cup clash was a thriller to be remembered, after Yeovil Town built a two goal lead approaching the interval, two quick fire goals in return from Dover saw the sides go into the break level. A second half Joe Quigley header was later cancelled out, and it took heroics from Adam Smith in the shootout to secure passage to the FA Cup first round for the Glovers.

In Dover’s final game before their season came to an end, the Whites travelled to Huish Park and fell to a 3-1 defeat. After taking a first half lead, Quigley pegged them back moments before the interval. The second half saw substitute Rhys Murphy strike along with Quigley who added his second of the afternoon. The towering forward would’ve been disappointed not to leave with the match ball after having a late penalty saved.

A foot in the opposition camp

Sarll has always been highly complimentary of Andy Hessenthaler who untaking the unenviable task of Dover manager, as his side began the season with heavy fines and a -12 points deduction.

Hessenthaler himself, like Sarll had a close relationship with Premier League icon Glenn Roeder who sadly passed earlier this year. He has been in charge of the Whites since 2018, when he replaced Chris Kinnear.

Within the Dover squad, the man to look out for is Ricky Miller, a name notable in non-league circles for his clinical goal record during his first spell at the Crabble. Across two seasons, Miller struck 60 league goals, earning him a move to League One Peterborough in 2017.

After not quite hitting the heights he did with Dover, he returned to Kent this Summer, but is yet to score in the National League this season.

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased from the Yeovil Town online ticket office until midday on match day.

Following this, they can be purchased in person from the ticket office, however this is subject to a small price increase.