Match preview: Dover Athletic (h)

The Spireites will be looking to increase their chances of securing a play-off position this afternoon when they take on already relegated Dover Athletic at the Technique Stadium. Paul Cook will be hopeful that the Spireites can bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to FC Halifax Town last time out.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Dover Athletic 

Where: Technique Stadium


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Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.  

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

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It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

Paul Cook will be hopeful that Manny Oyeleke will be fit and ready to start. The midfielder featured on the bench last time out but didn’t get on to the pitch. 

Tom Denton has been back in the side in recent weeks and he will be hoping for his first goal since returning from injury after having an effort harshly ruled out against Halifax.

Luke Croll, Jack Clarke, Kabongo Tshimanga, and George Carline are all still out injured for this fixture but will be hoping they can feature before the season concludes.

Meanwhile, Jak McCourt, Joe Quigley, Tom Whelan, Fraser Kerr, and Joe Rowley will all be hoping for some more minutes on the field in the final stretch.

Fact file

Name: Dover Athletic

Nicknames: The Whites

Founded: 1983

Stadium: Crabble Athletic Ground

Address: Lewisham Road, Dover, Kent, England, CT17 0JB

Capacity: 5,745

Manager: Andrew Hessenthaler 

On Dover

Dover Athletic have recently switched to a part-time football club. The club was formed in 1983 after the dissolution of the town’s previous club, Dover FC, whose place in the Southern League was taken by the new club. 

They started this season on -12 points, after being penalised by the National League for not completing last season’s fixture list. The team only played 15 fixtures, with none played after 30 January 2021, as staff were furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the club couldn’t turn this season around and have been relegated from the National League. They will compete in the National League South next season.

One to watch

Myles Judd is a 23-year-old centre-back who has played for the likes of Leyton Orient and Barnet. This season he has made nine appearances for Dover after joining the club in early 2022.

The Spireites’ last three: (L/W/L)

Lost – Chesterfield 1-4 Grimsby – National League

Won – Wealdstone 1-2 Chesterfield – National League

Lost – Halifax 2-0 Chesterfield – National League

The Whites’ last three: (L/W/L)

Lost – Dover 0-1 Maidenhead – National League

Won – Boreham Wood 1-2 Dover – National League

Lost – Dover 1-4 Woking – National League

The Spireites picked up a point on the road against Dover earlier on in the season.