“We can’t get carried away”

James Rowe is happy with his side’s unbeaten start to the season but has made it clear that Dover are not to be taken lightly.

Speaking with the media ahead of the fixture, he said: “We thrive on the expectation that’s put on ourselves, we want that expectation here. We want that interest in the club and in our team.

“It’s a bit of a banana skin fixture, as everyone is expecting us to win, but Dover are a great side, and we can’t take them lightly.

“Every game they’ve played has been really tight. I watched their last fixture against Altrincham and they were very unlucky to come away with nothing. On the balance of play, they should have come away with at least a draw.

“It certainly won’t be a walk in the park. They’ve got some weapons that can hurt teams, so we’ve got to make sure we respect them.

“I’m very pleased with our start but we’re only four games in and we can’t get carried away. We go into the game fully prepared and focused.”

The manager gave an update on the injury to Jack Clarke, saying: “It’s not good news, unfortunately, it’s looking like the middle of November at a minimum.

“It’s a shame but he’s in safe hands with our team. I have no doubt that he will come back a better player and he will work hard to get back as quick as he can.”

On other injuries, he said: “Fraser Kerr could come back into it. He’s been back involved with some contact training since Tuesday. Akwasi Asante is doing well and is way on track. Unfortunately, Tom Denton is still way off it.”

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