The Wood are back on the road this Tuesday, March 12 (7.45pm), when we head to Dover Athletic, in the National League. Here’s our preview… 

Match Details 

Tickets for the match will be available to purchase on the turnstiles, at the Crabble Athletic Ground.

Tickets are priced as follows: Adults £17; Concessions £14; Under 18s £8; Under 11s go free with an accompanying adult.

Team News

Luke Garrard has no fresh injuries to contend with. Although, Ralston Gabriel remains suspended for the trip to Dover Athletic.

Form Guide

The Wood followed up their impressive 2-0 away victory over Bromley, with a strong 1-1 draw at home to AFC Fylde.

The promotion chasers initially went ahead in the first half, through Neill Byrne, but the Wood clawed their way back into the game, as Jamal Fyfield netted a deserved equaliser.

The Wood’s win in the match prior against Bromley was secured thanks to goals from Ralston Gabriel and Idris Kanu.

The draw leaves the Wood in 17thplace in the National League table, with an eight point advantage over the relegation spots.

Managed by 53-year-old Andy Hessenthaler, Dover Athletic currently sit 20thin the National League table, just one place above the drop zone, on 39 points.

The Kent based side have won twice in their last five matches, which included an impressive 3-1 away win over Salford City.

One to Watch – Mitch Brundle

Brundle remains a vital cog in the Dover Athletic machine and has continued to be an ever present under Hessenthaler in the National League.

Brundle is a set-piece specialist and can play in both midfield and defence, making 36 appearances so far this season.

He has also turned out for Gateshead and Braintree Town in the National League and is an experience head at the Crabble Athletic Ground.

From the Dugout – Luke Garrard  

“We have got a big game come Tuesday against Dover and we need to make sure that we hit the heights like we have done in the past two.

“We know that it is a six pointer. They are fighting for their lives and they want to go and get a win.

“We know what they did here to us in the midweek. I think that they bullied us, they got around us and they nullified our game, which is something which is embedded in my head, because I want to ensure we put some wrongs right.

“They are a very good side with a very good manager and what he has achieved to get them out of the situation they were in, is fantastic. I love Hess, I think that he is brilliant at this level and the level above.

“They have gone and delivered for him, they have gone and put shifts in for him, and they have got a lot of threats.

“We have got to make sure that we are on our metal, if we are going to get anything on Tuesday evening.”


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