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26 January 2021 Venue Crabble Athletic Ground Attendance

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Match Preview: Dover Athletic (A)

25 January 2021

The Bees will be looking to make an immediate response to Saturday's defeat, as they travel to the Crabble to take on Dover Athletic.

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Dover Athletic vs Barnet FC

Saturday 26th January 2021, 19:45 KO

The Crabble 

Vanarama National League

THE WHITES 

League Position: 23rd (P13, W2, D1, L10)

Last Result: Dover Athletic 0-2 Solihull Moors 

Manager: Andy Hessenthaler 

Top Scorer: Sam Wood (Two goals)

Our next opponents currently sit bottom of the league after what has been a difficult season on and off the pitch. They have had more games off than any other side having played just the 13 matches so far this term. Both of their league wins have come on their own patch, with victories over promotion contenders Notts County and mid-table Eastleigh. The Whites are currently on an eight-game winless run, with just a point against 10 man Boreham Wood to show for their efforts. With the Bees also struggling for form, the hosts will surely be targetting this one as a must-win game. 

Despite their poor form, the hosts aren't conceding lots of goals, however, they are also struggling to score goals, with just eight to their name all season. With that in mind, it looks set to be a tight and close encounter in Kent tomorrow evening.

THE BEES

The Bees looked to have secured a respectable point on home soil against Altrincham, until an injury winner for the Robins, provided a sucker punch to the Tim Flowers' side. Flowers' side certainly improved in terms of organisation on Saturday but know that results have to change as they look to kick on up the National League table. The chance to visit Dover provides the Bees with one big opportunity to attempt to kick start their campaign. They'll be looking to be more imposing in the final third, whilst trying to solidify the Dover attacking threat, in what is a must-win game for both sides. 

Whilst Saturday's result was a set back for Flowers' men, they know that a big win in Kent will surely lift the confidence going into a continued busy period of fixtures. With the ingredients off the pitch coming together nicely, hopefully, Flowers' can find the recipe for success on the pitch against the Whites. 

Team News

Myles Judd is available for selection once again after he was sidelined through suspension for Saturday's clash with Altrincham. Whilst Michael Petrasso his return to action from the bench on Saturday, with JJ Hooper and Alfie Pavey also completing the full 90 minutes. 

Anthony Wordsworth won't take part in the match with the Whites but should be back amongst the squad and available for this weekend's visit of Torquay United. 

WHAT'S BEEN SAID?

Tim Flowers:

"We've got 29 massive games now, it's not just Dover. Every single game for us is our World Cup Final, there are men in there, I do not expect to see any moping around. It was our fault we didn't see the game out, it's been done and we have to move on. We have to go down there, roll our sleeves up and fight for this Football Club."

Andy Hessenthaler:

"Obviously they are on of my former Clubs. They are a big Club (Barnet), they are in a bad position like, there's some really good people there. They are in a position they shouldn't be in, they are big big Club. Tim has gone in there and to turn things around, he'll come and make things very difficult for us. They are a big carrot for us, if we win we'll go above them and that might just kick start our season."

LAST TIME AT THE CRABBLE:

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

Dover Athletic will be live streaming the action and match passes will become available via their streaming website, CLICK HERE FOR ACCESS. 

Alternatively, you can follow all the action via our live text updates on our Twitter Account. 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Dover Athletic 3-1 Barnet FC

26 January 2021

The Bees had a glorious chance to open the scoring after three minutes as Alfie Pavey was slipped in on goal, his strike was saved by the Dover 'keeper. Up the other end, Ahkeem Rose went through on goal but dragged his shot wide of Scott Loach's goal. 

The next chance came the way of Tim Flowers' side, as good hold up play from Pavey allowed Myles Judd to strike just wide of the far post. But the next attack saw the hosts open the scoring, as Will De Havilland poked home on the rebound after Loach made an initial stop from a flicked header. 

It was a carbon copy just minutes later, as the Bees were punished from another set-piece as De Havilland poked home from almost the same position to add a second goal of the evening.

It was soon three as Rose picked up a loose ball and volleyed past Loach, leaving him with no chance.

The Bees had a mountain to climb and tried to reduce the arrears immediately after half time, as James Dunne had an effort deflected behind. 

It was 3-1 with half-hour left to play as half time substitute Michael Petrasso scrambled one home from a cross into the box. 

Flowers' side continued to try and find a way back into the match but couldn't create any real clear cut chances, as the game became scrappy on the difficult pitch. 

Dover almost sealed it with two minutes on the clock, but Loach made a fine stop with his legs before the ball rebounded onto the post. 

Ultimately, the Bees left themselves with too much to do and left Kent with nothing. 

Barnet: Loach, Judd, Kefalas (Petrasso 46'), Richards-Everton, Daly, Binnom-Williams, Dunne, Taylor, Mason-Clark, Pavey (Faal 62'), Hooper. 

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