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Match details: Dover Athletic versus Torquay United
Venue: The Crabble, Dover
Date: Saturday 12th February 2022
Current Form (last six):
Dover: L, L, L, W, L, L
Torquay: L, W, D, W, L, W
Dover: Aaron Cosgrave/Alfie Pavey (4 each)
Torquay: Armani Little (10)
Head to Head:
*Result of last meeting between the two sides was expunged.
Dover fact file:
Year founded: 1983
Nickname: The Lilywhites
Last season’s league finish: results expunged
Play-off winners 2013-14
Premier League winners: 2008-09
Premier Division: 1989-90 & 1992-93
Manager: Andy Hessenthaler
A vastly experienced manager at National League level, Andy Hessenthaler is currently in his second spell as manager of Dover Athletic – having returned to the Crabble in October 2018 to succeed Chris Kinnear. During his first spell in charge of the Lilywhites he won the Isthmian League Division South and the Isthmian League Premier Division in successive seasons between 2007 and 2009, and combined the manager’s role with playing.
As a player, he was released by Charlton Athletic as a youngster before dropping into non-league football but made a return to the pro game with Watford in 1991. Hessenthaler, a midfielder by trade, spent the bulk of his career with the Hornets and Gillingham, who he also managed three times (which included one spell as caretaker). Other clubs that he has managed include Leyton Orient and Eastleigh.
Player to watch: Alfie Pavey
One-time England C international Alfie Pavey is currently Dover’s joint top-scorer with four after joining on loan from National League South side Maidstone United.
Pavey, who is currently in his second spell at the Crabble, started his career with Millwall in 2014. He then had several loan spells with a number of clubs, including Barnet, Aldershot Town, Bromley, Hampton and Richmond and Dartford before signing for Welling United in 2018.
He then moved on to Dartford and Havant and Waterlooville prior to his first stint with the Lillywhites. Barnet were his next port of call before he was loaned to Dartford, which preceded his move to his parent club Maidstone.
Date of Birth: 2nd October 1995 – 26 Years Old
Former Clubs: Maidstone, Millwall, Barnet, Bromely, Hampton and Richmond, Dartford, Welling, Havant and Waterlooville.
National League Stats 21-22: Played 14, 4 Goals, Yellow/Red Cards 1,0
Last meeting: Torquay United 2 – 1 Dover Athletic, Saturday 13th November 2020
Dover Athletic’s search for a first win of the season continues as they were denied by a ‘Gary time’ winner against Torquay United.
Travis Gregory gave the visitors an early lead before skipper Armani Little found an equaliser and then scored the winner late on – as United made it four wins out of four to mark their NHS Community Day.
TUFC: Little (34′) (90′)
DAFC: Gregory (4′)
Torquay (4-4-2): MacDonald; Wynter, Perritt, Lewis, Moxey; O’Connell, Little, Lapslie, Moore (C Johnson 59) (Andrews 62); Lolos, Holman (Rogers 82)
Dover (4-5-1): Parkes; Collinge, Goodman, R Johnson (Ransom 86), Tiensia; Gregory (Bentley 84), Hanson, Woods, Bramble (Arthur 69), Williamson; Cosgrave
Dover Athletic (4-1-3-2):
Seth Nana Twumasi – Danny Collinge – Jake Goodman – Harry Ransom
Arjanit Krasniqi – Koby Arthur – Ryan Hanson
Alfie Pavey – Michael Gyasi
Torquay United (3-1-4-2):
Joe Lewis – Asa Hall – Dean Moxey
Ben Wynter – Stephen McKenna – Armani Little – Dan Martin
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Stephen Wearne