Cards and Whites do battle again

Brian Caffarey
10:07pm, Sun 25th Jan 2015
Dover Athletic v Woking
FA Trophy 3rd Round Replay
7.45pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015

After the thrilling climax to Saturday’s Trophy tie, which saw Scott Rendell equalise deep into extra time to claim a 3-3 draw, the Whites and the Cards will do battle again at Crabble on Tuesday evening. Get down there if you can to cheer the Cards on to victory!


The Cards showed great character on Saturday to come back from 3-2 down but might rue, first, the fact that they did not make more of their dominance in the early stages of the match when they might have pressed forward with more urgency to add to Chris Arthur’s fine 16th minute strike and, second, their porous defending just after the break, when a comfortable 2-1 lead was turned on its head in the space of a few minutes.

The combination of Scott Rendell and Ross Lafayette seemed to work pretty well up front, though perhaps encouraging the Cards to play a longer ball game than is usually the case. Charles Banya came on as a second half substitute but did not really have much of a chance to influence the game, with relatively little play going down the flanks.

Garry Hill’s side know it will be tough at Crabble against a very resilient and confident Dover side but they will also know that they can play better than they did on Saturday.


The Whites were unrecognisable on Saturday from the shambolic side that were walloped 6-1 at Kingfield back in August. They are now a formidable outfit, with physical strength at the back, especially in the shape of captain Connor Essam, a mobile midfield and with the impressive Stefan Payne up front, whose tireless running and sharp shooting demonstrated why he has been in prolific goalscoring form.


Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
CT17 0JB

Official website: www.doverathletic.com

By coach

Email shop@wokingfc.co.uk or ring the Club Shop on 01483 772470 to book your place on the Cards Trust coach. The coach leaves at 4.30pm and there is no charge thanks to a generous supporter who has paid the hire charge.

By car

Fans need to check whether the ‘stacking’ arrangements are still taking place on the M20. If they are, leave the M20 at the A249 (North) exit and follow the signs for the M2, using the M2 and A2 to get down to Dover. If they are not, stay on the M20 and then take the A20 into Dover. Go past the port, then at the York Street roundabout take the 1st exit onto York Street. Take 2nd exit at next roundabout onto Priory Road. Road then changes names to London Road, and Crabble Hill. Take slight left turning onto Crabble Road, and the ground is then on the left.

By train

Nearest station: Kearsney

The main railway station in Dover is Dover Priory, which is about two miles from Crabble and would take you about 25 minutes on foot. The closest station to Crabble is Kearsney, which is about a 15 minute walk from the ground.

Kearsney is the last stop before Dover Priory on the line from London Victoria (via Faversham and Canterbury East). Some trains on this line do not stop between Canterbury East and Dover Priory so if you are planning on getting off at Kearsney make sure that the train you are travelling on is a stopping service.

There are also trains to Dover Priory from St Pancras and a few from Waterloo East. However, these do not pass through Kearsney, so you would need to pick up a connecting train to Kearsney or make your way to the ground from Dover Priory.

If you get off at Kearsney, turn right as you leave the station, go under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the left (Lower Road). Follow Lower Road all the way along, past a pond on your right and Crabble Corn Mill on your left. At the end you will see the Cricketers pub on the other side of the road. Turn right and you should see the entrance to the ground.


Adults: £15
Over 60's: £12
Under 18's: £6
Under 11's: FREE

Transfer to the seated stands:

Adults: £1.50
Over 60's & Under 18s: £1
Under 11's: Free


The Cards are at home to Alfreton Town on Saturday 31 January in a crucial game for Woking’s play-off aspirations. Make sure the date is in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

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