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Davison-inspired Woking aiming for much-needed win

Glen Harrington
4:43pm, Sun 15th Nov 2020
Dover Athletic vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 17th November 2020

On loan striker Josh Davison will be aiming to score for a fourth straight game as Woking travel to face struggling Dover Athletic in the National League.

The Charlton Athletic loanee was on target again on Saturday as the Cards came from behind to claim a point in a dramatic game against Yeovil Town. Both teams missed a second-half penalty, before Davison took his Woking tally to four goals in five games as he found the net in the closing stages, ending the Cards’ run of three straight defeats. Alan Dowson’s side will now be aiming to go one better on Tuesday night as they take on another of the league’s early strugglers.

It’s been a challenging year for Dover, who saw a number of key players depart in the summer amidst reported financial troubles, with their plight only exacerbated by the global pandemic. Their new look squad has had a difficult start to the season, losing five of their first seven league games, and conceding 17 goals in the process, the second most in the division. The Whites shouldn’t be underestimated however, they’re coming off the back of a two-week break, after exiting the FA Cup last month and seeing their game against Wealdstone postponed under COVID-19 protocols. They’ve also shown themselves capable of springing a surprise, having beaten Notts County and Eastleigh this season. Last time out they lost 1-0 at home to Altrincham.

Woking – Team News

The Cards made just one change on Saturday as Kyran Lofthouse came in at right-back in place of Tyler Reid. It will be interesting to see if Dowse freshens up his side after just a two-day break. The likes of Ben Gerring and Matt Jarvis were unused substitutes at the weekend, whilst Tommy Block could also make his return from injury. Dave Tarpey will be hoping for a rare start.

Dover Athletic – The Boss

Andy Hessenthaler has been in charge at the Crabble since 2018, having joined from fellow National League club Eastleigh. He’s currently in his second-spell with Dover. He won two promotions during his first period with the club between 2007 and 2010, whilst he also finished his playing career. The former midfielder has also played and coached at Gillingham, along with a brief spell at Leyton Orient.

One to Watch

Striker Ade Azeez is one of the more established names in Dover’s new-look squad. The former Charlton Athletic academy graduate has Football League experience with AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, and Newport County. He’s also played in the Scottish Premiership for Partick Thistle. Last season he spent time on loan at Torquay United. He’s scored once this season, getting the winner in the 3-2 success against Eastleigh.

Last Time Out

Dover Athletic 1-2 Woking – National League (26th August 2019)

The Cards grabbed a rare win at the Crabble as they came from behind to continue their superb start to the season. Ricky Modeste put the Whites ahead on the half-hour mark before Jake Hyde drew the visitors’ level. The game looked to be heading for a draw, only for Toby Edser to score a dramatic late winner from the edge of the penalty area.

Next Up

The Cards are back at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday when they take on Barnet. They’ll then have a short break before hosting Sutton United at the start of December.

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