MATCH PREVIEW: Aldershot Town v Dover Athletic (H)


Dover Athletic, also known as The Whites. Founded 1983



The Whites were the only National League side not to complete the 2020-21 season. As a result they were fined £40k and ordered to start this season on minus 12 points.



The two sides only met once last season, at Crabble, in October 2021. The Shots won 5-0 on the evening, with braces from Josh Rees & Mo Bettamer plus one goal from Harry Panayiotou. The result was however, eventually expunged from the records due to Dover not completing the season.



55-year-old Andy Hessenthaler took over as Dover Athletic manager in October 2018, following the sacking of long term boss Chris Kinnear. It is Hessenthaler’s second spell in charge of The Whites, having won 101 of his 154 games in charge in his first spell with the club (2007-2010). A former player himself, Hessenthaler made almost 500 combined appearances at Watford & Gillingham. He has also managed Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Eastleigh.



Just five players remain at Crabble who were at Dover last season. They are keeper Josh Bexon, Left Back Sam Wood, midfielders TJ Bramble & Marshall Wratten and winger Travis Gregory. Hessenthaler brought 17 new faces into his playing squad for the start of the 2021-22 season, some of which have moved on already, including forward Ricky Miller who is now at Grantham Town. Amongst those still at Crabble are keeper Adam Parkes (season loan from Watford), defenders Seth Twumasi (Maidenhead) & Danny Collinge (Colchester), Koby Arthur (Birmingham) & Ryan Hanson (Hull) and forwards Aaron Cosgrove (season loan from Wimbledon) and former Shots loanee Alfie Pavey, who is on loan from Maidstone and in the space of a few weeks has already become Dover’s top scorer this season, with four goals. Other recent signings include; Defender Myles Judd (Leyton Orient) and Winger Michael Gyasi, on loan from Kings Lynn to the end of this season.



Centre Back Jake Goodman played 21 times for Aldershot Town – on loan from Millwall – in the 2013-14 season.  Two former Shots have moved on since the start of the season, Yannis Drais and the aforementioned Miller.



Tuesday’s referee is Paul Johnson, who has taken the middle in just 2 National League games this season, showing 4 Yellow Cards and 0 Red Cards.



Kick-off begins at 7:45pm for Mark Molesley’s team as we would like to remind both home and away supporters of our ticketing/match-day protocols HERE.

As the Dover Athletic fixture will be the 50th Anniversary of the Aldershot Bomb Attack, we would like to advise of our official proceedings have been planned for the game, as we will recognise those who tragically died in 1972 with a Remembrance Ceremony that will start from 19:40 with more details available HERE.

For this game, there will also be bucket collections across the ground at both half-time and full-time for the Parachute Regimental Association, (Charity Number 1125551), for those who wish to donate to help their cause.

Our Ticket Office will be opening on the day of the game from 9:30am for home supporters who would like to purchase on the day of the game, (we advise fans planning on buying tickets on the day to arrive earlier). We further encourage supporters to pre-book their tickets via our upgraded Flowte ticket website HERE to avoid queues on the day.

With our Flowte ticket website, supporters can pick their exact seats and have their tickets emailed to them which can be scanned off a smart phone or printed off before the day of the game.

We will NOT be accepting payment at the turnstiles but for supporters who decide to attend closer to the game, they will be able to purchase their tickets via the Club Shop/Ticket Office in person through cash, card or contactless payment and use the scanners on the turnstiles to enter through to the ground once they’ve collected their ticket. Turnstiles will open at 6:30pm.

We would also like to take the time to remind supporters of our new pricing structure going forward.

With updated Concession categories and in replacement of our Under 11s Go Free scheme, we have now introduced a new Family Ticket as shown in the full pricing list below:

  • Adult – £20
  • Concession (Disabled + Carer, Senior (over 65) – £16
  • Junior (17 & under) – £7
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 Juniors) – £45
  • Family Ticket (2 Concession, up to 3 Juniors) – £40

Away Supporters

• Tickets for away fans will not be available in the ticket office or on the turnstiles on the day of the game, they must be purchased online.

• All Dover Athletic Supporters will enter the ground via Redan Hill to the Away stands through turnstiles 11 & 12. This game is not segregated.

• Disabled/Carers should be booked in advance via our ticket office, but if they arrive on the day those people need to purchase their ticket from the ticket office. We have limited wheelchair spaces, so we advise supporters are advised to reserve them prior to the game.

• Any planned Supporter Coach travel needs to be advised to Aldershot Town in advance so that coach parking can be organised and planned.

• For this fixture, away supporters will be seated in the Away Seating in the South Stand and the Covered Terrace.

• There will be catering units available on the day of the game.

• We would also like to welcome away supporters into our hospitality lounges too. Please click HERE for more information or contact Commercial Manager Mark Butler at



There will be ‘Live’ BBC Radio Surrey Sport Online commentary of the match with Rob Worrall and Guest Summariser former Media Manager at Aldershot Town, Steve Gibbs. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout the evening.