A closer look at Dover Athletic

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Doing battle - Andy Hessenthaler's Dover Athletic side host Southend United this weekend
Doing battle - Andy Hessenthaler's Dover Athletic side host Southend United this weekend

ECHOSPORT talks to Dover Athletic supporter Tom Campbell ahead of Saturday's clash with Southend United.

Dover sit bottom of the table. Just how tough has it been following the team this season?

"It’s been very hard, don’t get me wrong.

"I've seen us lose 6-0 at Grimsby, 5-0 at Solihull and 5-2 at home to stockport, but it’s the love for the club and supporting my local side.

"I’ve been through the highs with Dover so we’re going to have to ride the lows."

How have Dover ended up in this situation?

"Financial difficulties for the club during Covid and pretty much all of our squad leaving.

"It left us with about four players I think, signing up academy players with no fans coming through the gate and the league going ahead behind closed doors."

You got your first win of the season on Tuesday night. How much difference will that make?

"The win against Eastleigh was massive and I haven’t heard Crabble so loud for a very long time.

"Seeing smiles on people’s faces again and the shear delight of winning is certainly something I’ve missed."

What are your hopes for the rest of the season now?

"I didn’t have much hope going into the season, but now we’ve got the first win I hope we can get to positive points and get ready for National League South.

"Of course I’d love to see us stay up but I can’t see it happening, however anything can happen in football!"

Who would you say is the dangerman?

"Alfie Pavey or Kobe Arthur who are both very dangerous players on their day.

"Pavey is in some good form and Kobe is always solid and puts in 100 per cent for the badge."

What's the team news?

"I’m not too sure to be honest.

"We’ve got a few out with covid and with injuries.

"Pavey should extend his loan as it ends Saturday and Ben Williamson has left the club by mutual consent but apart from that should be the same."

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