Preview: Bromley vs Dover Athletic

Bromley welcome Dover Athletic to Hayes Lane as they aim to kick-start 2020 the same way they ended last year, with three points.

Last Time Out:

It was a memorable end to 2019 as Neil Smith’s side beat Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 on home turf. Michael Cheek opened the scoring on 43 minutes before late strikes from Luke Coulson and Josh Rees sealed the victory.

Wednesday’s opposition also tasted victory in their last game, beating Ebbsfleet United 1-0 away from home courtesy of a 15th minute Michael Woods winner.

A Look At The Opposition:

Dover find themselves 11th with 39 points to their name and have won twice in their last five league games.

The Whites have the best away form in the league, winning on eight occasions and accumulating 26 points in the process.

Dover have also bagged 34 goals so far this season, conceding on 33 occasions too.

The Whites, who won promotion to the fifth tier in 2014, clinched 14th place last time around, a year after finishing just outside the play-off places.

Who’s In Charge?

Andy Hessenthaler embarked on his second spell as Dover boss back in October 2018 and went on to guide the Whites to a 14th place finish last season.

His first stint as boss saw him guide the Whites to back-to-back promotions, lifting them from the Ryman South division to the Conference South.

During his first spell as manager which stretched from 2007 to 2010, Hessenthaler also carried on his playing duties too, a role he also possessed at Gillingham.

After hanging up his boots in 2010, he returned to the Gills in his first full-time management role before going on to take charge of Leyton Orient and Eastleigh ahead of his return to the Crabble last year.

As a player, Hessenthaler made around 200 appearances for Watford before making over 300 for Gillingham between 1996 and 2006.

A loan spell at Hull City followed before he signed for Barnet on a permanent basis in 2006, his last move before joining Dover in 2007.

Last Meeting

Bromley’s last meeting with Dover came on Boxing Day and it proved to be a day to forget.

The Whites secured a 3-0 victory at Crabble thanks to goals from Ricky Modeste, Will de Havilland and Inih Effiong.

Top Scorer: Inih Effiong

Forward Effiong is currently Dover’s leading scorer in the National League this season having bagged 11 times so far this campaign.

The 28-year-old netted in our last meeting with the Whites and he will be eager to add to his tally on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Ravens:

Bobby-Joe Taylor initially joined Dover on loan after spending a short spell with Bromley in 2018 before penning a permanent deal just over a year ago.

Defender Paul Rooney is also a former Raven after joining on loan from Colchester United in 2018.

Former Whites:

Mekki spent the back end of the 2014-15 season at Dover after signing from Barnet in January 2015 but would leave for Tranmere Rovers the following summer.

Coach Ben May is also a former White after joining the club from Stevenage back in 2012. The former forward was a goal machine in the short spell he spent with Dover, netting 24 times in around 45 appearances for the club. May spent one season with the Whites before leaving for Ebbsfleet United in 2013.