Titanic clash between Chelmsford City and Dover Athletic

MANAGER Glenn Pennyfather is looking forward to another titanic clash between two well-supported promotion rivals as his Chelmsford City side travel to face sixth-placed Dover Athletic tonight

MANAGER Glenn Pennyfather is looking forward to another titanic clash between two well-supported promotion rivals as his Chelmsford City side travel to face sixth-placed Dover Athletic tonight, and he only has a couple of injury concerns ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off at The Crabble.

The Clarets will be wary of Dover’s intention to dislodge one of the top five clubs if they’re to make it into the play-offs this season and Pennyfather is determined to bring a result home from Kent to ensure it isn’t Chelmsford they climb above in the short term. Athletic are eleven Blue Square Bet South points behind with two games in hand.

“We always have exciting games against Dover and it’s a lovely surface there so we’re going to love going out and playing football,” said Glenn. “Neither team will want to lose. For Dover it’s a must win as they’re playing catch-up on the play-off sides and, with eleven matches left, their games are running out. That puts them under more pressure.”

Athletic won 3-2 on Non-League Day at Melbourne in September, and Pennyfather added: “They’ve beaten us already and now they have to win their games in hand as they’re within shooting distance of the top five. But we’ve earned the right to be in a good position and we won’t change our philosophy or style. Despite the blot of our copy book at Bromley we’ve been in good form on our travels and really enjoyed it.”


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Central midfielder Sam Corcoran came through his hour of football on Saturday problem free, but striker Kezie Ibe didn’t and he’ll require a fitness test before the game alongside young loanee forward Alex Osborn. Defender Justin Miller and wide man Anthony Cook remain on the long term absence list, but the rest of the squad is available.

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