Dover Athletic FC v Barnet FC – 01/09/2018

The National League clash between Dover Athletic FC v Barnet FC saw a lowley Dover continue their dismal start to the season going down by loosing at home by a two goals to one. Both sides getting used to unfamiliar territory. Dover who just cant seem to find first gear this year and Barnet adjusting to life back in the National League.

Here are a few of my favorites. There are plenty more in my gallery here. All are available for licence and self billing applies where applicable. If in doubt get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Dover Athletic FC v Barnet FC

Barnets defender David Tutonda and Dovers forward Jamie Allen both vie for the ball.

It was a game where both stoppers kept their relative teams in the game. With some great saves.

Dover Athletic FC v Barnet FC

Barnets midfielder Wesley Fonguck surges forward while Dovers keeper Mitch Walker comes to the ball.

Dover Athletic FC v Barnet FC

Barnets keeper Mark Cousins makes an acrobatic save to deny Dovers forward Jamie Allen.

Dover Athletic FC v Eastleigh FC – 25/08/2018

Dover Athletic FC v Eastleigh FC – Dover’s continued poor start to their National League season continued. They went down to the Spitfires by two goals to one in a game of two halfs, no pun intended, honestly!

I’m not going to turn this post into a ‘pundit like’ criticism. However, Eastleigh have one of the smallest squads in the league but played to their strengths playing possession football are were rewarded for their efforts, they deserved the win.

Unfortunately, Dover still look like a team that just have not gelled yet. Whites new signing Aryan Tajbakhsh was undoubtedly one of the good things for them to take away from what was otherwise a forgettable afternoon.

Dover Athletic FC v Easteigh FC

New signing Dovers midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh on the ball.

Here are a few of my favourites from the game:

There is a full gallery here all images are available for licence and self billing applies where applicable. If in doubt get in touch with me.

Dover Athletic FC v Wrexham FC – 04/08/2018

Dover Athletic FC v Wrexham FC – So the 2018 season got underway. However,  it wasn’t the result that Dover were looking for loosing by a goal to nothing.

Probably, even more galling was the fact they could have been winners. If it was not for possibly the weakest penalty I have ever seen that was saved as a result and having a goal disallowed by a questionable decision. But this is football and there is a long, long way to go yet! Here are a few of my favorites from the game.

Dover Athletic FC v Wrexham FC

Dovers defender Josh Passley is wresstled to the ground by Wrexhams forward Stuart Beavon during the opening National League match between Dover Athletic and Wrexham FC at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 04 August 2018.

I think its far too early to start making any far reaching statements, there is a load of talent in the new Dover squad given time I am convinced they will be right up there.

Dover Athletic FC v Wrexham FC

Dovers defender Tim Schmoll and Wrexhams midfielder Luke Young clash mid field during the opening National League match between Dover Athletic and Wrexham FC at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 04 August 2018.

Here are a few more:

There is a full gallery available here all the images are available for licence.

Dover Athletic FC V Gillingham FC – 21/07/2018

Dover Athletic FC V Gillingham FC a pre-season friendly. It always seems slightly odd starting the season in July when you need a hat and sun cream in the not too distant future it will be wooly hats and scarfs!

Dover, was much still getting used to its new players. By my reckoning the Gillingham select XI had at least 6 starting players. Three of which were their back line. Gillingham wound up three to nothing winners, but in a friendly with trialists playing the scoreline is imaterial.

Dover Athletic FC V Gillingham FC

Dover’s Anthony Jeffrey rides a tackle by Gillingham’s Max Ehmer during the pre-season friendly match between Dover Athletic and Gillingham FC at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 21 July 2018.

There is a full gallery available for licence here, self billing applies in all cases. For now here are a few of my favorites. I must admit the back line for Dover is shaping up to be mountainous!

Roll on 4th August when the season gets underway for real!

Dover Athletic v Tranmere Rovers – 17/04/2018

Dover Athletic v Tranmere Rovers – As the 2018 season draws to its conclusion the games become more and more edgy. Tranmere Rovers are chasing the top spot and Dover Athletic are chasing a place in the newly reorganised play-offs. Unfortunately for the young Dover Athletic side they came up against a very inform experienced Tranmere Rovers side. The visitors ran out winners by a single goal thanks to Tranmere’s Andy Cook.

It was a very physical game, here are a selection of pictures. There is a full gallery that is available for licenced use here.

Dover Athletic v Tranmere Rovers

Dover’s forward Anthony Jeffrey rushes to the ball ahead of Tranmeres defender Adam Buxton and Tranmeres midfielder Larnell Cole.

For me Anthony Jeffrey was the Dover Man of the match. He has just got better and better over the last few games and is a problem for most teams, too little too late?

Oh and did I say it was physical? Kadell Daniel showing what commitment is!

Tranmeres forward Connor Jennings and Dover’s forward Kadell Daniel both go flying.

Dover Athletic v Torquay United – 07/04/2018

Dover Athletic v Torquay United. As the season gets to the sharp end and play-off places are hard fought for. It made a change to actually have sunshine. I know as a sports photographer moaning comes with the job but still I thought I was about to start to rust. The game itself was a meeting of teams at both ends of the league and neither team wanted to take any risks. Here are a few of my favorites. There is a full gallery here.

I give you the footballer totam pole! Although nobody seems particularly happy!

Dover Athletic v Torquay United.

Dover’s forward Ryan Bird rises above Torquay’s defender Sean McGinty and team mate Giancarlo Gallifuoco

Lastly for now a shot of Mitch Walker that illustrates his commitment putting his well being on the line. This really brought tears to my eyes!

Dover Athletic v Torquay United

Dover’s keeper Mitch Walker bravely saves an effort by Torquays Brett Williams.

Dover Athletic v Dagenham and Redbridge FC – 20/02/2018

Dover Athletic v Dagenham and Redbridge FC. The Whites were looking to pull themselves out of a lack lustre run and get back into the playoff running. Right from the start they looked like a side on a mission. It was Mitch Pinnocks overhead kick that turned out to be the winner. It could quite possibly turn out to be a contender for the goal of the season.

Dover Athletic v Dagenham and Redbridge FC

Dover’s forward Mitchell Pinnock scores with a spectacular over head kick during the Vanorama National League match between Dover Athletic and Dagenham and redbridge FC at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 6 January 2018.

It was one of those goals that you sit there watching thinking; “Hes not going to try that is he?…. oh he has, well surely he wont score…..Damn!” Then much to my surprise he reeled around and ran right at me (cheers for that ;)). So much so I had to shout stop at him to stop him getting to close so I could keep taking pictures! But what is pulling the shorts up high all about?

Dover Athletic v Dagenham and Redbridge FC

Dover’s forward Mitchell Pinnock elated after scoring his spectacular over head kicked goal during the Vanorama National League match between Dover Athletic and Dagenham and redbridge FC at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 6 January 2018.

Here are a few favourites from the game

If you still want more there is a larger gallery here

 

Dover Athletic v Sutton United – 10/02/2018

Dover Athletic v Sutton United. I am fast coming to the conclusion that football has to be played in the rain! I think its about 6 straight weeks now and I’d be lost without my ThinkTank Hydraphobias

Dover Athletic v Sutton United

Dovers Ryan Bird cannot believe his luck as he narrowly misses scoring

So torrential rain and a game that was too close to call what was not to like! Sadly it wasn’t to be Dovers day as Sutton ran out winners by a single goal. Despite being reduced to 10 men and surviving a barrage of pressure from Dover during the closing minutes the equaliser remaind elusive. The frustrastion on the Dover players faces is clear to see.

There is a full gallery from the game here

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy – 03/02/2018

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy. Possibly the first time the two sides have met at Crabble, happy to be corrected on that one. It was a thrilling 7 goal thriller which the visitors ran out winners with a stoppage time winning goal. One of those days where your just at the wrong end!

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy

Leyton Orient’s defender George Elokobi celebrates after scoring the O’s first goal during the The FA Trophy match between Dover Athletic and Leyton Orient at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 3 February 2018.

There was a moment when it appeared that Dover were on the verge of an epic comeback. They came back from 3 goals down to level the score. But alas it wasn’t to be.

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy

Team mates flock to Dover’s forward Ryan Bird to celebrate his goal during the The FA Trophy match between Dover Athletic and Leyton Orient at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 3 February 2018. Photo by Matt Bristow.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game. There is a full gallery here and as usual there will be pictures in The Non-League Football Paper

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC – 27/01/2018

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC. It is a wet and windy January and high flying Dover Athletic host lowely Guiseley FC in the Vanorama National League. Whats not to like?

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC

Guiseleys defender Harry Flowers keeps Dover’s midfielder Mitch Brundle from the ball.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Now I’m not one to complain and its great to have a player celebrate right in front of you, but sometimes its too close! I literally couldn’t focus on Mitch Pinnock. I did get up and move back and Mitch Brundle then performed some kind of smack down move on my stool LOL!

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC

Thanks guys but too close! fail on my behalf!

There is a larger gallery of Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC on my Photoshelter account