Dover Athletic bounced back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over a stubborn Halifax Town.

Skipper Nicky Deverdics scored with a low drive early on and Dover held on to move up to fourth spot in the table, only one point behind third placed Grimsby.DoverAthleticLogo

‘Solid is all you can be at this time of the season’ said manager Chris Kinnear. ‘It’s all about doing the right things at the right time and the players are doing that. We are winning points and if the next seven games are the same as the last seven then we will be in the play offs’.

Chris is continuing with his current philosophy of concentrating on one game at a time as he explained. ‘It does not matter where we are now, so we can’t worry about play offs. We can only worry about the game at Altrincham and hopefully apply ourselves.’

Athletic look on course to finish in their highest ever placing at National League level and Kinnear is already taking great pride in the season. ‘No matter where we finish, the players have been magnificient and we are all very lucky we have a group who are all willing to give 100% every game.’

He added, ‘The club is really moving on considering we have only been in this division for two years. Grimsby have got massive support and finance and have been trying to get out of this league for six years, so we must not get carried.’

‘No matter where we finish the players have been magnificient.’

Dover now face three consecutive away trips to Altrincham, Wrexham and Macclesfield, not that Kinnear is duly concerned. ‘That’s the way it is’ he said, ‘we have got to play the same amount of games away as at home. No matter where we play we want to score more than the other side and hopefully we can get a result Tuesday.’

Chris is also hopeful star man Ricky Modeste is back in contention after missing Saturday’s win with a hamstring injury. ‘He should be alright’, said Chris. ‘He had a fitness test before the game, but we have to be careful as he is important to us. Hopefully he will be in the mixing pot for Tuesday.’


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