The Match referee has inspected the pitch and will again inspect at 12:30. He is satisfied the pitch has improved significantly since the first inspection and the grounds team will continue to work on the problem areas.
I live a mile from the ground. raining as i write this. Depends which forecast you believe whether the game will go ahead. Acu weather is forecasting solid rain until 1 and then easing, the BBC is saying rain now over for the day. If we get another hour of rain, game will be off, if the BBC is correct it'll be on. Glad I'm not a Dover fan!
Rain has now stopped so good chance game is on. I do think though that when there is uncertainty at 11.30 and fans are travelling long distances, then the game should be called off. Fair enough in the later part of the season when there is a potential fixture backlog, but now rearranging for a midweek would be no problem.
Afraid the football authorities still haven't grasped the message - LOOK AFTER THE FOOTBALL FANS. Hope for Dover's fans sake the game is on and confident it will be.
A massive well done and thank you to Barnsey, Steve New and all others who helped get the pitch ready today and succeeded in getting the game on. Yes, it was a bit wet in places but at the end of the game showed no obvious signs of distress or wear. I really didn't expect to be going to a game today. The pitch is now in a far better condition than it has ever been and that must be down to the hard work put in by Dan Barnes and anyone else who helps him out.
As far as the game was concerned, I consider it a point gained rather than 2 points lost. I'd guess Dover will look at it as 2 points lost. We were definitely second best today but still managed to salvage a point with yet another goal from a set play. First time we've scored more than one goal in a game at home all season.
Dover actually looked a pretty good side. The signings Hess has made must have made a difference and wouldn't we like to see a player like Anthony Jeffrey (their No 7) in a Spitfires shirt, to give us a bit of pace and other options in attack.
Still, another point can't be sniffed at, however it would be good to see the team playing as good at home as away.
Pleased to nick a point at the end, but our home form is a major concern. We can't keep on relying on winning away. Our home form has been poor for a very long time now. Cracking that is number one job for BS. Lets hope he gets it right, and sooner rather than later.
glass half full/half empty syndrome , we have to start getting some wins at home if we are to challenge for the top 7. i know its not for a few weeks but the transfer window could be key for is. i do fear a bit as ben strevs doesn't have experience of this, hope others will step in and help him out
Post by unknownquantity on Dec 2, 2018 1:19:19 GMT
It is not often we draw with Dover.
With regard to Chris Todd the season he took over we finished 7th and I think most people would be happy with that position this season. The following season he was sacked after getting a point a game from 4 games. This season we had point a game after 11, but kept faith with the manager.
I think that with the majority of local games being played and groundstaff working hard on the pitch it was always likely the game was going to be on, and taking an objective view I think the right decision was made.