Moors return to Vanarama National League action this Saturday (23rd January) with an away trip to Dover Athletic.
Jimmy Shan’s men travel to the Crabble Stadium after the fixture between the two sides was brought forward.
Kick Off: 3:00pm
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Last time out, Moors were unfortunate to taste defeat to Aldershot last time around in the Buildbase FA Trophy.
A spirited second half performance from Jimmy Shan’s men was not enough as they were knocked out in the fourth-round following a narrow 3-2 defeat on Tuesday Night.
An action-packed game saw the Moors fight back to 2-2 in the second half before Aldershot’s Mo Bettamer’s free-kick finally sealed victory for the hosts.
There was drama right up until the finish whistle with Moors substitute Mitch Hancox rattling the bar in stoppage time.
Moors now switch their focus back to the league where they sit 12th in the table, just a point off the playoffs, with games in hand against their rivals.
In fact, only Saturday’s opponents Dover have played fewer games than Moors in the league this season, the Whites are on 12 while Moors have played 13.
Such is the situation, if Moors win tomorrow and results go their way, Jimmy Shan’s men could end the day in fifth place in the table.
Moors opponents Dover come into the fixture following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Wrexham last Saturday (12th January).
Dover find themselves searching for their first win since a 3-2 victory at home to Eastleigh on 27th October.
This form sees them bottom of the Vanarama National League with seven points.
In the Opposite Dugout – Andy Hessenthaler
After spending his early 20s playing for a number of non-league clubs, Hessenthaler got the opportunity to represent his country after a call up to the England National Football C Team in 1990.
At the age of 26, Hessenthaler turned professional, joining Watford in 2001. He spent five years at Vicarage Road, making 217 appearances and taking on the captain’s armband.
Hessenthaler then joined Gillingham in 1996, where he enjoyed his most successful stint. He was appointed as player-coach at Gillingham in 2000.
That season, he was instrumental in leading his side to a historic 3-2 play-off win over Wigan Athletic.
It was a significant victory as it secured promotion to the old First Division for the first time in the Gills’ history.
Manager Peter Taylor left for Premier League Leicester City shortly after and Hessenthaler occupied the Gills dugout until 2004 when he resigned to concentrate on playing.
He was named Gillingham's greatest ever player by the Professional Footballers’ Association in November 2007.
A loan spell at Hull City in 2005, was followed by a stint at Barnet before Hessenthaler took on the player-manager role at Dover Athletic from 2007-10. He finished playing at the age of 44.
Hessenthaler re-joined Gillingham as manager in May 2010 but he left at the end of the 2011-12 season as the Gills narrowly missed out on a place in the League Two play-offs
Short stays at Leyton Orient and Eastleigh followed before Hessenthaler returned to Dover as manager in October 2018.
One to Watch
Results may have been hard to come by for Dover Athletic, but teenage midfielder TJ Bramble has caught the eye.
The 19-year-old last netted in the 1-1 draw at home to Boreham Wood on 12th January.
Bramble also represents Antigua and Barbuda and made his international bow for the Benna Boys in a 3-2 win over Bermuda in March 2018.
Last Time Out
Jimmy Shan’s team last faced Saturday’s opponents back on 29th February 2020.
The Moors were convincing victors that day, securing a comfortable 3-0 home win.
A deflected free-kick off an unfortunate Aaron Simpson found the back of the Dover net and gave Moors a 1-0 lead going into half time.
The points were wrapped up ten minutes from the end, as a quick second half brace from defender Callum Howe would ensure Jimmy Shan’s first win as manager at the club.
As for the last time the Moors travelled to the Crabble Stadium, a stunning Jamey Osborne free-kick on 28 minutes cancelled out an early Dover lead thanks to a Inih Effiong header.
The game would finish 1-1 on that day in November 2019. A result which would help Moors hold onto third spot in the Vanarama National League.
From the Manager
We caught up with Moors boss Jimmy Shan who gave his pre-match interview ahead of the game: https://youtu.be/dpzZ37sEZR0
New signing Kyle Howkins is eligible to make his Moors debut after joining on loan from Newport County until the end of the season.
Moors will be without on-loan striker Cameron Archer. Manager Jimmy Shan has confirmed that the Aston Villa man has been struggling with an abdominal issue and has returned to his parent club for treatment, likely to keep him out for between 2-4 weeks.
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