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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear preparing for tough game against high-flying Welling United

New Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear acknowledges the fans at Crabble.by Kevin Redsull

Chris Kinnear knows that his honeymoon period back in charge of Dover Athletic could come to a swift end this weekend.

After opening his second spell in charge of Whites with a 3-2 win over Truro City, Kinnear’s side face a much more difficult test on Saturday with the visit of high-flying Welling United to Crabble.

Jamie Day’s second-placed team set a Blue Square Bet South record of 11 straight victories with last Saturday’s 3-2 success over Dorchester and the Wings followed it up a 4-0 win over Boreham Wood on Tuesday.

Kinnear (pictured greeting the Crabble fans before kick-off on Saturday) said: "I’ve seen Welling play a few times and they are a decent side.

"Jamie Day and his coaching staff have been there a number of years and have a built a side who are capable of winning the title.

"It takes time to build a side who can play the way you want them to play and Jamie has got that now."

Kinnear, in contrast, has been back at Crabble for only three weeks during which time the start of his re-building process has been restricted both by the weather and by a long absentee list.

Chris Sessegnon limped off in the second half against Truro but Kinnear is hoping the wing-back will be fit for Saturday along with striker Billy Bricknell and midfielder Steve Thomson (chest infections).

However, defender Shane Huke faces a further six weeks in plaster due to his metatarsal problem.

Do you think Dover will be able to halt Welling's winning run? Have your say below.

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