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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear says FA Trophy exit leaves them free to concentrate on Skrill South promotion bid

16 January 2014
by Alex Hoad


Chris Kinnear

Chris Kinnear

Chris Kinnear says Dover’s chances of winning promotion this season rest on ‘solving’ the conundrum of their home form.

The Whites boss says now that the ‘distraction’ of their impressive FA Cup and FA Trophy runs is behind them, they can begin to focus on regaining ground in the Skrill South promotion race.

Saturday’s 3-2 reverse in the Trophy last-16 tie at Eastleigh left the Kent Senior Cup quarter-final tie with Dartford on January 28 as Dover’s only game outside their league schedule.

Kinnear said: “Cup competition has been a bit of a distraction, of course you don’t want it to be, and you do everything you can for it not to be, but it is. Hopefully we can now get back to focusing on the league.”

Dover sit 11th, five points outside the final play-off spot, and 24 behind runaway leaders Bromley, however they do have up to three games in hand on sides above them.

Kinnear added: “There’s certainly no need to panic, the league is very tight and it’s still all to play for.”

Dover could hand new signing Jeff Goulding his debut at rock-bottom Dorchester on Saturday, but Kinnear claimed the physical forward could be just as useful at Crabble as he is on the road – where Dover have taken seven points from their last three league games.

Kinnear said: “He is experienced and holds the ball up which brings other people into play. That might help us at home, when we have to break teams down."



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