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Dover Athletic skipper Ian Simpemba may have to wait for return

Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear
Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear

By Kevin Redsull

Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear will make a late decision on whether to recall Ian Simpemba for Saturday’s Blue Square Bet South trip to Havant & Waterlooville.

The Dover skipper is due to fly back from his grandfather’s funeral in Africa tomorrow (Friday) and, after missing five matches through suspension, Simpemba showed signs of rustiness in last Saturday’s 5-0 home defeat by Basingstoke, including being at fault for the second goal.

He then missed the midweek Salisbury game, when Whites produced a solid rearguard action to scure a 1-1 draw and Kinnear (pictured) may feel it would be wise to retain the same defensive line-up at Havant.

"We will see how Ian is feeling on Saturday," said boss Kinnear, who may also have to decide whether to take a risk on leading scorer Ben May, who picked up a hamstring injury at Salisbury.

Kinnear was delighted with the performance at Salisbury, where Tyrone Sterling's 24th minute strike had Whites in front until Dan Fitchett's injury-time equaliser.

"We didn’t make too much of a fuss after Saturday (against Basingstoke), which I would like to think was just one of those blips and the boys showed a lot of resilience (at Salisbury), especially as we had to field a young side.He said:

"We were under the cosh a bit in the second half when Salisbury were throwing more people forward and we defended well. A draw was probably a fair result and Salisbury are a good side. They proved that by beating (leaders) Welling on Saturday."

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