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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear has selection issues ahead of Vanarama Conference clash at Altrincham


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Lee Hook is the only one of three goalkeepers in Dover’s squad available to play in Saturday’s Vanarama Conference clash at Altrincham.

Andy Rafferty is banned following his red card in last weekend’s FA Trophy first round win at Lowestoft while Mitch Walker is still a couple of weeks away from returning from injury.

That leaves Hook, Whites’ goalkeeping coach, as the last man standing but whether he plays or not remains to be seen. When Walker got injured at Dartford, boss Chris Kinnear brought in former Hartlepool keeper Rafferty as cover.

Could Kinnear be planning to do the same as his side attempt to extend their 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including seven in the league?

The manager admitted he wasn’t certain about who would be in goal.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear
Dover boss Chris Kinnear

He said: “Tom (Wynter) may even keep his place in goal after his effort at Lowestoft – he keeps on telling me how good he did.

“But seriously, I just don’t know who will play yet. I am having a look around.”

But Kinnear is certain of one thing ahead of Saturday’s clash – he won’t be missing the train from London, something he did for the trip to Lowestoft.

Kinnear said: “That was the first time that I’ve ever missed a train or a coach to a game in my long career and I’ve got no intention of doing it again. I am sure the lads will fine me for it!”

But how did he come to miss it?

He said: “Jake (his assistant manager Jake Leberl) and I had dropped the players off at the station in the club’s mini bus but we couldn’t find a parking spot.

“The train went without us so we ended up driving there.”

Chris Kinnear jnr is facing a spell on the sidelines as the result of a knee injury while Callum Davies’ loan spell has ended with the Gillingham defender to undergo an operation on his ankle early next week.

Davies made three starts before limping off in the 1-0 FA Cup win at Cheltenham.

Whites face a trip to Havant & Waterlooville in the second round of the FA Trophy after the Vanarama Conference South side beat Weymouth 5-0 in a replay on Tuesday.

The tie will be played on January 10.

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