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All change for Dover Athletic and Cheltenham Town in first meeting since Whites FA Cup victory last December

Boss Chris Kinnear has fond memories of the last time his side played at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road – and so do the Dover fans.

But a lot has changed since Whites dumped the then League 2 side out of the FA Cup after winning the second round clash 1-0 last December.

Kinnear’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Vanarama National League game at the now called World of Smile Stadium is set to include just four members of that triumphant trip to Gloucestershire – Richard Orlu, Nicky Deverdics, Stefan Payne and Tyrone Sterling.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear salutes the travelling fans after the FA Cup win at Cheltenham. Picture: Ady Kerry
Dover manager Chris Kinnear salutes the travelling fans after the FA Cup win at Cheltenham. Picture: Ady Kerry

The man who scored the all-important goal, then captain Connor Essam, as well as Sean Francis and loanees Tom Bonner and Callum Davies have all departed, while Andy Rafferty, Tom Murphy and Chris Kinnear jnr are on the injured list.

The changes at the Robins have been even more drastic. None of their starting line-up against Dover featured in the 2-1 loss at Altrincham on Saturday as most left the club after they were relegated.

It all means what happened in the past is irrelevant, as far as Kinnear is concerned.

He said: “I will never forget that stunning win or that fantastic day. I don’t think I am alone in thinking that either.

“But the slate has been wiped clean now and this is a different challenge and one we have to rise to.

“Cheltenham lost for the first time this season last Saturday so they will be hurting after that and will want to bounce back quickly from it.

“They are the team above us and just two points separates us, so it’s going to be a huge game for us both.”

In team news, Kinnear’s squad for the game could include new signing, winger Toby

The former Bristol City, Welling United and Torquay United man joined on Tuesday after initially playing in the 2-0 pre-season win at Wealdstone in July before heading to Scotland for a trial with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He scored six goals in 45 games for Torquay last season and played in both games against Whites.

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