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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear says it will be tough choosing between Mitch Walker and Andy Rafferty for the opening Vanarama National League game

Dover boss Chris Kinnear is facing a goalkeeping selection dilemma ahead of Saturday’s Vanarama National League opener at Barrow AFC.

He has two quality ‘keepers on his books in Mitch Walker and Andy Rafferty but who gets the nod is providing Kinnear with his only major headache against the promoted hosts.

Kinnear said: “I don’t know who will start at this stage. I really don't.

“It’s such a tough call to make and I know it’s going to be hard for either one to accept.

"But you have to find the right formula and that means making the tough decisions – you can’t accommodate everyone and two doesn’t go into one. I’ve got a big decision to make.”

Andy Rafferty
Andy Rafferty

Kinnear revealed the make-up of his side should not include any major surprises, adding: “We are always looking to strengthen and I’ve been working the phone this week – we are, as Jake (assistant manager Jake Leberl) said last week, two or three players short of what we want.

“But barring any signings this week, or injuries in training, the line-up should resemble the one that drew 1-1 against Gillingham. We looked good in that game.”

As for the opposition, Kinnear revealed that scout Kevin Raine went to watch the Bluebirds in their final pre-season game last Saturday, a goalless draw against a young Leeds United line-up at Holker Street.

That result meant Barrow won four, drew two and lost one of their friendlies.

Kinnear said: “You can’t read much into those sort of games against Leeds – they (Barrow) gave all nine of their subs a run.

“We won’t know who we will be up against until the team lists are exchanged just before the game.

“One thing I am sure of though, regardless of who they put out, is that they have said they are going to make it as unforgiving as possible for us. We’ve got to make sure we meet that challenge.”

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