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I must admit I was stunned when I saw that I had made the Team of the Week in Sunday’s Non-League Paper.

To be honest, I really am not sure how I managed to get in it given how I had performed in the win against Wrexham at Crabble. And a couple of the lads will vouch for that!

I gave away the penalty that led to Wrexham making it 1-1, yet it was reported in the NLP that Richard Orlu had brought down Connor Jenkins.

Dover's Richard Orlu got the blame for the penalty against Wrexham
Dover's Richard Orlu got the blame for the penalty against Wrexham

I got away with that one while poor old Orlu copped it as the culprit in print in the NLP as well as on the BT Sport highlights show.

And to be honest, I am not sure how me and him were confused as we don’t look anything like each other!

My day didn’t improve because Raggs (Sean Raggett) then took one for me after I had miskicked the ball.

That left Raggs needing to make a challenge that earned him a yellow card and a one-match ban.

It wasn’t the best of performances from me, so you can imagine my surprise to see my inclusion in the team of the week.

I wonder how many other players have given away a penalty and still made the line-up? Not many, I would imagine.

And if you thought I had a poor day, I really feel for Orlu.

Not only did he get the blame for the penalty, he didn’t get the credit he deserved for setting up our winning goal, either. It was his pass that teed up Toby Ajala, yet Jaydon Gibbs got the plaudits on TV!

We’ve had a few laughs about that – apart from Orlu.

And on the subject of laughs, Ricky Miller had a great bit of banter with a fan before Saturday’s game.

The fan said he wanted to be a mascot and walk out on to the pitch holding Miller’s hand like they do but wasn’t sure if the mascot was allowed to be bigger than the player.

Miller recovered well, saying the fan had a bigger bra size than his missus. It was all in good fun and everyone was laughing.

In closing, I am proud to say that Aswad (Thomas) finally completed his initiation song before our flight to Torquay when he stood up in the cafe at Lydd Airport.

All I can say is that I apologise to all who had to sit and listen to his performance because it wasn’t much of a song – it was more like a reading!!

I expected more and it means Duane is still top of the charts.

Until next week. COYW!

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