Just two points separate ourselves and Dorking Wanderers B in the table. We currently sit in third while Dorking are sitting in second.
We may look for home advantage in this fixture, Dorking has been at home in the last two, while the last time we welcomed them to Fetcham Grove was back in April 2022. All four of these games ended with a Dorking victory, we will need to be on top form to take something from this contest.
Danger Man & Dorking’s Form
Ben Aubrey has scored twelve goals in 25 appearances this season, including Dorking’s solitary goal they scored against us in their 1-0 win on January 2nd. Since their win against us, Dorking has played four more league games, registering nine goals in three wins and a draw.
Apart from their away game to Selsey on the 11th of February, Dorking haven’t scored in the first half of a game since they beat Montpelier Villa back in November. That is nine games in all competitions, and in four of those games, they went into half-time on the losing side.
They have only come back to win two of those games, the latest was ten days ago when they hosted Montpelier Villa at Meadowbank. They were 0-1 down at half-time but turned it around to run out 5-1 winners. The other was back in December when they turned around another 0-1 deficit at home to us in the Division One Challenge Cup when an Aubery goal deep into stoppage time took Dorking into the hat for the 3rd round.
However, they have only lost two in those ten games when they have been behind at the break. Again one was back on Boxing Day when they were 2-0 down to Godalming at half-time but lost 2-1, the other was just a week ago when they lost 2-0 to Premier side Loxwood in the Peter Bentley Cup after being 1-0 down after the first 45.
Whilst we have signed a few new faces recently, with the likes of Dylan Merchant-Simmons and Alex Penfold coming into sure up the defence in recent weeks we have seen some players being recalled for recent games.
Jaan Stanley and Thompson Adeyemi were both recalled at the weekend to Raynes Park and Chipstead respectively.
With Jamie “Busy” Byatt back on the sideline with another slight hamstring issue he picked up in our win over Arundel, he will be assessed before tonight’s game. Johnny “Sonic” Akoto is also still missing through injury while Kevin Moreno-Gomez and Rory Edwards are nursing slight injuries, they will constantly be assessed ahead of our tricky next few fixtures.
Some positive news is we welcomed back Steve Springett and Nick Wilson at the weekend after a few weeks away. All other players are fit and ready.
Referee: Pablo Aguilar
Assistant: Ian Homewood
Assistant: Adrian Hudson