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Preview | Dorking Wanderers (H)

12 April 2024

Rochdale AFC vs Dorking Wanderers | Vanarama National League, Saturday 13th April, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Our final Saturday home match of the season sees Dale welcome Dorking Wanderers to the Crown Oil Arena.

Get ready for the game by reading all of the pre-match build-up below.


Coming to Saturday's game? Check out all of the information you need to make the most of your visit HERE.


D'Mani Mellor made his comeback from injury as a substitute against Oldham Athletic last weekend and should be available again this Saturday.

Brad Kelly and Kyle Ferguson remain Dale's only long-term injury absentees.


Dorking suffered a 4-2 defeat at Wealdstone on Thursday night, which all-but meant they would be relegated from the National League at the end of the season.
Wanderers are six points off safety with two games to go, but have a vastly inferior goal difference than York City in 20th.

Dorking were only founded in 1999 but earned 12 promotions in 23 seasons to reach National League level.

Co-founder and Chairman Marc White has also been the Manager throughout that time, achieving promotion to the fifth tier in 2022 and finishing 16th in their first season.


This will be the 2nd meeting between the two Clubs.

Dale were 2-1 winners in the reverse meeting back in September.


John Mulligan will be the referee for Saturday's game.
Simon Robinson and Andrew Daniels are the assistant referees, with George Eaton as the fourth official.

Can't join us at the Crown Oil Arena? Fans in the UK & Ireland can listen to live commentary via Dale Player.
Overseas fans can watch the match live via National League TV.
There will also be live updates via the club’s official Twitter account.

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Match Reports

Report | Dale 1-1 Dorking Wanderers

13 April 2024

Dale were held to a point at home to Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

After a goalless first-half, the visitors broke the deadlock just after the break, but Devante Rodney’s sixth goal of the season brought Dale level.

Jimmy McNulty’s men pushed for a winner late on but couldn’t beat goalkeeper Slavomir Huk, as it ended 1-1.

The Head Coach made two changes from last weekend’s game at Oldham Athletic. George Nevett and Jimmy Keohane returned to the starting line-up, replacing Dan Sassi and Cameron John, who both dropped to the bench.

Dale applied the majority of the pressure in the first period, with a number of shots well-blocked by the Dorking defence from Devante Rodney, Sam Mather, Cian Hayes and Kairo Mitchell.

Mitchell also sent an effort from 25 yards narrowly off target after turning his man well.

The visitors came the closest to opening the scoring though, with Jacob Chapman on top form to deny them.

First, he flicked a hand at Alfie Rutherford’s close-range effort, turning it wide of the post. Then, he tipped Bobby-Joe Taylor’s well-struck 25-yard shot over the crossbar.

Mather was causing problems for the visiting defence and after skipping past two defenders, he was denied by goalkeeper Huk.

Hayes sent a free-kick over the bar before coming inches away from setting up the opener, but his ball across the face of goal was just too far ahead of Mitchell who was sliding in at the back post.

After the break, Ryan East had a shot blocked and Rodney was denied by Huk, before the visitors took the lead, when Rutherford’s shot was deflected into the path of Charlie Carter, who slammed home off the inside of the post.

However, Dale responded well and were level within five minutes. Some patient build-up play led to Mitchell finding Rodney, who shifted the ball on to his left foot and rifled one into the top corner.

Huk then denied Rodney moments later, before Chapman made a fine fingertip save to deny Tony Craig’s header.

Dale really started to turn the screw as the game wore on, with Mitchell curling an effort wide after a surging run forward from George Nevett.

Mitchell diverted an East corner over and Rodney saw a one-on-one saved after bringing down a ball forward impeccably.

Substitute Ian Henderson also saw a shot turned wide by Huk before the goalkeeper saved another Mitchell effort and one from Hayes, as Dale were forced to settle for a point.

Dale XI | Chapman, Gordon, Ebanks-Landell, Nevett, Keohane (66’ Mellor), East, Gilmour (83’ Henderson), Hayes, Mather (89’ Sinclair), Rodney, Mitchell.

Unused subs | John, Sassi.

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