Covid-19 protocols call off Dover Athletic's trip to Wealdstone but test results all come back negative

Saturday 14th November 2020

DOVER ATHLETIC’S National League game at Wealdstone today has been postponed due to Covid-19 issues.

A club statement said: “Our staff and players were tested at Crabble on Friday morning and with the results not being known until Saturday at the earliest, under Covid protocols we will not be allowed to travel until these results are known.

“We were made aware of the situation on Thursday evening and we acted immediately, arranging for all the squad and staff to be tested privately on Friday morning.

“The protocol requires tests based on symptoms - as soon as reported, tests were booked. Regular testing is not a requirement at our level.”

Andy Hessenthaler’s side are second-from-bottom in the Vanarama National League table with two wins from seven games, while hosts Wealdstone are second in the table with 16 points from their eight league outings, two points adrift of leaders Torquay United, having played a game more.

The club confirmed that on Saturday evening that "all the management, backroom staff and players have tested negative for Covid-19 after the club received the results on Saturday evening."

The squad will report back for training on Monday ahead of their home National League clash against Woking on Tuesday night.

A Wealdstone statement added: “The rearranged fixture is expected to be played behind closed doors, so we can confirm that all streaming passes purchased for the original stream will be valid for the rearranged fixture.”

Meanwhile, Louis Collins’ goal against Eastleigh has been voted as the October goal of the month by Dover Athletic fans.

The former Sevenoaks Town striker’s fine finish to put Dover 2-1 ahead received over 30% of the votes, edging out the next placed goal, Ade Azeez’s winner later in the same game.

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