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Gillingham draw fired Dover Athletic - Adam Birchall

Adam Birchall
Birchall's run of eight goals in eight games is a Dover club record

Dover striker Adam Birchall says that the prospect of a tie with Gillingham inspired them to their FA Cup fourth qualifying round win over Farnborough.

Birchall scored a hat-trick in Athletic's 5-0 replay victory to set up a first round trip to Priestfield.

The clash will see Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler face the Whites for the first time since leaving in May.

"There was definitely a lot of motivation before the game," Birchall told BBC Radio Kent.

In addition to Hessenthaler's defection, Dover also lost his replacement, Ian Hendon, whose reign lasted just 18 days before he left to become assistant manager at Priestfield.

Player-coach Nicky Southall also made the switch from Athletic to Gillingham.

"There's only a few of us here now who worked under Hessy but I know a lot of lads have worked under Hendon and a lot of lads know Nicky Southall," added Birchall.

"But we were very calm and collected before the game and it definitely seemed to show on the pitch. Now we can't wait for the Gillingham game."

Birchall has scored 17 goals this season, including 14 in his last eight games, but denied that he has anything to prove to Hendon, who was in charge when the 25-year-old was released by Barnet.

"That's all in the past now, you can't live in the past," said Birchall.

"I think we're just all looking forward to the game. It will be nice to see Hessy again.

"A lot of the boys here have good memories of him and thought he was a good manager, so it will be a nice day out."

Dover boss Martin Hayes, who succeeded Hendon as Athletic manager, said: "It feels nice because I know what it means to the fans and the club to get into the first round, and also to be playing Gillingham.

"That makes it pleasing for me that we can all go and enjoy that day.

"But I've got my serious head on and I'm thinking about how we can cause Gillingham problems and how we can try and sneak a result."

Whites chairman Jim Parmenter has tried to play down any suggestion that the tie represents Dover with the opportunity for revenge after the acrimonious events of the summer.

"I've made it quite clear that as far as I am concerned that's history," said Parmenter.

"By all means a bit of barracking never hurt anyone but that's as far as it goes and we really need to put it to bed now and move on.

"To go up the road and play the Gills will be a fantastic game for Kent football and we're really looking forward to that.

"When you've just won a fourth qualifying round tie at home 5-0, then who cares who the manager used to be?"

Gillingham lie 15th in League Two, 38 places above Blue Square Bet South side Dover in the league ladder.



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