AFC Fylde v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player
2nd November 2019 3:00 pm National League 2019-2020 1,185 Scott Doe

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Whites earned a first-ever point at Mill Farm in a game of few chances for either side.

The home team had the best opportunity to score a goal when Jordan Williams’ ran through on goal in the first half, however was unable to get the ball past visiting keeper Yusuf Mersin.

Coasters goalie Montgomery turned away Inih Effiong’s curling strike as Andy Hessenthaler’s men ended a run of back-to-back losses at Fylde.

The match was also Jim Bentley’s first home match in charge of AFC Fylde since his appointment earlier in the week.

Home skipper Danny Rowe curled narrowly off target within a minute of the game starting.

Rowe then went for goal again, heading Luke Burke’s cross narrowly off target.

Matty Kosylo then fired a warning shot wide for Fylde and at the other end, Steven Rigg headed Josh Passley’s cross wide of the far post.

Mersin dived low to grab onto Rowe’s 30-yard free-kick and Oscar Gobern then directed Passley’s cross straight at home stopper James Montgomery.

Athletic can thank Mersin for keeping the scores level after Paul Rooney missed his header.

The defender’s misjudgement let in Williams’ on goal, but the Turkish keeper was out quickly to block the midfielder’s shot.

Effiong blasted wide shortly after the restart and Kosylo opted to shoot when cutting inside for Fylde, only to blast his effort into the side-netting.

Whites then nearly went ahead with one of the best attacking moves of the match.

Effiong and Jai Reason played a one-two and Dover top scorer Effiong forced Montgomery into a diving save.

Williams’ then dragged a 20-yard strike wide as the away side continued to limit their hosts’ chances.

Reason unleashed a 30-yard volley straight at Montgomery and with 10 minutes remaining, Williams slipped in Rowe, but the normally reliable striker curled into the side netting with just Mersin to beat.

The point sees Dover drop one place to 12th on the league ladder, three points outside the play-offs.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler kept with the same team that started against Eastleigh on Tuesday night. Striker Ruel Sotiriou, signed on loan from Leyton Orient the day before the game, was named as a substitute.

Whites next host Southend United in the Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper on Sunday 10th November, kick-off 12 noon.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

AFC FYLDE REACTION

AFC Fylde

1James Montgomery Goalkeeper
12Luke Burke Defender
4Neill Byrne Defender
6Alex Whitmore Defender
16Andy Taylor 5 Defender
8Ryan Croasdale 15 Midfielder
10Danny Philliskirk Forward
27Nick Haughton 17 Midfielder
7Matty Kosylo Midfielder
11Jordan Williams Midfielder
9Danny Rowe Forward, (c)
5Kyle Jameson 16 Defender 87 Taylor'
13Tyler Hornby-Forbes Defender
15Dan Bradley 8 Midfielder 71 Croasdale'
17Mark Yeates 27 Midfielder 67 Haughton'
31Sam Hornby Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Jim Bentley

Dover Athletic

1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Scott Doe Defender
16Paul Rooney Defender
26Aaron Simpson Defender
8Michael Woods Midfielder, (c)
11Jack Munns 21 Midfielder 68'
18Oscar Gobern Midfielder
7Jai Reason Midfielder 32'
19Steven Rigg Forward
9Inih Effiong Forward
13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
15Kurtis Cumberbatch Midfielder
21Anthony Jeffrey 11 Forward 84 Munns'
23Roberto Ratti Forward
24Ruel Sotiriou Forward
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Substitutions
3
1
Goals
0
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
2
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Joseph JohnsonBlake Antrobus
Michael D’Aguilar
Adam Brown

Ground

Mill Farm
Coronation Way, Preston PR4, UK