Boreham Wood v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
20th January 2018 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 527 Anthony Jeffrey Stephens (70), Davey (87) Parry (52), Daniel (72), Ilesanmi (85)

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WHITES ended a four-match losing run against Boreham Wood to leapfrog their opponents in the table with an exciting 3-2 win at Meadow Park.

Following a goalless first half, Manny Parry gave the visitors the lead with his third goal in as many games before Dale Stephens volleyed the Wood back on level terms with 20 minutes remaining.

Sub Kadell Daniel put Athletic ahead again before Femi Ilesanmi made it 3-1 after he fired home against his former club.

Alex Davey pulled one back late on but Whites held on to secure their first league victory of 2018.

The visitors started brightly with Ryan Bird just missing out on Mitch Pinnock’s dangerous cross.

And Dover were almost made to pay five minutes later as Angelo Balanta placed the ball wide with the net gaping after Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s miss-kick allowed Kane Smith to burst through and pass to the Colombian from the byline.

Keira Murtagh then volleyed wide and Ricky Shakes blazed over after picking up on a rebound from a free kick.

Stephens headed wide of the mark from a Bruno Andrade corner and the hosts went even closer as half-time loomed.

Murtagh’s blocked effort fell for Shakes to drive home from the edge of the box, however, Connor Essam was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Chris Kinnear’s men went ahead seven minutes after the restart thanks to Parry.

The defender, celebrating his 24th birthday, diverted Bird’s lobbed pass goalwards through a crowded area, finding the bottom corner via the post much to the surprise of home goalie Grant Smith.

Dover should have doubled their lead after Anthony Jeffrey outpaced the opposing backline, but the loanee dragged his shot wide when one-on-one with Smith.

And that miss proved costly as Boreham Wood levelled through Stephens.

The centre-back, volleyed into the roof of the net from close range after Andrade’s corner ended up at his feet.

But the home side’s parity only lasted a matter of seconds.

Bird nodded on Pinnock’s long throw and with Smith already diving to his right, Daniel hooked the ball into the middle of the goal, in spite of the keeper’s attempts to palm the ball away.

Wood Sub Michael Folivi was unable to pass to a teammate after finding space down the left-hand side and the Watford loanee then saw his next strike blocked by the sea of yellow shirts ahead of him.

And Whites seemingly wrapped up the three points thanks to Ilesanmi’s fine finish against his former club.

The wing-back collected Daniel’s cross and after cutting inside, smashed the ball with his right foot into the bottom corner.

But the 117 visiting fans had to endure a nervy few minutes when Alex Davey clawed a goal back for the Hertfordshire team.

Andrade’s 20-yard set piece struck the bar and after some pinball in the box, Davey fired in to set up a grandstand finish.

But Whites held on to move up one place to sixth in the standings and extend their unbeaten run on the road to five matches.

Earlier boss Kinnear made one change to the side that started at home to Marine last weekend. Anthony Jeffrey replaced Kane Richards, who started as a substitute.

DOVER ATHLETIC

BOREHAM WOOD REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Boreham Wood

1Grant Smith Goalkeeper
2Kane Smith Defender
17Jamie Turley Defender 87'
6David Stephens Defender 70'
38'
24Alex Davey 3 Defender 87'
7Ricky Shakes Midfielder
8Tom Champion Midfielder, (c)
10Keiran Murtagh Midfielder
11Bruno Andrade Forward
12Joe Quigley 20 Forward 31'
19Angelo Balanta Forward
3Danny Woodards 24 Defender Davey 90'
4Mark Ricketts Midfielder
15Shaun Jeffers Forward
20Michael Folivi 12 Forward Quigley 59'
52'
23Blair Turgott Forward
  2 2 2 3

First Team Manager: Luke Garrard

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender 52'
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender 85'
44'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey 16 Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 75'
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward
17Ryan Bird Forward 52', 72'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme 18 Defender Nortey 82'
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 66'
72'
85'
28Liam Bellamy Midfielder
  2 3 3 2

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Neil HareRyan Head
Tom Bishop
Jack Hall

Ground

Meadow Park
56 Broughinge Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5AL, UK