Dagenham & Redbridge v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
21st November 2017 7:45 pm National League 2017-2018 1,262 Giancarlo Gallifuoco Ferrier (23)

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WHITES 10-match unbeaten league run came to an end following a narrow defeat at a rainy Victoria Road on Tuesday evening.

A first-half header from Morgan Ferrier and some stunning saves from home keeper Mark Cousins saw Dover relinquish their grip on top spot in the National League standings as Chris Kinnear’s men slipped into second place, two points behind new leaders Wrexham.

The Daggers almost took an early lead when Sam Ling snuck in at the far post to nod Corey Whitely’s zipped corner into the side netting.

Visitors Dover should have gone ahead two minutes later, but Cousin flung himself across his goalmouth to tip away James Alabi’s header after Mitch Brundle’s mishit volley fell kindly for the loanee.

The striker then blasted narrowly over following a powerful surge into the area.

Cousin’s opposite number Mitch Walker then performed his own acrobatics, stretching to divert John Robson’s dipping header from the edge of the box from underneath the crossbar.

But there was nothing Athletic’s stopper could do about the home side’s opener midway through the first half.

The impressive Ling latched onto Cousin’s inch-perfect throw and sent in a delicious ball for Ferrier to head home from close range.

Ling then blasted over from an acute angle and the winger forced Walker into a low save with a drilled effort from the edge of the box.

Dagenham’s keeper denied Alabi once again in first-half stoppage time. The attacker powered Mitch Pinnock’s pinpoint cross towards goal, only for Cousins to somehow claw the ball away to safety.

And the 30-year old goalie made his best save just after the break to prevent what seemed a certain equaliser for Whites.

Having beaten Jake Howells out wide, Pinnock’s goalward volley appeared destined for the top corner. But Cousins clearly had other ideas and was somehow able to turn the winger’s shot behind for a corner.

Walker then ensured his side stayed in the game, blocking Ferrier’s angled effort with Michael Cheek firing over the rebound.

And Cousins thwarted the visitors once again, smothering the ball before Pinnock could latch onto Nortei Nortey’s through ball.

Whitely’s strike from near the byline clipped the bar and the winger then forced Walker into a fingertip save with a curling effort.

And John Still’s team should have doubled their lead in injury time, but sub Dan Sparkes blasted past the post when put in the clear by Whitely.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made one change to the side that started away at Leyton Orient. Loui Fazakerley replaced the injured Josh Passley.

Athletic next face AFC Fylde at Crabble on Saturday 25th November at Crabble. Kick off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dagenham & Redbridge

30Mark Cousins Goalkeeper
19Sam Ling Defender 23'
4Scott Doe Defender, (c)
18Kevin Lokko Defender
29Jake Howells Midfielder
5Craig Robson Defender
7Luke Howell Midfielder
17Andre Boucaud Midfielder
25Corey Whitely Midfielder
23Michael Cheek 24 Forward
10Morgan Ferrier 14 Forward 23'
8Charlee Adams Midfielder
13Lewis Moore Goalkeeper
14Dan Sparkes 10 Midfielder Ferrier 88'
22Joe White Forward
24Mason Bloomfield 23 Forward Cheek 67'
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First Team Manager: John Still

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender 78'
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey 23 Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward
17Ryan Bird Forward
19James Alabi 25 Forward
7Kane Richards Forward
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
23Kadell Daniel 18 Forward Nortey 72'
25Anthony Jeffrey 19 Forward Alabi 65'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
David RockDaniel Berry
Mike Desborough
Dave Bushell

Ground

The Chigwell Construction Stadium
Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Dagenham RM10 7XL, United Kingdom